A six-run first inning more than set the tone for the rest of the game as Cedaredge rambled past Gunnison's Cowboys by a score of 12-2 in prep softball action during Homecoming week.
The Bruins, 6-1 and 9-4, jumped on Gunnison, 2-4 and 2-11, for six runs and added another four-spot in the third frame for a 10-0 lead heading to the fourth inning.
Cedaredge plated two more runs for a 12-0 lead as the game entered the fifth inning. Gunnison collected a timely hit from Maddie Redden for one RBI and Violet Fry accounted for the Cowboys' final run ending the game by way of the 10-run rule, 12-2.
Lacey Rodriguez picked up her second win against two losses for the Bruins. She went five innings in the circle allowing three hits and two runs.
There were nine hits from Cedaredge batters with Rodriguez's three-for-three performance leading the way. Rodriguez scored once and knocked in two with help on a double and triple.
Senior Brittney Thliveris was 1-3 and three RBIs while teammates Josie Hiatt and Brittany Kendall recorded two RBIs apiece. Kendall also had a triple in the game for the Bruins.
The Bruins have several athletes in the top five in several statistical categories.
Rodriguez's .562 is third in 3A District 5 rankings. Katie Hyke's two home runs rank fourth, and Josie Hiatt is third in RBIs with 20.
Shayna Dale is tied with Delta's Jenna Sutliff for top honors in runs scored with 23 with Kambry Hall and Hyke ranked third and fifth with 19 and 18 runs respectively.
Rodriguez leads the league in on-base percentage with a .720 and Kendall and Rodriguez are first and fourth in the earned run category with 3.53 and 5.54 respectively.
Kendall is third in strikeouts with 44 and Rodriguez is fifth with 16. In the wins department, Kendall is second with five wins and Rodriguez fifth with her two wins.
Thliveris leads the league in fielding percentage with a .984.
The Bruins played Meeker Sept. 27 and take on Delta Sept. 29 in a rematch from earlier in the season. The Delta/Cedaredge contest is set for a 4 p.m. start.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.