Two softball wins within the WSL is a lot to be thankful for. Cedaredge's softball team defeated league foes Meeker and Delta last week but suffered a tough loss to 4A Rifle during a busy week of action.
Cedaredge battled past the Cowboys, 15-10, on Sept. 13 and powered its way past first-time league foe Delta, on Sept. 15, 13-3, to record two important wins in the 3A WSL race. Unfortunately, a late inning run spelled defeat (6-5) in Rifle.
Bruins 15, Meeker 10
Each team scored three times in the first inning with another nine runs coming in the second frame. Cedaredge took the lead 8-7 after the second inning and extended its lead with a 3-0 edge in the third inning.
The Bruins didn't let up in the fourth and scored twice to take a 13-8 lead to the fifth.
Cedaredge added single runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to account for its 15 runs and gave up two runs to Meeker in the sixth for the game's final score of 15-10.
Meeker outhit the Bruins 12-10 but committed seven errors in the game.
Katie Hyke starred at the plate for Cedaredge with two hits and four RBIs. Kambry Hall was next in line with three hits and three RBIs with Lacey Rodriguez collecting three hits and an RBI.
Meeker had six players with two hits.
Brittany Kendall was the winning pitcher (5-2) with seven innings of work in which 11 hits were given up with 10 runs being scored (only five were earned). Kendall walked two batters and struck out 11.
Bruins 13, Delta 3
Delta began its softball program in 1999 and played as a junior varsity program until 2000. Cedaredge began its softball program in 2005 and has come full circle with teams contending for state titles the past few years.
The Panthers were in the playoffs, and at state, in the early 2000s with players from all four Delta County schools eligible to play with several making the starting team.
Cedaredge is now the County Team with players from Hotchkiss and Paonia eligible to play with several making big contributions for Matt Hall's Bruins.
The two teams made some history with the first league game between them taking place last week.
This contest began evenly with each team scoring one run in the first inning. The Bruins took control of the game with a seven-run second inning and a four-run third frame to lead 8-3.
The Panthers were held scoreless the rest of the way and Cedaredge tacked on its 13th run in the top of the fourth inning.
Leading hitters for the Bruins included Brittney Thliveris' two hits and an RBI, Shayna Dale's double for an RBI and two runs scored, and Josie Hiatt's double with a run scored and an RBI. Hall and Hyke contributed two RBIs apiece in the win.
For Delta, Lily Lockhart, Megan Sandoval and Saydee Culver had hits.
Rodriguez was the winning pitcher (1-0) and Lockhart (4-4) took the loss.
Cedaredge coach Matt Hall was pleased to come out on the good side in the first league meeting between the two teams. "I liked the results.....I know it wasn't the Delta team we expected. They have a lot of younger kids and they'll get better with more experience. Playing them (Delta) was great motivation for our kids. We get them again and I know they'll play better next time."
Rifle 6, Bruins 5
At Rifle, the Bears found a way to win after Cedaredge had tied the game, 5-5, with a four-run seventh inning. A walkoff hit, in the bottom of the seventh, produced the 6-5 win for Rifle.
Rifle's Kaitlyn Jackson picked up her 10th win against three losses for the season.
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.