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Cedaredge wins 3A District 5 softball title

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Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge pitcher Lacey Rodriguez gets the tag down too late to keep the Panthers' second baseman, Jenna Sutliff, from scoring a run in a non-conference game played between the two schools. Delta came from a 5-3 deficit for an 11-6 v

The Cedaredge High School softball team won three of its five softball games played last week. Action began for the Bruins on Monday, Sept. 28, against Delta (see related story in today's paper). That game resulted in an 11-6 loss.

On Sept. 30, Cedaredge battled Palisade in a game played on the campus of CMU. The Bulldogs won that contest 12-11, and won the season's series, 2-1. Both Delta and Palisade are Class 4A schools which are on top of the 4A WSL.

Rifle, the Bruins' third opponent of the week, is also a member of the 4A WSL. Cedaredge won this game, 10-4.

The Bruins played a doubleheader against 3A District 5 league member Basalt last Saturday. Cedaredge won both games with scores of 14-4 and 13-2.

Cedaredge finished play last week with records of 7-0 and 10-6. Five of the six losses came at the hands of upper division schools.

The Bruins are in control of the 3A District 5 standings with Meeker second with 4-2 and 9-6 records. Basalt is third at 3-4 and 7-10.

PHS 12, Bruins 11

Palisade scored the game's first four runs and held a 4-0 lead heading to the sixth inning. The Bruins put together an eight-run inning in the sixth and led 8-6.

A three-run seventh inning had the Bruins leading 11-6 with the outlook in favor of Cedaredge. The Bulldogs had other plans however, as they put together a six-run surge in the bottom of the seventh to steal a 12-11 victory.

Hailey Lofley was Cedaredge's leading hitter with three hits in four at bats that included two runs and two RBIs. Teammate Samantha Galley was one for four with two runs scored, a home run and four RBIs.

Palisade's Paige Orman had three RBIs with two hits while Caitlyn Charlesworth generated three RBIs on a double.

Orman, 10-5, was the winning pitcher for Palisade and Lacey Rodriguez, 5-3, took the loss.

Bruins 10, Bears 4

Cedaredge trailed 4-3 going to the sixth inning. A Bruins' seven-run burst in the top of the seventh inning turned the game around for Cedaredge enabling Bruins to win by a score of 10-4.

Chey Christian, Cedaredge coach Matt Hall's Player of the Game, finished the game with three hits, including a double and an RBI. Brittney Thliveris was one for two with two RBIs.

Rifle's leading hitters were Claudia Abbott and McKenzie Diaz with two hits apiece.

Rodriguez was the winning pitcher for Cedaredge.

DH versus Basalt
Game 1
Bruins 14, Basalt 4

Chey Christian was coach Hall's Player of the Game once again in game one of the Bruins' doubleheader against Basalt's Longhorns. Christian had two hits in four at bats with a pair of RBIs.

Shayna Dale led Cedaredge's offense with three hits, including a double, and she scored three runs. Lofley and Galley had four RBIs on two hits apiece.

Basalt finished the game with just three hits, including a Kaity Johnson home run.

A note from Coach Hall related an interesting story about the kind of character his players have. In the Bruins' first game, Basalt's centerfielder had a deep hit to left field. It was originally ruled a ground rule double by the home plate umpire. "However, my left fielder (Chey Christian), without hesitation, informed the umpires that the ball actually went over the fence in the air," stated Hall. The call was reversed and Basalt was awarded the home run.

Kendall, 4-2, was the winning pitcher for Cedaredge.

Game 2
Bruins 13, Basalt 2

Cedaredge's offense was too much for the Longhorns in game two of doubleheader play in Cedaredge. The Bruins wasted little time in establishing who was in control of this contest as Cedaredge vaulted to a 6-2 lead after two innings.

Another four runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth was all it took to end the game in five innings, 13-2.

Kendall was the Bruins' top hitter with three safeties in three at bats. Cedaredge's top RBI-producer was Galley with six, including her sixth home run of the season. Christian, Dale and Thliveris had two hits each in the game for Cedaredge. Christian's two hits were doubles.

Rodriguez was the winning pitcher.

According to Hall, with the wins against Basalt, the Bruins have clinched a 3A District 5 league title and will host games in the first round of playoffs.

The Bruins host Gunnison at the Field of Dreams on Oct. 8 for a game scheduled for 3 p.m.

Cedaredge will complete its regular season with a scheduled doubleheader against Class 4A Eagle Valley on Oct. 10 at the Field of Dreams. Game times are set for 9 and 11 a.m.

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