The Cedaredge Bruins faced a brutal softball schedule this past week, beginning on Tuesday with a doubleheader in Basalt, a game in Aspen and then a weekend tournament in Berthoud in which the Bruins played four more games making it a total of seven contests in just three days.
The good news is the Bruins won four of the seven games bringing their season record to 6-3.
In most cases, the losses suffered by Cedaredge were due, in part, to an inordinate number of errors.
In Basalt the Bruins won their opener by a 12-2 decision in six innings. Game two was an 8-7 loss that included three Bruins' errors.
Cedaredge jumped on the Longhorns for seven runs in the seventh inning and cruised to the victory with five more runs over the next four innings.
Shayna Dale, Nicole Miller, Brittney Thliveris and Shelby Stone finished the game with one hit apiece. Miller picked up an RBI with a double while Thliveris and Brittany Kendall were credited with a pair of RBIs apiece.
Kendall picked up the win after going six innings and allowing two hits, two runs, seven walks and seven strikeouts.
Basalt began the second game with a three-run advantage and added a singleton in the second frame to take a 4-0 lead. The Bruins countered with a four-run effort in the second inning to tie the game and went ahead, 5-4, with a run in the third.
Each team scored once in the fourth leaving Cedaredge ahead 6-5. The fifth inning belonged to Basalt as it outscored the Bruins 3-1 to earn the win at 8-7.
Basalt outhit Cedaredge 10-5 in the second game and each team recorded three errors.
Kendall took the loss for the Bruins.
Katie Hyke was Cedaredge's leading batter in game two with two hits, two runs scored and a double. Thliveris also had a double in the game for Cedaredge.
Cedaredge's game in Aspen on Sept. 8 started with a bang for the Bruins. A 10-run first inning was followed by a nine-run second. The Bruins' offense faltered in the third inning and managed to score just five runs to end the game in three innings. Aspen scored its two runs in the first frame.
A 13-hit attack was marred by four errors by Cedaredge players. Aspen more than doubled that number with nine miscues.
Hyke's home run paced the Bruins' 13-hit attack while Thliveris delivered a three-hit game and four RBIs.
Josie Hiatt had a triple and two RBIs and Dale had an RBI.
Freshman Summer Young earned the win for Cedaredge.
Cedaredge faced Berthoud in its first game at the Berthoud Tournament on Friday. The Spartans scored four runs in the first inning and limited the Bruins to just one to start the game.
From there the Spartans added two runs in the second, one run in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth to close out scoring for a 12-1 decision.
Hyke continued her hitting streak with two hits and two RBIs for Cedaredge.
Cedaredge's second game on Friday was against Widefield. The Bruins collected eight hits in the game with Hiatt's two doubles leading the way. Dale and Kendall also had doubles and two RBIs each. Hyke and Thliveris hit triples in the game.
One down note was the seven errors recorded by the Bruins' defense.
Kendall picked up her third win of the season against three losses.
Complete game statistics for the final two games on Saturday were not available.
Against Strasburg, the Bruins were defeated 17-2 and then finished tournament play with a 20-6 win over Skyline.
Cedaredge traveled to Meeker on Sept. 13 where the Bruins took on the Cowboys at 4 p.m. On Thursday, Sept. 15, Cedaredge is in Delta to face the Panthers at 4 p.m. and then play in Rifle on Friday beginning at 4 p.m.