When teams enter regional playoff action in softball, the records of opposing teams may look intimidating or they may seem comforting in that there's a shot to move on. This year's playoffs had a little of both emotions for Cedaredge.
The Lady Bruins began their run at a state 3A softball title with games in Broomfield.
A four-team bracket at Holy Family High School featured the host school Holy Family (#3 with 16-2 record) facing number 22 Grand Valley (1-13) on the top of the bracket.
Cedaredge, the number 15 seed (13-6) played number 10 Rocky Ford (14-5). Winners of each side of the bracket played to earn seeding from Region 1.
The Lady Bruins have played well all season and showed their grit.
Cedaredge defeated Rocky Ford 4-3 and assured itself of a playoff berth in the next round. Holy Family subdued Grand Valley 16-1 and entertained Cedaredge for the Region 1 title.
Bruins 4, RF 3
The first two innings were scoreless with the Meloneers putting the first runs on the scoreboard in the third inning with a two-run surge.
Neither team scored in the fourth. It was Cedaredge's turn to post three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead going to the sixth frame.
Each team scored single runs in the sixth and the score stayed that way the rest of the way with the Lady Bruins winning 4-3.
Jazmine Gomez accounted for two of the four Cedaredge runs with three hits and two RBIs. Katie O'Hern and Kristen Alward each had two hits for the winners.
In all, Cedaredge had 10 hits in the game.
Marissa Cantrell gave up six hits, three runs, and struck out eight batters on her way to the win.
HF 16, Bruins 1
Neither team scored a run in the first two innings of play in the title game.
Cedaredge, after going scoreless in the top of the third, was bombed with 10 runs by the Lady Tigers in the bottom of the inning.
Cedaredge did score a run in the top of the fourth, but the game ended when Holy Family scored six more runs in the bottom of the inning to make the final score 16-1.
Haley Draudt had three hits and three RBIs to lead Holy Family at the plate. Five other Lady Tigers had two hits apiece.
Natalie Gardon won her ninth decision against just one loss for Holy Family.
Cantrell had the lone hit for the Lady Bruins and Shelby Rogers was credited with an RBI to highlight Cedaredge's offense.
Cantrell took the loss and is 12-7 heading into this week's playoff game.
This week's action begins on Oct. 18 in Aurora where first-round play is set to begin. Cedaredge is seeded 12th and will play number five Eaton at 12:15. The winner of this game will face number four Valley, which drew a bye, at 2:30 p.m. on the 18th.
Basalt, the tournament's number eight team, hosted Region 5 and defeated number 17 Faith Christian 5-4. Number five Valley sent Gunnison (number 20) packing, 9-0, and then squared off against Basalt for the Region 5 title. Valley won the game 4-3 to become the Region 5 winner, with Basalt also earning a playoff spot this coming week.
The Lady Longhorns are the nine-seed and take on number eight La Junta at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 18. The winner of this contest will have the pleasure of facing the tournament's number one seed, Strasburg, at 2:30 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus