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Bruins ousted in 3A softball playoff loss

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Cedaredge High School's softball season came to an abrupt halt last Saturday in Brush.

The Bruins, playing in 3A Region 1, were seeded 17th and faced number 16 seed, Valley, out of 3A District 5. Six of the remaining 16 teams playing in the 2017 3A state softball tournament play in the same league. Strasburg (#3), Brush (#1), Eaton (#2), University (#9), Sterling (#13) and Valley (#15) made it through regional playoffs and earned berths in this weekends state tournament. The Bruins finished the season with a 7-5 league mark and 9-11 overall.

Cedaredge's luck in drawing Valley's Vikings wasn't a bad thing. The Bruins just came up short in an 11-9 loss in first-round play in Brush.

A four-run first inning gave the Bruins an early 4-2 lead after one inning of play had ended. Two more runs in the third made the score 6-3 with Valley coming to bat in the bottom half of the inning.

The Vikings scored three runs to tie the game in their half of the third inning.

A two-run fourth put the Bruins back on top at 8-6 with the Vikings coming to bat, again, in the bottom half of the inning. Valley put its bats to good use with a four-run rally of its own to go ahead 10-8 heading to the fifth inning.

Cedaredge failed to score in the fifth and the Vikings plated one more run for an 11-8 lead.

A single run for the Bruins in the seventh inning ended scoring for the game and left Cedaredge two runs short in the 11-9 loss.

Cedaredge did not go quietly in a game where breaks certainly could have made a difference. Valley committed seven errors while the Bruins had three miscues in the course of seven innings.

Cedaredge also outhit the Vikings 14-9 in the loss.

Senior Josie Hiatt hit her first home run of the season and drove in two runs for the Bruins with a three-for-four plate performance.

Kambry Hall, a senior and daughter of Cedaredge coach Matt Hall, also had three hits in the game.

Junior Neveah Martinez had two hits and an RBI for Cedaredge while Summer Young, Katie Hyke and Nicole Miller had hits and an RBI each in the loss.

Though the season ended with a loss, coach Hall was able to put the season in perspective. "Overall the season went really well. We saw considerable growth throughout the season. I don't think many expected us to go as far as we did having lost so many strong seniors from last year. This year's seniors did a great job leading the team in both performances as well as off-the-field leadership. We also benefited with a group of juniors and sophomores that are the epitome of heart and tenacity. This team will be tough to beat next year."

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