Cedaredge High School's softball team clinched a league title a week ago. Last week's loss to a determined Gunnison team, on Oct. 8, spoiled a perfect league record but did little else. The Bruins enter this week's post-season play with a 12-7 overall record with some quality play against tough opponents that could help pave the way for Cedaredge to go deep into the playoffs.
Against Gunnison the Bruins fell behind 4-0 after three innings of play. A six-run rally in the fourth inning shot the Bruins in front, 6-4.
Each team scored single runs in the fourth, keeping the Bruins in front 7-5. Gunnison plated another run in the fifth, cutting Cedaredge's lead to one, 7-6.
An insurance run in the sixth wasn't enough for Cedaredge as the Cowboys stole the lead away with a three-run seventh inning.
The Bruins failed to score in their half of the inning, giving Gunnison the 9-8 victory.
Coach Matt Hall selected Mik Wilkerson as Cedaredge's Player of the Game, citing her play as awesome.
Wilkerson had two hits, with a double and three RBIs. Hailey Lofley had two RBIs and Lacey Rodriguez had a double in the game.
Gunnison's Madi Johnson had four hits with a double and two RBIs. Lily Westay had three hits and four RBIs.
Brittany Kendall posted her fourth win against three losses.
The Bruins wasted little time in game one of a doubleheader with Eagle Valley on Saturday. A seven-run surge in the first inning paced Cedaredge's torrid hitting. A two-run first inning for the Devils kept the game relatively close, at least for one-half inning.
Cedaredge hammered out six more runs in the second inning, and the rout was just getting started. One more run in the third and five in the fourth ended the game when Eagle Valley scored just once to put the 10-run rule into play, 19-3.
Wilkerson stayed hot, to further highlight Hall's praise for the senior's play during the week. She produced two RBIs on three hits in four at bats.
Sam Galley went two-for-two with three runs scored, a double and two RBIs.
Chey Christian had a good day as well with three runs scored, a home run and four RBIs.
Eagle Valley's Cody Osteen led the Devils with three hits.
Rodriguez was the winning pitcher for Cedaredge and improved her record to 6-3.
In game two, the Bruins didn't get as good a start as they did in game one, but they did take a 4-1 lead after one inning.
There were two scoreless innings before the Bruins posted another four-spot for an 8-1 lead.
Single runs in the fifth and sixth innings produced the game's final score of 10-1.
Kelsey Stroud, Shayna Dale, Galley and Kendall all had two hits for the Bruins. Galley finished the day with two doubles.
Osteen had two hits to once again lead Eagle Valley's offense.
Kendall's 10 strikeouts helped her pick up win number five against three losses for the season.
In Class 3A softball playoffs there are eight regions throughout the state. Cedaredge's 3A District 5 title sealed a bid to host first-round playoff action at the Field of Dreams on Oct. 17.
The Bruins, sixth-seeded at 12-7, will play host to seventh-seed Brush, 12-7, and Meeker, the number 18 seed with a 9-9 record.
The Bruins, as the top seed, draw a bye to start play while Brush and Meeker battle at 10 a.m. to see which team faces Cedaredge for the Region 6 title at 12:15 p.m.
If Cedaredge wins the second game, the two teams in that game will move on to state competition, Oct. 23-24.