The Cedaredge Bruins were on their game when they took on Gunnison's Cowboys on Oct. 4 in Gunnison. A 13-hit attack produced a 15-5 win after the Bruins rallied for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.
A doubleheader with Cortez completed the Bruins' regular season softball schedule at home (Field of Dreams) on Oct. 7. Cedaredge trailed, 6-0, before starting a comeback that resulted in a 17-7 win in game one. The Bruins blanked Cortez 16-0 to win the second game of the twinbill.
In Gunnison, the Bruins built a 3-1 lead after two innings of play. Two runs for each team in the third made it 5-3, in favor of Cedaredge, going to the fourth inning.
Cedaredge scored once in the fourth and tacked on another two runs in the fifth for an 8-3 lead. Gunnison plated two runs in the bottom of the inning to cut Cedaredge's lead to 8-5.
The seven-run explosion in the top of the sixth for Cedaredge ended the game at 15-5 after the Cowboys failed to score in its half of the inning.
Cedaredge senior Shayna Dale had three hits, including a double and a home run, scored three times and drove in three runs to lead the Bruins' offense. Junior Josie Hiatt was close behind Dale with two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs.
Seniors Kelsey Stroud and Lacey Rodriguez had two RBIs each in the game.
Rodriguez (3-1) was the winning pitcher for the Bruins with five innings pitched with four hits and five runs being allowed and she struck out six batters.
Against the Panthers on Friday, the Bruins started slow and found themselves down 6-0 after two innings of play as they came to bat in the bottom of the second inning.
A five-hit burst for the Bruins delivered four runs in the bottom of the second frame and cut the Panthers' lead to 6-4.
Cortez failed to score in the third and the Bruins took advantage of that with an eight-run surge that jumped the Bruins out front with a lead of 12-6. Dale and Brittany Kendall hit two-run home runs in the inning, adding to the seven-hits for the Bruins in the inning.
Cortez added its final run of the game in the fourth inning while the Bruins tacked on four runs in the fifth and another run in the sixth to end the game, 17-7.
Five Cortez players had two hits in the game but could not stop the Bruins' offense.
Cedaredge pounded out 19 hits, including two home runs and three doubles.
Kendall and Rodriguez supplied eight of the 17 Bruins' runs with four RBIs apiece. Kendall had two hits, a double and a home run, for her four RBIs and Rodriguez had three hits, including a double and home run, for her four runs driven in. Dale's 2-4 day was good for two RBIs.
Freshman Presley Frost hit a double to account for two of the Panthers' seven runs.
Kendall picked up the win for Cedaredge.
The Bruins' defense was present from the start of the twinbill's second game and held Cortez's offense in check to preserve the 16-0 shutout.
Cedaredge led 2-0 after one inning and scored another nine runs in the second frame for an 11-0 lead.
The Bruins scored once in the third and ended the game with four more runs in the fourth inning, 16-0.
Cedaredge is second in 3A District 5 standings with a 10-2 slate in league play and 14-5 overall. Basalt holds the top spot at 11-1 and 15-4.
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