By Wayne Crick
Cedaredge opened its 2020 softball campaign on the road in Montrose on Aug. 17, with a 16-2 win. The win gave new head coach Lonny Stroud his first win as the Bruins’ mentor.
The Bruins stole 21 of 22 attempted bases which led to 16 runs in the game. Senior Brooke Claridge led the race around the base paths with five steals in five attempts and was followed by junior Kayla Davis’ four steals in four attempts. Each runner scored twice in the game for Cedaredge. Junior Larissa Cotten had three steals and scored three times for the Bruins. Senior Jazmyn Ince and junior Lauren Pierce were three-for-three in steals and scored twice.
Cedaredge played solid defense against the Indians with only two errors being recorded in the game for the Bruins. Coach Stroud had plenty of praise for his team’s defense citing several instances where individuals made outstanding plays.
“Jakira Barnett made two great catches in center field and made a huge throw from center to Jamie Meyer at home for an out,” Stroud said. “Jamie (Meyer) also had a tough catch for an out.”
Stroud also noted the play of senior Jazmyn Ince whom he said was “rock solid” at shortstop and sophomore Araylin Hoffbauer who made some incredible stretches at first base to make plays for outs.
Offensively, the Bruins were .500 at the plate. Seniors McKayla Meyer and Candace Siebler both had triples in the game for Cedaredge while Jaimie Meyer and Ince both had doubles for the Bruins. Cedaredge’s RBI leaders were Jaime Meyer and Pierce with two each. Stroud said it best about the game with, “Our bats were on fire and the defense was solid with only two errors.”
Equally impressive for the Bruins was Siebler’s performance in the circle with five innings of work and four strikeouts.