The Cedaredge High School softball team hosted the Gunnison Cowboys, Sept. 5. The scrappy league opponent proved to be a difficult task for the Bruins. However, for those who’ve been following Cedaredge this season, it came as no surprise to see the team come away with a hard fought 14-13 victory. The Bruins have now won 12 of the last 14 against Gunnison.
Pitcher, Elle Lewis, went the distance for the Bruins for her second consecutive complete game victory. Twins, Jamie and McKayla Meyer, were out due to illness, which presented the opportunity for two teammates to get some rare plate appearances. Reserve player, Indigo Miller-Barnes embraced the chance, getting two hits and making some nice plays defensively. Chaycelynn Urquhart made solid contact at the plate, as well. Jamie Meyer has been the starting catcher, which forced a position change for the Bruins. It wasn’t a big deal when you consider they have experienced utility player, Jazmyn Hart, willing and able to play catcher.
Sophomore Lauren Pierce got something going for the home team in the bottom of the fourth with a long double. A few batters later, Miller-Barnes came to the batter’s box with teammates on first and second and drove in Pierce with a single. The Bruins scored a second run in the inning by way of Lewis drawing a walk with the bases loaded. Eventually, the Cowboys got the final out after the Bruins took the lead. Pierce had two doubles on the night.
In the top of the seventh, Pierce showed some excellent defense at third base getting the first out after making a nice throw to first baseman, Ivy Kirk. A few errors by the Bruins and timely hitting by the Cowboys led to three runs for the visitors. That got the nerves going for the home team, but they were calmed by the confident instruction coming from coach Terry Montoya. Shortstop, Summer Young, caught a short pop-up for the second out, and second baseman, Urquhart, sealed the victory with a nice defensive play and toss to Kirk.
“We found a way to win,” Montoya said. For a team with loads of potential, the coaching staff knows they must keep the expectations and motivation high.
“We didn’t play to our ability,” Montoya continued. “However, we will figure out a way to do so. Again, this is a talented bunch ... we have an opportunity to do some big things. We need to work to be consistent and take care of the little things. We will get there. There is no doubt.”
Overall, Cedaredge collected 21 hits on the night. Kirk remained hot at the plate going three for five and two runs batted in (RBI) for Cedaredge. Hart had a stellar four of four performance at the plate with two RBI and three runs scored. Lewis led the team with five RBI.
Cedaredge extended its winning streak to three and is now 4-3 overall, 1-1 in league play.
“We head into a busy week with some contenders, and homecoming,” said Montoya. “This is a different team though, as they are focused and eager to get better every day. Softball is a priority to them which makes the process easier.”
On Sept. 10, Cedaredge played host to Meeker for a homecoming doubleheader. Game one is set to begin at 3 p.m. The Bruins play Palisade on the Colorado Mesa field 7 p.m. Sept. 11. The team completes the week with a doubleheader against Montezuma-Cortez in Cortez on Saturday, Sept. 14. Game one is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.