On Aug. 31, the Bruins softball team put up numbers that were more like basketball than softball, coach Lonny Stroud said.
The team faced off against Basalt at home with a final score of 29-26. Unfortunately, that high was met with a bit of a low when on Sept. 4, the team lost to the Palisade Bulldogs 17-7. This brings the team to 1-4, overall.
“(The Basalt game was) probably the funniest game I’ve ever coached,” Stroud said. “We were down around nine runs going into the bottom of the sixth but I never once doubted this team because I know their ‘whatever it takes attitude’ and the heart this team has. All I said was ‘Hey, let’s make a memory right here’ and boy did we.”
The team scored 12 runs in that at bats. The team had 35 hits in that game — 18 singles, 11 doubles, two triples and four homers. According to the coach, the MVP was Larissa Cotten. She went 6 for 7 at bats, 4 RBI, scored 5 runs, pitched three innings and only allowed 7 hits, 6 runs with 2 Ks.
Other stand out players for this game were Kayla Davis who batted 1.000. She had 1 single, 1 double, 2 triples and 2 homers and 7 RBIs. Elizabeth Galley also had great at bats as she went 5 for 6 with 1 single, 2 doubles and 2 homers and also had 7 RBIs.
In the Palisade game, sophomore Galley had 4 at bats, 4 hits and 3 RBIs; Shaelyn Hunsberger 4 at bats, 3 hits and 2 RBIs; Kacey Walck 3 at bats, 2 hits and 2 RBIs; and Cotten had 4 at bats, 3 hits and 1 RBI.Galley pitched 6 innings, allowed 23 hits, 17 runs and 5 Ks.
“This week we will focus on not allowing so many free bases and really sticking with what we have been doing cause this team is really coming together,” the coach said.
The team plays again 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at home against Eagle Valley.