Cedaredge High School softball

Cedaredge High School sophomore Lauren Pierce, shown in an early season photo, hit her first home run. The Bruins have compiled a 13-7 record to date.

The Cedaredge High School Bruins softball team had another busy week. The Bruins played the Aspen High School Skiers in Cedaredge on Oct. 1. Once again, Cedaredge was able to come out on top by way of a 17-0 score.

Cedaredge made the trip to Rifle on Oct. 3 to face the Rifle High School Bears. The Bruins jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Eventually, the Bears took over the lead and won 13-12.

Cedaredge head coach, Terry Montoya, was proud of his team for the way it played the game.

“The loss is on me. I tried a few different things and it backfired on me,” Montoya said. “These athletes beat Rifle in every way, including having class and representing our town and school at the highest level. I lost that game. I am beyond proud of these athletes. They will go to war with anyone. I will fix my mistakes.”

On Oct. 5, the Bruins made their way up to Meeker High School to take on the Cowboys for the third time this season. The Bruins took care of business once again as they came out victorious 18-4 over Meeker. Cedaredge’s starting pitcher, Summer Young, picked up the victory and had six strikeouts on the day. McKayla Meyer and Ellie Lewis also received some pitching time in the game.

Following the recent losses, Montoya was happy with how his team has kept grinding to improve.

“We continue to hit the ball hard. We are seeing it really well and are putting great swings on pitchers. Sophomore Lauren Pierce hit an absolute bomb, just to the right of dead center. (The bomb was Pierce’s first varsity home run.) That was one of the best swings, and hardest hit balls I have seen,” Montoya said. “Summer Young is still getting after hitters in the bump, and we continue to produce runs.”

The end of the regular season is coming soon with teams hoping for a regional playoff opportunity, which gets Montoya enthused.

“I feel very confident heading into the post-season. Our players are still hungry and want to work everyday. They are locked in ... and we are getting better,” said Montoya. “We just need to continue to polish our game, and we’ll be right in the mix.”

Yesterday, Cedaredge played the Eagle Valley High School Devils. Cedaredge faces the Delta High School Panthers on Oct. 10. Varsity action is scheduled for 3 p.m. with junior varsity to follow.

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