On Sept. 17, the Cedaredge Bruins’ softball team defeated the Aspen High School Skiers 26-3. On Sept. 21, the Bruins played a three-team doubleheader at Basalt High School. Cedaredge defeated the Faith Christian High School Eagles 22-0 in game one.
For game two, the Bruins played the Basalt Longhorns. The Longhorns got out to a 9-2 lead, but as the team has done all season, the Bruins refused to throw in the towel. The Bruins’ experienced head coach, Terry Montoya, decided to play some small ball to attempt to get back in the game.
The Cedaredge players executed the plan accordingly, as if they’d done this before. The inning featured timely hits, base stealing, sacrifice bunts and most importantly, runs. The plan paid off as Cedaredge cut Basalt’s lead to 9-8. The Bruins played well against Basalt, but the Longhorns were able to hold off the talented Bruins, winning 13-9.
“Players have to be selfless to execute small ball, and we did a good job with it,” Montoya said. “My athletes played their tails off and battled the entire game.”
On Sept. 24, Cedaredge defeated Delta High School. (Refer to Wayne Crick’s article for the contest details.)
Cedaredge played the Gunnison Cowboys on Sept. 28. It was the second meeting between the teams this season, with the Bruins winning the first game 14-13. Cedaredge’s play was uncharacteristic this time around. The team committed errors and wasn’t as aggressive at the plate. Gunnison took advantage and defeated the Bruins 14-4.
Montoya was concerned with the loss but motivated as well.
“It is all part of the process. I was pretty disappointed in our approach to the game. We have worked hard all season to try to get people to notice us, and we had just climbed to 10 in RPI,” Montoya said. “However, we can’t ever forget the mindset we had when we were climbing. We got a little complacent and thought that if we showed up, we would just win the game. Gunnison put it to us in every aspect of the game. They are a well-coached team, and I definitely got out coached.That doesn’t sit well with me, and I’m ready to go back and fix it. We will respond.”
Cedaredge first baseman, Ivy Kirk, has been one of the many impact players on the team who understands the potential the team has.
“I believe this team easily has what it takes to win a title,” Kirk said. “However, we can’t let up. We have to keep putting in the work and proving to everyone that we have the talent and integrity,” continued Kirk. “Our team will find out where all the pieces go and execute against our competition.”