The Cedaredge High School softball team lost 12-1 to the Basalt Longhorns on Aug. 27. Cedaredge starting pitcher, Summer Young, had seven strikeouts on the night. Third baseman, Elle Lewis, plated the Bruins’ lone run by way of sacrifice fly in the first, scoring Young. Defensively, Lewis demonstrated the hustle Coach Terry Montoya is looking for by diving for a foul ball, although the ball landed just out of reach. A few pitches later, Lewis made a throw to home with catcher, Jamie Meyer, blocking the plate to secure the out.
Cedaredge’s solid defense was on display throughout the game. More defensive highlights included centerfielder, Violet Gonzalez, making a running catch in the gap, second baseman, Chaycelynn Urquhart, getting two assists, and Young making a phenomenal diving stop to get an out at second. Unfortunately, Basalt had strong fourth and fifth innings to seal the victory.
Following the game Montoya remained confident in his team despite the loss. “The girls keep giving me great effort, so I will just need to do more on my part. I still believe that we have the pieces ... we just need to find the right fit. That’s on me. I need to do a better job. The girls are playing hard, and that’s all I can ask of them,” Montoya said.
The Bruins competed in the Sheridan Tournament in Denver Aug. 30-31. Their first opponent was the 4A Kennedy Commanders. Led by Young’s 10 strikeout performance, Cedaredge took the victory by a score of 14-2.
After losing 7-0 to the 4A Conifer Lobos in the late game on Friday, Cedaredge played the Holyoke Dragons on Saturday. The Bruins were down for the majority of the game, but as they’ve done so far this season, they never gave up and came away victors in dramatic fashion. Losing 6-3 in the final inning, the Bruins’ bats came alive. Gonzalez got a two-out rally started with a base hit, eventually making it to third on a McKayla Meyer base hit. All-conference player, Jazmyn Hart, singled to drive in Gonzalez, making the score 6-4. Cedaredge wasn’t done, as Young came up with a long base hit to plate both Meyer and Hart, tying the game. A clutch single by Lewis drove in Young to give the Bruins the lead at 7-6. Holyoke finally got the third out, but Cedaredge pitcher, Lewis, got the win after shutting down the Dragon hitters in the bottom frame.
Under the lights, Cedaredge carried momentum into its final game against The Academy Wildcats Saturday night. The Bruins took an early 5-0 lead and claimed the victory 6-4 to end the weekend with three wins and one loss. Lewis pitched a complete game.
Ivy Kirk, Saidee Antal, Jamie Meyer and Lauren Pierce also hit the ball well throughout the tournament for the Bruins.
Coach Montoya believed he needed to do better after the Basalt loss. Clearly, he made some adjustments that resulted in bringing home the third place trophy from the Sheridan Tournament. Something else seems to have been brought back from Denver, as well ... the team’s confidence.
Cedaredge plays Gunnison at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. A busy schedule awaits the Bruins the following week as they host a homecoming doubleheader with Meeker at 3 and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, play Palisade at CMU at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, and travel to Cortez for a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.