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Basalt prep softball team takes three of four at Falcon tourney

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Basalt High School softball team, a composite squad including players from Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork and Basalt, won three of four games over the weekend at the annual Falcon Invitational in Falcon, near Colorado Springs.

The Longhorns swept two games Friday, beating Montbello, 17-1, and topping Coronado, 8-7

On Saturday, the Longhorns beat St. Mary's 9-3. The streak came to an end with a 6-5 loss to Thomas Jefferson.

The weekend tournament improved the Basalt softball record to 5-3.

In the opening victory, head coach Colin Young said Cassidy Young pitched for Basalt, allowing only two hits. She struck our four.

Hunter Ash went 3-for-3 for the Longhorns. Keelie Roberts and Maddie Nieslanik had two hits each.

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Britin Strobel had three hits and a homer; Brittany Driscoll had three hits and a triple.

"We jumped out to an 8-0 lead against Coronado," coach Colin Young said. "We had to hold them off."

Driscoll pitched and picked up the victory. She also had two hits, including a triple.

Roberts went 3-for-3 at the plate in the BHS win.

Cassidy Young returned to the circle to pitched the 9-3 win over St. Mary's. She had five strikeouts.

Jordan Decrow returned from injury and doubled in the Longhorn win. Strobel drove in two runs with a triple.

The final game of the tourney was against Thomas Jefferson, who won all four games and improved to 9-1 overall.

"TJ is a solid 4A team. They have a really solid pitcher," Young said, adding that the Longhorns had trouble generating offense early in the game.

"And they were hitting the ball hard," he said after Thomas Jefferson built a 6-0 lead.

"Then, we started to make contact. We scored five runs in our last two innings," Young said.

The Longhorns pressured to the end with two runners on base when the final out was recorded.

"It was a good game. A good way to end the weekend," Young said.

Driscoll had two doubles and drove in two runs.

Roberts had two more hits.

"Keelie Roberts had a heckuva weekend at the plate," her coach said.

Nieslanik also had two more hits in her return as the Longhorns catcher.

The Longhorns will host Grand Valley at 4 p.m. Thursday at Basalt High School.

dstrode@aspentimes.com

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