Snowmass history: Softball showdown |

Snowmass history: Softball showdown

Leah Principe of the Snowmass Company team at bat during a softball game against the Ski Company team. The image appeared on the cover of The Aspen Times on July 1, 1982.
Aspen Historical Society

“‘They came out ready to kick our ass and that’s just what they did’ – a Snowmass Company coach. “Not quite, coach,” wrote Aspen Times reporter Mick Ireland on July 1, 1982, “unless losing by one run in the bottom of the last inning is getting your ass kicked. In any event, Snowmass Company was the last ladies’ softball team to fall from the unbeaten ranks, losing 21-20 to defending champion Ski Co in the bottom of the sixth. The contest between this year’s front runner and last year’s champs was marked by good hitting and poor fielding as both teams scored early and often. … The 46 hits, numerous errors and occasional walks required more than the normal hour and fifteen minutes allotted for a game. Entering the sixth inning, time had run out with the teams tied at 20 runs apiece. With one out, Snowmass’ Sid Reynolds walked and scored on Leah Principe’s single left but the rally ended with a ground out to the pitcher, giving Snowmass a one-run lead going into the final half-inning. Having scored at least three runs in each of the previous five innings, Ski Co had no trouble getting the tying and winning runs as Valerie Byrnes doubled, Smith singled, Roine St Andre singled to score Byrnes and later crossed the plate with the winning run on Donna Le Fever’s single up the middle. The win left Ski Co with a 5-3 record while Snowmass remains atop the league at 7-1.”