Basalt, Aspen softball teams play three apiece at tourney
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EAGLE, Colol. ” Basalt’s softball team was just a few runs short of going 3-0 over the weekend at a tournament in Eagle. The same 4A Delta team that got the best of the Longhorns on Friday night also edged Aspen on Saturday ” one of two losses on the weekend for the Skiers.
Aspen’s 13-10 loss to Delta was its only close game of the tournament. The Skiers easily handled Middle Park in a 12-0 win, then found themselves overmatched in an 11-1 mercy-rule loss to host Eagle Valley.
Basalt ace Alexa Aitken found herself in a pitcher’s duel Friday night against Delta. Both teams managed only three hits each in seven innings. Despite the dearth of offense, Delta managed to manufacture more runs in a 3-1 win. Delta’s first batter was hit by a pitch, worked her way to third and then scored on a fielder’s choice.
Delta scored another run in the third inning after a batter reached on a single, then worked her way around the bases on a couple of wild pitches. Basalt scored in the bottom of the inning to pull within one, before Delta’s lead-off hitter homered in the sixth to up the advantage to two again.
After the tough defeat, Basalt rolled in its Saturday morning game, downing Steamboat Springs, 19-2, in three innings. Jamie Matherly pitched three hitless innings to earn the win, while Basalt’s bats broke out for 12 hits.
Basalt then played what coach Bruce Matherly called his team’s best game Saturday afternoon, downing 4A Palisade, 10-0, in five innings.
Aitken only gave up three hits in the win, one of which was a triple to the fence that the Palisade runner tried to work into an inside-the-park home run.
Longhorns center fielder Connor Adams, however, chased the ball nearly to the fence, then hit shortstop Matherly with a cutoff throw, who then fired a strike to Kenzie Kuhn for an out at home plate.
Offensively, Aitken was 3-for-3 at the plate, Adams was 2-for-2 and Jessie Anderson and Matherly both went 2-for-3.
Basalt travels to Steamboat Springs Tuesday, then hosts Aspen at 4 p.m. Thursday.
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This is the 53rd Aspen Ruggerfest, a year delayed after the 2020 tournament was canceled. It’s one of the country’s most prestigious and longest-running tournaments of its kind still left and draws in high-level players from all over the world.