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.
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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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