Basalt softball all stars honored
The stars lined up for the Basalt Longhorns this year.
The Basalt High School softball team, a composite of players from Basalt, Roaring Fork and Glenwood Springs high schools, powered all the way into the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs last weekend, just missing a chance to play in the final four.
The Longhorns, who had finished second in the 3A regional tournament in Basalt a week earlier, opened the state tournament with a resounding 15-1 victory over La Junta — riding the pitching of Brittany Driscoll’s no-hitter against the Tigers.
Driscoll, a senior from Glenwood Springs, struck out five and walked only two in the first-round state no-hitter.
“We made some defensive plays … we did have three errors, but they didn’t cost us,” head coach Colin Young said, adding that the one run allowed was unearned. “We got a lot of cheap outs.”
Young said the Longhorns started fast against La Junta.
“Our bats came out hot,” he said after they hammered 16 hits against La Junta.
Kaity Johnson drove in four runs with two hits, including a double.
Bailey Strobel had three hits; Jordan DeCrow had two hits; Britin Strobel had three hits; and Driscoll had three hits.
Cassidy Young had two hits; Morgan Young drove in two runs.
The win sent the Longhorns into a game against No. 1-ranked and undefeated Strasburg.
“They are loaded,” Young said of the defending state champions. He said their combination of hitting and defense was the best he’d seen in Class 3A in Colorado.
Pitcher Logan Losh shut down the previously hot Basalt bats.
“We couldn’t touch her,” Young said of the Strasburg senior pitcher. The Longhorns managed only two hits in an 11-0 elimination loss last weekend in Aurora.
Johnson (double) and Bailey Strobel (single) had the Basalt hits.
“They are a solid team. We thought we could … challenge them,” Young said. “But it was not our day.”
Strasburg went on to win its second consecutive state title. The Indians beat Sterling, 3-0, in the state championship game behind 14 strikeouts by Losh.
Basalt finished the season 17-6 with another trip to the state tournament.
Strasburg, 24-0 this season, is 45-3 over two years with two state championships.
In connection with the close of the state championships, the Western Slope League all-conference teams were announced this week.
Brittany Driscoll, Jordan DeCrow, Maddie Nieslanik and Cassidy Young were named all-league first team in voting by the league’s coaches.
Bailey Strobel, of the Longhorns, was named all-league honorable mention for 2013.
Matt Hall, who led Cederedge to the state tournament for the first time, was voted the conference coach of the year.
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