Girls softball: Basalt slugs way past Aspen
The Aspen Times
The Longhorns started hitting.
And they never stopped.
The Basalt High School girls softball team pounded out 27 hits on Wednesday afternoon as the Longhorns won their first game of the season.
The Longhorns, who batted around in the first, second and third innings, went on to beat the winless Aspen Skiers 26-0 in a softball matchup at the Upper Moore Playing Field adjacent to Aspen High School.
Basalt started the game with a ringing double by Kate Schrock, setting the tone for the first inning and the game.
Sedona Kellogg followed with an RBI-single to give the Longhorns a lead they would not relinquish.
Kaity Johnson blasted a triple, Megan Nieslanik followed with a single, as did Carly Shimp and Stephanie Nevarez — all in the first inning.
But they weren’t done.
Schrock tripled in her second at-bat of the inning. Sedona Kellogg added another single while Afton Larsen got into the mix with a single.
After the top of the first, Basalt led 11-0.
The Longhorns added 10 more runs on 10 hits in the second inning. They added five more in the third, winning 26-0 in a three-inning, time-limit game.
The Skiers, still looking for their first win of the season, threatened in the bottom of the first when Olivia Carr singled. But the rally was cut short when an Aspen runner was cut down attempting to score.
Aspen’s Kaelin Harris added a single for the Skiers in the third inning — the second of Aspen’s two hits against the pitching of Basalt’s Sedona Kellogg and Megan Nieslanik.
Lexi Ferlisi also hit a towering fly ball to left field for the Skiers. But Basalt hauled it in.
Other starters for Aspen on Tuesday included Emma Ernst, Clare Mitchell, Sabrina Zanier, Ashlyn Dunn and Julia Burwell.
Mae Sharaff pitched for the Skiers, who moved to 0-3 with Wednesday’s loss. The Skiers opened the season with 12-1 and 13-2 losses to the Grand Junction JV team.
Basalt improved to 1-4 with the win in Aspen. The Longhorns had opened the season with losses to Rifle, Green Mountain (twice) and Meeker. Basalt lost 21-13 to the Cowboys last weekend.
The Longhorns will play at Faith Christian next on Sept. 19.
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