No. 1 Strasburg stops Basalt softball at state
The Basalt High School softball team powered through the first round of the Class 3A State Softball Championships on Saturday showcasing its powerful offense — a trademark of the team all season.
The Longhorns, a blend of players from Basalt, Roaring Fork and Glenwood Springs, overpowered No. 8 seed La Junta, 15-1, in the opening game of the 3A state championships at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora.
That victory sent the No. 9-seed Longhorns, champions of the Western Slope League, into the second round and a matchup against the state’s No. 1-ranked Class 3A girls softball team — Strasburg.
The Indians, from the Patriot League, had a bye in Saturday’s first round at state.
In the second round, undefeated Strasburg turned the tables on the Longhorns with an 11-0 shutout win to end Basalt’s season one game short of the final four in Class 3A.
Basalt, with a return trip to the state championships this season, finished the season 17-6.
Strasburg (22-0) will take on No. 4 seed Valley (15-7) in the Class 3A state semifinals today at 10 a.m. at Aurora Sports Park.
Valley, a comeback winner over the Longhorns at the regionals in Basalt last weekend, defeated league-rival Eaton, 1-0, on Saturday in Aurora.
In the other Class 3A bracket, No. 2 seed Sterling (18-4) advanced to the final four with a 5-0 win over Lamar.
No. 7 Lamar had ousted No. 10 Florence earlier Saturday, 4-3.
And No. 3 seed Holy Family (19-2) advanced with a 3-0 victory over No. 11-seed Dolores Huerta Prep, of Pueblo.
Dolores Huerta had upset No. 6 Burlington, 11-7, in the first round earlier Saturday.
The 3A state semifinals today will match Valley and Strasburg in one game and Holy Family against Sterling in the other.
All four of the teams in the final four moved up with shutouts Saturday.
The Class 3A state championship is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Aurora Sports Park.
The state prep softball tournament was moved back one day because of snow in the greater Denver area on Friday.
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