No. 7 Basalt softball picks up momentum
The Aspen Times
The Basalt High School softball team picked up momentum this week with three more victories.
The Longhorns, consisting of players from Basalt, Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork, swept a conference doubleheader at Gunnison and then powered past Palisade, improving to 11-4 overall. They are ranked No. 7 this week in the Class 3A state softball poll from CHSAA.now.
“They are playing well right now,” Basalt head coach Colin Young said after the Longhorns blitzed Palisade 11-2 on Tuesday night. “Before the game, we said we need to pick up the intensity from the start.”
The Basalt girls softball team responded with three runs in the top of the first inning, including Keelie Roberts home run.
Cassidy Young did the rest for the Longhorns, pitching a complete-game one-hitter, striking out 10 Palisade hitters.
“Cassidy pitched her best game,” the coach said, adding that she had a strong weekend pitching at Gunnison. She struck out seven Gunnison batters in Basalt’s 16-1 opening game win last weekend.
Against Palisade, only one ball was hit out of the infield in Basalt’s win.
The Basalt offense, with five doubles in the game, pushed the lead to 9-0. Kaity Johnson had two doubles in the win.
“We played spotless defense, we got our hitting, and we had great pitching,” Young said. “I told the girls when we have all three phases of the game, this can be a special team.”
The Longhorns started the run this week with the doubleheader at Gunnison.
After the big 16-1 win in the opener, the teams played a close second game.
Basalt led only 8-6 after six innings.
But the Longhorns scored five times in the top of the seventh inning in the eventual 13-7 win.
The Basalt composite softball team includes Keelie Roberts, Bree Kaler, Bailey Strobel, Jordan Banc, Britin Strobel, Kaity Johnson, Kate Schrock, Jamie Briscoe and Morgan Ash from Basalt.
Roaring Fork’s Megan Nieslanik also plays on the team along with three players from Glenwood Springs High School — Cassidy Young, Jordan DeCrow and Carly Schimp.
In the Class 3A statewide poll, unbeaten and defending state champion Strasburg is No. 1 at 14-0.
Valley is No. 2 at 11-3. Valley played at Basalt last year in the regionals.
No. 3 Sterling is 10-4. Eaton (10-2) is No. 4.
La Junta is No. 5 at 14-1 with Lamar No. 6 at 10-5.
Basalt (11-4) is No. 7 with Brush No. 8, Rocky Ford No. 9 and Cedaredge No. 10.
The 8-4 Cedaredge Bruins will play a doubleheader in Basalt starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Basalt girls softball team will play at Aspen on Sept. 29 with the traditional season-ender at Rifle on Oct. 2.
Basalt likely will host a Class 3A Regional on Oct. 11.
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