Skiers softball snowed in; Basalt girls CC second
Aspen’s girls softball team hasn’t played a game in nearly two weeks. Head coach Ed Zane isn’t too excited about it.”Practice starts to get monotonous and you don’t get to work on things that maybe you should be working on,” said Zane Thursday after he canceled practice because of the weather. “You kind of get a false sense of security when you don’t play games for a long time. When you’re playing, you can see where you need to improve, then you can work on that stuff the next day.”Aspen (4-4 overall, 0-2 3A Western Slope) is slated to travel to Coal Ridge for a doubleheader Saturday, but that trip again hinges on the weather. The Skiers’ doubleheader at Gunnison last Saturday was canceled because of rain.The last time Aspen took the field against another team was on Saturday, Sept. 9, when it took down Eagle Valley’s JV team and Steamboat Springs at a tournament in Eagle. The day before, the Skiers lost to Dolores Prep, 12-0.Against Eagle Valley’s JV, senior Taylor Schlepp struck out nine batters and didn’t allow a single hit in the four-inning mercy-rule win. Junior Sara Nininger and senior Reghan Mahaffey led the Skiers with two hits apiece, while Schlepp helped her own cause with a single. Junior Grace Seigle also had three stolen bases.Against the Sailors in the afternoon, Schlepp struck out three batters in a 6-3 win – her fourth victory of the season. Seigle was 3-for-3 with two doubles and Schlepp also went 3-for-3 at the plate. Basalt cross-country updateFour days after edging Platte Canyon at the Liberty Bell Invitational in Littleton, Basalt’s girls cross-country team found itself behind the same squad in Buena Vista.Kristen McGlynn, the defending 3A state champion, led Platte Canyon to a 1-5-12-19 finish at the nine-team meet, good for second place. Woodland Park, the only 4A team at the meet, was first with 37 points, followed by Platte Canyon (41), then Basalt (57).Longhorns coach Ron Lund was hoping for a rematch against Platte Canyon at the Holy Family Invitational in Denver Friday, but it will have to wait until possibly the 3A state.Platte Canyon plans to run at the Dave Sanders Invitational next Friday, so that McGlynn can face defending 4A champion Kaitie Vanatta of Ralston Valley – a sophomore who has yet to lose in high school.As usual, Lund’s senior daughter, Amy, was Basalt’s top finisher Tuesday in second place behind McGlynn with a time of 20:49.Junior Annie Tempest was eighth (22:07), junior Nuala Del Piccolo was 24th (23:51) and freshman Chiara Del Piccolo was the final Basalt runner to score, in 25th (23:52).With more than a full week to prepare for Holy Family, Lund plans to push his team in practice early next week. “We’re going to run really hard,” he said “We’re in the middle of the season, and especially now that the younger kids have some base in, everyone should be able to handle some harder training. We’re going to gear it up a notch for the second half.”Basalt didn’t score as a boys team at Buena Vista because of the lack of a fourth runner. Sophomore Tyler Wilson was the top finisher for the second week in a row (23rd, 19:45), followed by sophomores Andy Delaney (62nd, 27:23) and Preston McKelvey (68th, 30:41).Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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