Softball: Basalt splits with Cedaredge, AHS finally gets home game |

Softball: Basalt splits with Cedaredge, AHS finally gets home game

Last season, the Basalt High School softball team couldn’t touch Cedaredge, getting run-ruled in most cases.

On Tuesday in Basalt, the teams met for the first time this season, and it looked as if nothing had changed, Cedaredge winning the first game of the doubleheader, 12-2.

Then, Basalt coach Marianne Gardner-Smith gave the Longhorns a talk between games.

“They had so many errors. Their bats didn’t work. Our pitching didn’t work,” Gardner-Smith said of the first game. “We had a come-to-softball meeting, and they came out in the second game — we were the guests — and we jumped on them 3-0 and were able to stay with them.”

Basalt outhit Cedaredge 10-5 in the second game and, despite seven errors, found a way to eek out an 8-7 win, the first loss of the young season for the Bruins.

“I told my husband, who is back in Utah, that if they didn’t run-rule us, I would be OK; if we split, I would be happy; and if we won both, I would be ecstatic,” Gardner-Smith said. “To split with them is huge for us.”

Basalt, 4-1, next plays at the Thomas Jefferson Tournament in Denver on Friday and Saturday.

Aspen softball ready for home opener

The Aspen High School softball team is hoping a little home-field advantage does it some good. The Skiers (0-5) host Cedaredge (3-1) at 4 p.m. today in their home opener at Upper Moore Field in Aspen, where they are looking to shake off a slow start to the season.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how we look on our familiar field,” Aspen coach Dave Fuentes said. “We are working on being more competitive.”

Aspen has 12 sophomores and four freshmen playing varsity this season, this youth part of the reason for the 0-5 start. Most recently, the Skiers lost, 15-5, at Meeker on Tuesday.

“After a three-hour bus ride, it’s always tough to be ready to go. But our ladies did a good job of coming out ready and put the ball in play,” Fuentes said of the Meeker game. “Pitching is an area where we can improve the most, and it’s kind of hard to develop a pitcher in a really short time frame.”

Today’s game is a rematch of the season opener, in which Aspen lost, 19-0, at Cedaredge. The Skiers don’t play again after today until hosting Gunnison on Sept. 22.

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