Softball: ‘Horns take two against Bruins
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT – The Longhorns won a back-and-forth slugfest in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against Cedaredge.
In Game 2, Basalt seized control and left no doubt. Keelie Roberts hit two-run doubles in the third and sixth innings, and the Longhorns rolled to a 12-3 win, clinching a sweep over the visiting Bruins.
Basalt, now 8-4, pulled out an 11-7 win in Game 1.
“In that first game, Cedaredge played really well. We didn’t know what to expect because we hadn’t seen them,” Longhorns head coach Bruce Matherly said. “The second was different altogether. … The pitching velocity was good for us. For a lot of people, the really slow stuff is a challenge – as is the fast stuff, obviously. It took a while for us to get on top of it, but once we did, we had production up and down the lineup. We don’t want to have a hole anywhere. We want to form a wall up and down.”
The Longhorns succeeded on that front in Game 2, when seven of nine players recorded at least one hit and eight scored runs.
In addition to Roberts’ blast, Morgan Young laced a RBI triple to the gap in right-center field, and Jordan DeCrow knocked in one with a ringing single in the third, stretching the Basalt advantage to 6-0. Carina Capobianco added a RBI fielder’s choice for the Longhorns, who sent nine to the plate in the frame.
DeCrow, who was 4-for-4 and scored four times in Game 2, crossed the plate after an error in the fourth. Capobianco followed with a RBI double to the wall in left.
That was more than enough insurance for Young, whose mix of well-placed fastballs and off-speed pitches flustered the Cedaredge batters.
“Morgan had them off balance because she throws more breaking pitches. (Game 1 starter) Brittany (Driscoll) is more of a power pitcher, and eventually they timed her and hit the ball hard,” Matherly said. “When Morgan ran out of gas, we went back to Brittany, and the change of velocity made a big difference.”
Young wiggled out of a jam in the first, retiring three in a row following a hit batsman and an infield error. She allowed consecutive two-out singles in the second, but center fielder Shelley Briscoe came up firing and threw a runner out by a few steps at third base to quell the threat.
“We played great defense overall, especially in the outfield,” Matherly said. “That’s something we’ve really struggled to get tuned up in the past, but I think we’re there this year.”
Cedaredge broke through with a two-run single in the fourth and a RBI single in the sixth against a visibly fatigued Young. Driscoll took the ball in the seventh, inducing a weak pop-out and striking out two to seal the win.
The Longhorns will play two again Monday when they visit 4A Green Mountain in Lakewood.
“I’m sure they’re going to be really tough,” Matherly said. “We’re just trying to get ready for that next league game. Gunnison is here next Saturday, and that’s always a slugfest.
“We want to keep playing at a high level – that’s hard to do. It’s easy to lose that edge that you worked so hard to gain.”
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