It was a long weekend for the Lamar Savages softball team as they traveled to the particularly tough Don McCall Tournament, where they saw 4A and 5A teams that are at the top of the state rankings. They would come away with a difficult 1-4 record in the tournament, finally getting the win over Vista Ridge on Saturday, 18-1. Eads’ Miranda Mitchek and Kaylee Wilson traveled with the team and saw a lot of vital varsity time on the field.
Mitchek stated, “The pitching was really tough, but the tournament overall is going to help us in our rankings and in our ability to deal with these types of pitchers later on down the road.”
In the first game on Friday, Lamar lost an 8-3 contest to Grand Junction Central, a 5A powerhouse. They saw a tough pitcher in senior Hailey Belcastro who sat down 9 Savage hitters and gave up 4 hits in the game. Laci Coen would be on the mound for Lamar.
In the second game of the tournament on Friday, the Savages took on Castle View and their phenom thrower, Haley Hoy, who struck out 8 and allowed no hits in the game from Lamar. Mitchek would be one of a couple of baserunners for Lamar as she would draw a walk. Lamar dropped the contest, 16-0, with Hailey Prosser and Mitchek working from the mound.
On Saturday, the Savages played three more games in the hotly contested tournament. It would take them until their last game in the afternoon to finally get the win, and it was a beaut! They would defeat Vista Ridge, 18-1, with Prosser putting in some excellent work for Lamar. In that contest, the Savages put together 18 hits and their base running would be key to their win.
Earlier in the day, Lamar would lose to both Northglenn, 10-2, and Douglas County 9-1. The sophomore, Coen, would throw the Northglenn game that saw Lamar slowly slip behind and struggle again offensively with only two hits. Coen would have 4 strike outs to her credit.
Wilson would give a little spark to Lamar in the Douglas County game as the sophomore from Eads hit a solid double, catching the attention of the competition. Wilson’s bat has been fairly solid for the Savages thus far; so much so that she has moved up to the varsity level and is seeing some time on the field. During this game, Sheridan Choat would take the mound for the Lady Savages.
Things don’t slow down much this week for the softball girls as they will host La Junta on Thursday, September 8th at 4:30 pm. They will then be on the road traveling to James Irwin on September 10th for a league contest. Finally, they’ll be back at home when they welcome Burlington on September 13 at 4:00 pm.
This Lamar team is starting to click together, and if they can continue to improve their game they will be a team to contend with in October.
Photo Credit Holly Mitchek