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Lamar Thunder Softball

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August 10, 2022

The Lamar High School softball team heads into the 2022 season with high expectations.

Austin Adamson heads into his fourth season at the helm as the team will be under a new mascot Lamar Thunder instead of the Lamar Savages.

Adamson lost six seniors from the varsity team last year that complied a 6-1 record in the 3A Tri-Peaks League and capped the season with a 19-8 record.

Lamar advanced to the 3A state tournament where the No. 6 seed Lady Savages defeated the No. 11 seed The Academy, 11-6, in the first round.

In the state quarterfinals, Lamar lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 seed University, 6-3.

University went on to play for the state championship before falling to the No. 1 seed Lutheran Lions, 13-2.

Despite the loss of some outstanding players, Adamson will rest his hopes on a nucleus of players who return with great deal of experience.

“We know it will be hard to replace some very talented seniors from last year, but we feel as though we have all of the pieces to put a great stamp on our first season as the Lamar Thunder!” said Adamson. “We are excited for this year and believe we have all that it takes to make a deep run into the playoff again. If we get and stay healthy, we will have a great chance to compete with anyone in 3A.”

Key players to watch this season will feature the following:

Jaidyn Branom, senior, centerfield/pitcher, returns as the Tri-Peaks League Player of the year. She batted .522 last season with 48 hits including a team-high 12 double along with six triples, and one home run. She collected 31 RBIs and scored a team-high41 runs.

Naudia Morales, senior, first baseman, carried a .594 batting average. She pounded out 41 hits including 10 doubles, two triples, and a team-high four home runs. She drove in 39 runs and scored 24 runs.

Maggie Cook-Wilson, senior, catcher, batted .296 with 16 hits and six RBIs.

Delorin Bellomy, junior, pitcher/infield/outfield, sported a .432 batting average. She had 38 hits with five double, three triples, and on3 hom run. She had 24 RBIs and scored 34 runs.

Mariah Sigala, junior, pitcher/infield/outfield, batted.254 with 15 hits including four doubles.

Annabelle Morales, sophomore, shortstop, boasted a .440 batting average with 33 hits including four doubles, one triple, and two home runs. She batted in 20 RBIs and scored 37 runs which was second overall on the team.

On the base paths, Morales had 14 stolen bases, Bellomy 13, Sigala 9, and Branom 7.

In the pitching circle, Bellomy carried the load last season. She compiled a sterling 13-2 record with a 3.08 ERA. She worked 97.2 innings and allowed 87 hits and 74 runs (43 earned runs). She registered 92 strike outs and 52 walks.

M. Sigala posted a 6-4 record with a 3.83 ERA. In 42 innings pitching, she gave up 39 hits and 27 runs (23 earned). She recorded 43 strikes and issued 33 walks.

Looking ahead to the season, Adamson said, “We will also have to focus on finishing games and innings as that seemed to be our toughest challenge last year.”

The Thunder faces a busy week to start their 2022 season with five games on the docket.

Lamar travels to Wray on Tuesday, Aug. 16 for a game staring at 3:30 p.m.

The Thunder will then compete in the two-day Eaton Tournament. The schedule will be as follows:

Lamar vs. Strasburg at 1:30 p.m. and Eaton at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, The Thunder takes on Ft. Lupton at 9 a.m. and plays University at 2 p.m.

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