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Lamar Dominates Rocky 21-7; Controls Burlington 19-3

By John Contreras and Betsy Barnett

September 1, 2023

The Lamar softball team played the first of three games on the schedule for this week.

The Thunder traveled to Rocky Ford for a Tri-Peak League non-league game on Tuesday.

The game was close through four innings when Lamar took command. The score was tied at 5-5 after four innings when Lamar blew the game wide open to explode for a 21-7 victory.

Rocky Ford took a 2-0 lead with one run in the first inning and one run in the second.

Lamar scored one run in the third to trail by 2-1.

The Thunder struck for four runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 5-2 lead.

The Meloneers countered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to deadlock the game at 5-5.

Lamar regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth inning for a 7-5 lead.

Finally, the Thunder erupted for eight more runs in the top of the sixth to build a 15-5 advantage.

Rocky tallied two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 15-7.

Lamar added six more runs in the top of the seventh to finish the contest.

“It was a big win on a day that very little seemed to go our way,” said Lamar head coach Austin Adamson. “We weren’t at our best, but the girls battled and came away with a win against a very good opponent.”

The Thunder scattered 25 hits over the course of a hot afternoon. Several players turned in a big day at the plate.

Delorin Bellomy went 4-for-6 with a double and two home runs. She drove in 5 runs. Bellomy had a solo home run in the fifth inning and belted a three-run homer in the sixth.

Annabelle Morales also had 4 hits with 2 RBIs.

Taya Schmidt contributed 3 hits and 4 RBIs. She went yard with a three-run home run in the sixth.

Payton Adamson had 3 hits with 4 RBIs.

With 3 hits each were Jaydyn Wilson and Chloe Weber.

In the pitching circle, Bellomy picked up the win. She faced 23 batters in four innings and allowed 4 hits, 5 runs (4 earned) with 5 strike outs and 3 walks.

Sigala pitched 3 innings in relief for the save. She faced 13 batters and allowed no hits and 2 runs. Sigala had 6 strike outs and 2 walks.

Rocky Ford dropped to 3-6 in the season.

The Thunder returned to Citizen’s Field on Thursday, Aug. 31 when they hosted Burlington and came away with a 19-3 victory.

Khloe Fernandez collected three hits in three at bats, as Lamar defeated the Cougars handily. Fernandez doubled in the second inning, singled in the first inning, and singled in the second inning.

Also, in the first inning Bellomy doubled, scoring one run, Melanie Salcedo doubled, scoring one run, and Schmidt singled, scoring two runs.

Lamar scored nine runs on eight hits in the bottom of the second inning. Weber singled, scoring a run, Sigala singled, scoring a run, Adamson singled, scoring a run, Schmidt singled, scoring two runs, Annabelle Morales singled, scoring one run, Fernandez doubled, scoring one run, and Weber came back and singled, scoring another run.

Weber earned the win for Lamar in the circle giving up two hits and three runs (two earned) over three innings., striking out six and walking four.

Lamar will wrap up the week hosting a non-league game with the La Junta Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 11 o’clock at Citizen’s Field.

In other games involving Tri-Peaks League teams:

Alamosa split a road doubleheader with Montezuma-Cortez.

The Mean Moose were shutout in the first game, 11-0, but bounced back for a 15-13 win in the second game.

Alamosa is now 5-2 on the season.

La Junta lost 8-4 at Pueblo South yesterday. The Tigers fell to 4-3 overall.

James Irwin (0-4) played at Sierra (2-2) but no score has been reported.

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