Cowboys net back-to-back wins
By Brandon Warr
GHS Softball — It may have taken the Gunnison High School (GHS) softball team 12 games, but the squad finally notched their first win of the season last week — followed immediately by their second.
As balls flew all around Jorgensen Park this past Thursday, fans cheered and hollered as the Cowboys (2-12) won both games of the double header against the Aspen Skiers (0-6), 25-6 and 29-6.
“It was nice to play two full games and get wins out of them,” said head coach Leslie Di Lorenzo.
However, GHS wasn’t alone in seeking its first victory. Aspen too was hoping for its first win of the season.
GHS’ stellar defense limited the Skiers to just two runs in the first inning. And the Cowboys must have eaten their Wheaties before the game, because bats erupted in the bottom of the first inning for GHS, resulting in 12 runs scored among 15 batters. The highlight of the inning was Anika Anderson who blasted a home run over the left field wall.
“It was awesome,” said Anderson. “I really didn’t expect it to go that far but when I saw the outfielder raise her hand I was super pumped.”
Aspen would try and make a comeback, but GHS limited the Skiers to another two-run inning in the second. The Cowboys would carry their momentum into the bottom of the second as they scored eight more runs, increasing their lead to 20-4.
In the third, GHS held Aspen scoreless and tallied five runs of their own, resulting in the umpires calling the game due to the high school mercy rule.
Things wouldn’t get any better for Aspen in the next game, as GHS raced out to an early 11-0 lead before Aspen could even blink. The Skiers would try to respond as they trimmed the Cowboys lead slightly to 11-2.
Things started to look slightly better for Aspen in the second inning, as they found a way to shut down GHS’ explosive offense. Aspen would use that momentum and score four runs in the bottom of the second inning, cutting the lead to 11-6.
However, the Cowboys got back on track in the third, scoring six runs in the inning and another 12 runs in the top of the fourth, sealing their second victory of the day.
On Tuesday, the Cowboys took on Delta (7-6) at Jorgensen Park. GHS tried their best but couldn’t seem to get anything going, losing to the Panthers 18-5.
GHS will play their final home game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 30 against Meeker in a double header at Jorgensen Park at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
(Brandon Warr can be reached at 970.641.1414 or email@example.com.)