Meeker softball team wins league championship, host regional tourney

Meeker senior Taylor Dodds, gives junior Kenzie Turner a high-five after she hit a three run home run against the Cedardege Bruins, in front of her hometown crowd. The Meeker High School girls’ softball team defeated the Gunnison Cowboys in Gunnison last Saturday and clinched the 3A District 5 league championship by winning both games. The Cowboys, currently ranked No. 4 in 3A, by Maxpreps.com, with a 10-1 league record and 15-3 overall, will host a regional tournament next Friday and Saturday at Paintbrush Park. Bobby Gutierrez photo

MEEKER | With a win at home against Cedaredge and two wins on the road in Gunnison, the Meeker High School girls’ softball team clinched the 3A District 5 championship and will host two other teams for a regional tournament Oct. 13. The Meeker girls, who are currently 15-3 and 10-1 in league play, jumped up in the rankings from No. 6 to No. 2 (according to Maxpreps.com) with one game left to play in the regular season, this Saturday against the Aspen Skiers on their home field in Paintbrush Park.
Meeker defeated the Cedaredge Bruins 10-0, on their home field, then they traveled to Gunnison for a doubleheader, which the lady Cowboys won 18-0 and 15-0.
“Kenzie Turner had a huge, three-run home run to break the game open,” Meeker head coach Briana Williams said of Turner, who finished with one hit, one run and four runs batted in.
Senior Sierra Williams and sophomore Matilida Brown each had two hits against the Bruins and junior Mackenzie Marshall was the winning pitcher.
Marshall was also the winning pitcher in the first game of the doubleheader in Gunnison, which Meeker won 18-0.
“Macko Marshall pitched a four-inning, no-hitter and shutout, then hit a two-run homer at the plate,” coach Williams said. “Megan Shelton was outstanding behind the plate and hit two of three, with a walk, a homerun and four RBIs.”
Junior Tori Lasker was the winning pitcher in the second game and led the team on offense too.
“Tori threw a three-hit shutout and went two-for-two at the plate, with a grand slam home run, a sacrifice fly and a single, five big RBIs to lead the cause.”
Sierra Williams went three-for-three at the plate and scored three times and Turner had two hits.
Because of weather, the home game against Aspen in Paintbrush Park, was postponed until Saturday and will start at 10:30 a.m..