MHS softball hosts Basalt Longhorns for Homecoming Friday at Paintbrush Park

Meeker High School sophomore Matilida Brown stretches to make an out at first base last weekend in a doubleheader against the Eagle Valley Devils. Meeker won the first game 12-0 but needed to come from behind to win the second 20-15. Meeker, currently 9-3, will host Delta for a Homecoming doubleheader Friday at Paintbrush Park, with the first game starting at 3 p.m. Bobby Gutierrez photo

MEEKER | Few schools on the western slope of Colorado have high school girls’ softball teams, so many miles are traveled to play league games. The lady Cowboys recently improved their record to 9-3 after doubleheader wins against Eagle Valley and Montezuma-Cortez. Meeker will host the Basalt Longhorns in a league game for Homecoming 2017, at Paintbrush Park, Friday, starting at 4 p.m.
Meeker hosted the Eagle Valley Devils and easily won the first game 12-0 after five innings of play but needed to come from behind to win the second game 20-15.
Junior Mackenzie Marshall got the win for Meeker in the first game, pitching five innings, with nine strike outs and only allowing one hit. Seniors Jasmine Patterson and Sierra Williams both had two hits, while juniors Victoria Lasker and Gracie Bradfield, as well as sophomore Matilida Brown each got a hit in the first game.
Meeker trailed the Devils 8-3 after the first inning in the second game, then scored four more in the second but allowed one in the second. Both teams score two runs in the third inning and Eagle Valley scored four runs in the fourth to lead 15-10 after four innings of play. Meeker continued to battle, shutting out the Devils in the fifth inning, while scoring nine runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 19-15 lead into the sixth inning, where they added one more.
Lasker, pitched four innings and was the winning pitcher, with help from Marshall and Patterson. Bradfield led the team at the plate with five hits, while Patterson had four and junior catcher Megan Shelton had three. Kenzie Turner had two hits, as did Brown, while Lasker, Marshall and Williams all had a hit.
Meeker was supposed to host Montezuma-Cortez, who made the long trip from the southern end of the state but rain in Meeker postponed the game to Saturday and moved it to a neutral field in Rifle.
Meeker beat the Tigers 10-1 and 21-7 in the league doubleheader.