Softball All-Stars go to state, learn more than fast-pitch

Colorado River Valley All-Star Kara Morgan of New Castle was catcher at this year’s fast-pitch softball Little League state tournament. The team, made up of 14-and-under players from Rangely, Meeker, Rifle and New Castle, won its first game at tate against the Westminster All-Stars, but lost the last two, including the game above, against Pueblo, which won the state title.

RANGELY I The journey to a state championship may have been cut short for the Colorado River Valley All-Stars this season, but its lessons have already carried the players beyond the scope of fast-pitch softball.

Play ball…

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The 2014 Coed Softball League, sponsored by the ERBM Recreation and Park District, started Monday with seven teams, including one from Rangely. Games will be played Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Paintbrush Park.

10U softball…

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The season has started for the Rangely under-10 fast pitch softball team and all are rookies to the game. “They are doing great,” head coach Paul Fortunato said.

Jerry LeBleu Sr. Memorial softball tourney raises scholarship funds

RANGELY I A men’s and a coed softball tournament played in memory of Jerry LeBleu Sr. at Kevin Poole Memorial Field in Rangely raised funds for a scholarship awarded annually to a Rangely High School senior.

Softball…

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Billy Estes, possibly the oldest softball player in Rio Blanco County, pitched two more winning games in Meeker against Shepherds and Pioneers Medical Center at Paintbrush Park.

Rangely True Value defends title

The Rangely True Value Hardware coed softball team had to win four games in a row Thursday last to defend its league title and they did, winning two games in the loser’s bracket, then defeating Ace Trucking twice in a row to win the title. Playing on the Rangely team were (back row) Kacey Denny, Stephan Boleng, Keenan Harvey, Brielle Harvey, Billy Estes, Jessica Fortunato, Marta Estes, Kody Denny and Kendall Cushman, (front) Kelsey Norian James and Whitney Torsell.

RBC I They did it the hard way but the Rangely True Value Hardware softball team defended their coed softball title by playing and winning four games in a row last Thursday after losing in the championship semifinals.

Softball winners

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Rangely True Value won the Coed Softball tournament last year and entered the tournament this year as the No. 5 seed but had advanced to Wednesday’s semifinal against Ace Trucking. Playing for Rangely True Value this year are in back Stephan Boleng, Kacey Denny, Brielle Harvey, Norian James, Billy Estes

Coed Softball championship scheduled for tonight

MEEKER I Rain delayed the start of the annual coed softball tournament sponsored by the ERBM Recreation and Park District by one day. Although the teams at press time had not been determined, the championship game(s) will be played tonight at Paintbrush Park starting at 8:15 p.m.

Co-ed softball

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The regular season for the co-ed softball league sponsored by the ERBM Recreation and Park District is now over and the tournament will start Aug. 13, with the championship game scheduled to be played Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Paintbrush Park.

11-12 fast-pitch team wins championship

Meeker’s 11-12 year old girls’ softball team won the Valley Youth League championship last week by coming back through the loser’s bracket and beat New Castle twice in a row to win the team title. Playing for the champions (bottom) are Kassie Luce, Michaela Jones, Jasmine Patterson, Taylor Dodds, Kristin Luce, Megan Shelton and Gracie Bradfield. (Back) Coach Janae Shelton, Kascia Cochran, Mikayla Cardile, Carissa Smith, Tori Lasker, coach Sammy Patterson, Savana May, Shelbi Blazon, Sierra Williams and coach Rick Dodds.

MEEKER I They did it the hard way but Meeker’s 11-12 girls fast pitch softball team won the Valley Youth League championship last Saturday.

Batter up…

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Marty Jensen patiently waits for a pitch during a recent softball game. Coed softball games are being played on the Paintbrush Park fields every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays and as of July 18 two of the 11 teams are undefeated.

Batter up…

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Paintbrush Park will be busy every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the month of July, as games in the annual adult recreational coed softball league, sponsored by the ERBM Recreation and Park District, began Monday on both fields.