Cowboys pitch and hit their way to wins

MEEKER I Meeker Cowboy softball hit the road for a four game series, double headers in Delta on Friday and Aspen Saturday. The Cowboys began the weekend 0-6 and finished it 4-6. In game one in Delta Ryann Mergelman had a 2-run homerun to start off the game, Brea Garcia pitched the game with limited walks and fielded many balls that culminated in outs, MyKayla Wille and Macy Ridgeway teamed up for the first Cowboy double play of the season, and Kastyn Dembowski showed off her speed once again for a catch in the right center gap. 

The Cowboys came out on top 12-10. 

“Brea pitched her heart out and did an amazing job,” commented head coach Kendal Bergman,

“Everyone in the hitting lineup did amazing and put up a ton of runs. The standout hitters for the first game were Hailey Knowles, Ryann Mergelman, Dylan Herndon, and MyKayla Wille.”

In game two the Cowboys beat Delta again, 9-6. 

“Hailey pitched another great game and struck out a bunch of batters with a stellar rise ball,” said Bergman. 

Defensively Knowles had numerous strike outs and one inning with three strikeouts. The Cowboys played clean defense throughout the game which included a catch in left field by Wagner Brown and a game ending double play when Dembowski threw to third base to MyKayla Wille who then threw it back to second for the out number two when the runner didn’t tag. 

On offense Mergelman got a hold of the ball again hitting a double that was very close to making it over the fence for a homerun. 

“Once again, the entire lineup did their job at the plate and pushed a ton of runs across the plate with aggressive base running and great at bats with confidence,” commented Bergman. 

In Aspen the Cowboys picked up another two Ws. 

“We got the job done in less innings which is good,” said Bergman 

In game one against Aspen, Reagan Hafey pitched the first game with only two walks and seven strikeouts.

At bat, “the whole lineup was patient with aggressive swings at strikes with only one Cowboy struck the entire game,” said Bergman. Top hitter was Dembowski who had an in the park grand slam! 

“The defense was clean with good three up and three down innings and included MyKayla making a great catch in foul territory,” commented Bergman. 

The Cowboys won game one 22-2 and game two 17-1. 

Knowles was on the mound for the second Apsen game, and only allowed one hit in the game with five strikeouts and at bat she hit an in the park homerun. Dembowski hit a triple to score two runs and Wille had some finesse running the bases and stole home on a delayed steal. “Everyone again did their job up to bat and put the ball in play with confidence and patient at bats,” wrapped up Bergman about Aspen, “Vivian Brown was a wall behind the plate in the first game to help secure the win and Dembowski caught a great second game and bounced up quick for every play.”

This week coming up the team will travel to Basalt varsity playing at 4:30 on Tuesday and Rifle on Thursday at 6 p.m.

“I’m hoping we keep our win streak going against Basalt and Rifle this week and work hard like we did this past weekend,” said Bergman, “Basalt is always great competition and if we have our bats going and solid defense then we’ll have a good shot. As long as we work hard and play clean like we can we’ll have some more success this week.”


By TIFFANY JEHOREK – Special to The Herald Times

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