MEEKER | The Lady Cowboys softball team opened their season Saturday, Aug. 11 with a JV doubleheader against Fruita High School. Both games ended tied 10-10.
“A strong showing from returning players and new athletes alike,” said head coach Brianna Williams. Freshman Hailey Knowles pitched in her first high school game and it was “a solid pitching performance by junior Brynlee Williams and Knowles,” said Williams.
Leading hitting on the night was juniors Sarina Goedert and Madison Kindler. The JV gets another shot against Fruita Friday, Aug. 17 with a double header at home, opening pitches at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The varsity hosted the Rifle Bears, Tuesday, Aug. 14 for a preseason scrimmage, no score was kept.
“The Meeker Cowboys had a solid start to the season in a scrimmage against 4A Rifle High School,” commented Williams, adding, “There were strong performances from our senior leadership. The team battled well against one of the Western Slope’s best pitchers, who is already committed to play for Adam’s State next year.”
Notable newcomer performances from scrimmage were Jaydnn Archuleta and Mackenna Burke, both who came through with clutch at bats and solid infield play, and Knowles, “who pitched wonderfully in a relief effort against a solid playoff experienced team,” according to Williams.
The Meeker softball competes in class 3A and begins the season ranked eighth in the state. Varsity opens its season with a double header Saturday, Aug. 18 at home against Cortez. Game times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Paintbrush Park.
By TIFFANY JEHOREK | Special to the Herald Times