|Lady Dragons first in softball pool with 4-1 weekend|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
Showing huge improvements offensively, the Lady Dragon softball team went 4-1, finishing first in its pool at the Burlington tournament Sept. 10-11.
Kicking off the tourney with a 10-0 shutout over Faith Christian, the Dragons went on to take two more huge wins: 18-3 over Machebeuf and 31-1 over St. Mary’s on Friday.
In Saturday action, the local girls shut out Weld Central 15-0 before falling to Lyons 1-13.
In addition to the offensive effort, coach Ashley Clayton noted there were several strong outings on the mound by Jordan Zeiler and Alyssa Killin.
Upcoming action for the Dragons includes a varsity doubleheader at Akron Saturday, Sept. 18, starting at 10 a.m. A JV doubleheader with Wray and Yuma will be played in Wray Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Holyoke 10, Faith Christian 0
Coach Clayton was pleased the girls were able to play a strong game against Faith Christian out of Arvada to start the tournament off with a 10-0 win.
Zeiler did a fantastic job on the mound, commended Clayton. She faced 20 batters, had one strike-out and four walks.
The Dragons managed two runs in the first inning and eight in the second and ended the game after four innings due to the 10-run rule.
Makenzie Ault was one for two on offense with a triple; Zeiler, one for two with a double and three RBIs; Karci Lockwood, one for three with two RBIs and a stolen base; Macey Pierce, two for three with an RBI; and Marci Vasa, one for one with an RBI.
Holyoke 18, Machebeuf 3
Killin pitched a strong game in Holyoke’s 18-3 win over Bishop Machebeuf, a Denver school. She faced 22 batters, striking out three and walking five.
“Holyoke showed once again that they are strong throughout the entire line-up and have the ability to put up 18 runs,” said coach Clayton.
Both teams scored two in the first inning, with Holyoke adding five in the second, six in the third and five in the fourth. Machebeuf’s final run came in the third.
Ault was two for two in hitting for the Dragons, with a home run and a triple, was walked once, had three RBIs and two stolen bases.
Pierce was two for two with a triple and two stolen bases; Vasa, one for one, one RBI and two stolen bases; Lockwood, one for two and an RBI; and Chandler Gerk, one for two and an RBI.
Holyoke 31, St. Mary’s 1
Holyoke’s 31-1 win over St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood provided the opportunity for the entire team to get an at-bat or play in the field, said coach Clayton.
She commended the girls for continuing to play at their own level of play rather than dropping down to the level of their opponent.
Zeiler again took the win on the mound, facing 20 batters in four innings. She struck out eight batters and walked four.
Zeiler, Laura Gerk, Pierce, Ault and Lockwood all had three hits in the ball game. Ault hit a triple and a double, while Gerk, Pierce and Lockwood each had a double.
Vasa had two hits including a triple and a double and Chandler Gerk had two singles for the Dragons. Also earning singles for HHS were Catrina Krueger, Brooke Parker and Marlee Boehm.
Zeiler led in RBIs with six; Lockwood four; Vasa and Laura Gerk, three each; Pierce and Chandler Gerk, two each; and Ault and Boehm, one apiece.
Laura Gerk, Ault, Lockwood and Boehm each had a stolen base.
Holyoke 15, Weld Central 0
Zeiler pitched her third full game in the tourney with a 15-0 shut-out win over the Weld Central team. She had three strike-outs in the game and walked one batter.
Coach Clayton said it was nice to see the girls play tough against Weld Central, a team who almost snuck up and beat them in league play last year.
“This game provided another opportunity for more than just the starters to play, which is key to building our softball program,” added Clayton.
Holyoke managed 12 runs in the first inning against Weld Central, and the Rebels were never able to recover. Adding two more second-inning runs and one in the third, the Dragons claimed the 15-0 victory.
Pierce and Parker each had a triple in the Weld Central game, while Vasa hit a double and singles were recorded by Krueger, Ault and Killin.
Vasa had three RBIs, while Parker had two and Killin, Chandler Gerk and Boehm each had one. Pierce, Ault, Lockwood, Zeiler, Chandler Gerk and Boehm each stole one base.
Holyoke 1, Lyons 13
After playing four games, the Dragons seemed to have run out of gas, said coach Clayton.
HHS jumped out to score the first run, but the Dragon defense allowed 10 Lyons runs in the bottom of the first. The Lions added three more in the fourth inning to take the 13-1 win.
Zeiler took the loss on the mound, with one strike-out and 12 walks.
Vasa hit a double in the game, while Ault had two singles and Lockwood and Boehm each had a single. Ault had one stolen base, as well.