|Softball team sweeps Wray to open Homecoming Week|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
HHS softball kicked off Homecoming Week in grand style last Saturday, Sept. 25, with a sweep of the Wray Eagles. The Lady Dragons dominated 17-1 and 15-5 in the varsity doubleheader.
Saturday was a very emotional day for the softball team, as Coach Steven Ortner was leaving for the Air Force the following day.
Despite these difficult emotions, the girls were able to rise to the occasion, play the game the way they know how and send coach Ortner off with a bang, said coach Ashley Clayton.
Holyoke will have had five days of practice to work on a few miscues before traveling to Limon to face their toughest league opponent Saturday, Oct. 2. Action will begin at 10 a.m.
Alyssa Killin slides into third base during the second game of Holyoke’s
Holyoke 17, Wray 1
Holyoke got off to a strong start, scoring 13 runs in the first inning Saturday morning. The Dragons were also able to play great defense with just one error.
Another four runs crossed the plate in the second inning for a 17-0 HHS lead. Wray managed to put one on the board in the bottom of the second, and 17-1 ended up being the final in the three-inning ball game.
“This game was a great example of what this year’s Dragon softball team is capable of doing,” said coach Clayton.
Ashley Campbell took the win on the mound, facing 14 batters, with one strike-out and three walks.
Campbell hit a triple and Marci Vasa a double for Holyoke’s only extra-base hits. Laura Gerk, Campbell and Jordan Zeiler each had three hits; Makenzie Ault and Chandler Gerk had two; and Vasa, Alyssa Killin and Marlee Boehm had one apiece.
Campbell led in RBIs with four, while Zeiler and Boehm each had three. Ault had one stolen base.
Holyoke 15, Wray 5
The second game Saturday started out much slower offensively, as the Dragons had just three runs until the fourth inning. Both teams scored two in the fourth for a 5-2 HHS advantage.
Holyoke ran away with it, outscoring Wray 6-0 in the fifth and 4-3 in the sixth for the 10-point win.
Coach Clayton pointed out the Dragons stayed strong defensively behind Campbell’s pitching, holding Wray to just two runs until the sixth inning.
Campbell struck out five batters and walked five in the six-inning ball game.
Killin had three hits for the Lady Dragons, while Ault, Karci Lockwood and Boehm each had two; and Vasa, Laura Gerk and Campbell each had one. Campbell hit a triple and Ault a double in the game.
Ault led in RBIs with three, and she and Lockwood each had a stolen base.