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AURORA -- Try as Frederick High School’s softball team did, Ponderosa High School’s team had enough answers to pick up a 12-6 win over the Warriors in the first round of the state 4A softball …
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AURORA -- Try as Frederick High School’s softball team did, Ponderosa High School’s team had enough answers to pick up a 12-6 win over the Warriors in the first round of the state 4A softball tournament at Aurora Sports Park Oct. 21.
FHS never led. The Warriors spotted the Mustangs a four-run lead after three innings, then cut the deficit to a single run after Haley Howell’s home run and an Ali Davis RBI double. Ponderosa answered that with a two-run home run by Olivia Trombley in the last of the fourth.
FHS used an error off an infield grounder by Avery Salisbury two score two runs. Bella Hewitt added a scoring fly ball, and the Warriors trailed the Mustangs 7-6 after 4 ½ innings.
Ponderosa Rachael Wassenaar countered with a two-run home run in the Mustangs’ half of the fifth inning. Two errors and a passed ball helped Ponderosa score three more times in the bottom of the sixth,
“It seemed like they had an answer, and we didn’t make it difficult for them at times,” FHS coach Roger Dufour said. “They took advantage of it, and we just couldn't get that lead.”
Mackenzie Sais had three hits for the Warriors. Hewitt and Ali Davis added two base hits. Trombley, who also was the winning pitcher, helped her own cause with two hits and three RBIs. Ellie Williams had a base hit and drove in a pair of runs.
“We gave them too much, too many outs, too many free bases, too many ‘60 feet at a time’ on pitches,” Dufour said. “I’m not blaming it on any one thing. You can’t give teams anything at this point. Everyone is good. It just wasn’t meant to be for us.”
FHS finished 18-9 this season.
“We competed,” Dufour said. “After being down, we scrapped back into it. We used our short game. Because we exited in the first round, it’s good experience for the younger girls. That’s valuable for us.”
FHS loses seven to graduation.
“We’re looking forward to reloading next year. We’ll have to figure out a couple of positions, but I’m excited for the returning players next year,” Dufour said.
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