Heading into the affair against Highlands Ranch (8-5) as the fifth-ranked team in the state, Legacy softball (7-4) could not find any rhythm in their frustrating 6-5 defeat on Sept. 11. Both teams …
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Heading into the affair against Highlands Ranch (8-5) as the fifth-ranked team in the state, Legacy softball (7-4) could not find any rhythm in their frustrating 6-5 defeat on Sept. 11.
Both teams exchanged blows throughout the contest and the Lady Falcons jumped ahead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly. Legacy came right back in the top of the second, adding two runs on a double from sophomore Alex Genty.
In the bottom half, HR bounced back with two runs of their own. One coming from lackadaisical defense from the Lady Lightning and one on a two-out single from sophomore Jaielyn Seidenwurn, putting the home team back up, 3-2. Legacy, however, wasn’t done.
Two more runs in the top half of the fourth on RBI’s from senior Hannah Farley and Karlee Bergman helped reclaim the lead for Lady Lightning. Farley was also on the mound, and in the bottom half, Highlands Ranch tied it up at four after freshman Whitney Preisser single.
The craziness still wasn’t complete, however. A leadoff single from Legacy sophomore Janessa Esquibel came around to score on the perfectly executed safety-squeeze bunt by Genty with one out to take the lead back. This time, it was Legacy’s last.
A scoreless bottom of the fourth for Farley put momentum into the hands of the road team before the bottom of the fifth in which, a solo home run by Jolie Cranford tied the game at five. Followed by back-to-back two-out hits, the RBI double from freshman Dani Cranford gave HR a lead they never gave back.
Completing five innings of work in the circle, senior Savannah Howard was lifted, and J. Cranford completed the final two innings. Allowing one hit and no runs, the right-hander was dominant in her short time.
Leaving a runner at second to end the game, Legacy will look back at this game with irritation and what-ifs. Five errors from Legacy defensively under six-time state champion and 21-year manager Dawn Gaffin is unacceptable. Cleaning up mistakes and perfecting their craft, expect Legacy to take a lot of lessons from this contest moving forward.
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