Thornton softball defeats Westminster in slugfest

Deckhead

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 10/23/19

When you see a score of 21-14, the first thought is you’re watching a football game. Oct. 14 at Westminster High School, this was a softball score, as Thornton chipped away at the Lady Wolves to …

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Thornton softball defeats Westminster in slugfest

Deckhead

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When you see a score of 21-14, the first thought is you’re watching a football game. Oct. 14 at Westminster High School, this was a softball score, as Thornton chipped away at the Lady Wolves to record their eighth victory of the year.

The madness began in the opening inning as the Lady Trojans tallied three runs in the top half on three hits. Responding in quite the fashion, Westy had 12 runners cross the plate on nine hits to run away with a 9-run lead heading to the second frame. However, the road team fought back.

Notching things at 12 apiece, seven walks headlined a catastrophic inning for Westy in the field. The two hits in the inning came from seniors Kelsei Trombetta and Cheyenne Calzada (singles).

In the bottom of the second, Westminster reclaimed the lead with two runs, but that’s all the Lady Wolves could muster the rest of the way with Thornton senior Lauryn McCollam settling down and finding her groove in the circle.

Allowing 11 hits in the first two innings, the lefty allowed only five hits in the final five. McCollam’s offense picked her up all afternoon as go-ahead runs came in the fourth when the Lady Trojans put up four runs to claim the 17-14 lead — never looking back.

Four insurance runs from Thornton in the seventh closed the season on a sour note for the Lady Wolves — who dropped their final five contests this season. Westy (4-20, 3-6 in conference) will head into the offseason with a young, talented group hoping to turn their fortunes around in 2020.

Leading the Lady Trojans (8-15, 6-3 in conference) in hits, the Yazmeen Reyes and Rissy Garcia did their jobs, recording three knocks apiece. Laryss Rodriguez, Serena Fox, McCollam, and Calzada followed with two each in the 16-hit effort as well. Garcia led the team with four runs scored and two RBI’s with McCollam and Calzada, also driving in two.

On the other side, Kori Rhoads and Morgana Trujillo accounted for three hits in five at-bats. Two-hit performers included Jasmine Bonner, Bre McCoy, Janessa Solis, and Kyden Duran. The team leaders in runs batted in included Rhoads with four and Duran with two.

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