Westy softball falls to talented Denver East squad

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 8/28/19

Last Friday, Westminster softball traveled to Denver East in hopes to steal a road win against the 1-3 Lady Angels. However, because of dominant pitching from junior Grace Cooper and 12 hits, DE took …

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Westy softball falls to talented Denver East squad

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Last Friday, Westminster softball traveled to Denver East in hopes to steal a road win against the 1-3 Lady Angels. However, because of dominant pitching from junior Grace Cooper and 12 hits, DE took down the Lady Wolves, 14-2.

A tally of 11 walks came around to burn Westminster despite hanging around early in the contest. Knowing this staggering number is a recipe for disaster, 11th-year manager Alexandra Towers anticipates improvement from her girls in the circle.

“We needed to throw more strikes. We were getting behind in the count, so it shrinks our zone as a pitcher. When you start ahead, your zone is bigger, and you have more to work with. They (Denver East) definitely came out swinging, but our area of opportunity is to start ahead in the counts,” Towers said postgame.

One of the noticeable bright spots for the road team came from senior Alicia Samaniego, who recorded the team’s lone hit in the four-inning affair. Starting the game at shortstop, the multi-talented leader ended the game at third, making multiple impressive plays, including a double-play to end the second inning. It was the also her first game of the season after recovering from an injury.

“She (Samaniego) is huge to what we do and one of our returning seniors,” Towers said. “She is definitely the vocal leader of the few seniors we have on our roster. She will play anywhere essentially except behind the plate. I think she provides that experience on the field of being vocal, helping the younger girls work through the plays with what’s going on and she just gets the job done on the field in general.”

Being only a few games into the season, the ladies of Westminster have taken on stiff competition their first few opponents. Improving, as well as correcting mistakes will be crucial for this team as a long season waits for a group that was over .500 last year.

“From a game like today, there is a bit of a laundry list of things we need to work on. We didn’t make the adjustments offensively to get our hands through the pitch, getting a little tied up on the inside, so I think tomorrow when we have practice, we have to work on that,” Towers said. “We also need to clean things up defensively. The pitcher’s job is to put a strike over the plate, not their job to strike-out the hitter. We have made adjustments, but our overarching goals are still the same in improving every day.”

Westy will play three times this week, including two of those contests in the friendly confines of their home field.

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