Softball ends, but Indians made progress in 2018
The Yuma High School softball team’s season came to an end last week, but three teams out of District 4 will continue playing at least one more week.
Limon, which won District 4 with a 10-0 record, 15-8 overall, along with Burlington and Holyoke, are in the Class 3A 24-team regional this weekend.
Limon is the eighth seed and will host Region 8 on Saturday. Ninth-seed Meeker (13-9) and 24th-seed Sheridan (9-13) play first, with the winner then taking on Limon. If Limon was to lose its game, the Badgers then would play the loser of the first game to determine Region 8’s second state qualifier.
Burlington, 9-14, is the 20th seed and is at Region 4, hosted by University in Greeley. The Cougars will play 13th seed St. Mary’s (17-6), with the winner then playing fourth-seed University (18-5).
Holyoke, 15-8, is the 22nd seed and is in Region 6 at Rocky Ford. The Dragons play 11th-seed Brush (13-10) with the winner then taking on sixth-seed Rocky Ford.
Each region will qualify two teams to the 16-team 3A state tournament bracket the following weekend. Strasburg is the top seed, Eaton the second, Delta the third, Faith Christian the fifth, and Lamar the seventh.
The Indians failed to advance to regional for the fifth consecutive year, but did make progress this season as they won five games, and finished ahead of Akron the in the final District 4 standings with a 3-7 league mark. They went 5-14 overall.
Yuma concluded its season last Thursday at Limon, dropping both ends of the District 4 doubleheader, 16-6 and 16-5.
Yuma scored first in the opener, plating one run in the top of the first. However, Limon then scored 14 unanswered runs over its first three at-bats. The Indians had a big inning in the top of the fourth with a five-run rally to make it 14-6, then held Limon scoreless in the home half. Yuma did not score in the fifth, and Limon pushed across two to get the game called on the 10-run rule.
The Indians did collect 10 hits in the game. Viri Escobar hit a home run while going 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Staci Higgins went 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs, Alysah Ybarra hit a double and scored one run, Lucy Day one hit and one run, Yarely Yanez one hit, one RBI and one run, Lisa Bustillos one hit and Courtney Ross one hit and one RBI. Pitcher Crystal Yanez struck out four and walked four. Limon actually had one less hit, nine, than Yuma. The Indians did commit five errors.
In the nightcap, Yuma scored two in the top of the second to tie the score. Limon answered with three runs, but Yuma tied it again with three runs in the top of the fourth. However, the Badgers finally broke it open with 11 runs in the bottom of the fifth to get the game called on the 10-run rule.
The Indians collected nine hits in the game, the same as Limon, but the home team had two home runs and two triples to one double for Yuma, and drew nine walks compared to five for the Indians.
Ybarra went 2-for-3 with a double, one run and one RBI, Higgins 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI, Ross 2-for-3 with two RBI, C. Yanez one hit and one run, Y. Yanez one hit and one run, and Escobar one hit and one run.
The double dip concluded the high school careers of seniors Crystal Yanez, Staci Higgins, Alysah Ybarra, Viri Escobar, Lisa Bustillos and Courtney Ross.