The win total keeps climbing for the Yuma High School softball team.

One season after going winless, the Indians picked up their season win in 2018, 5-4 over Florence in the fourth and final game of the Brush Tournament, last Saturday. They are now 2-8 overall heading into Friday’s league double header at home against the Burlington Cougars. The first game will begin at 4 p.m. It is their only action this week.

“I’m excited to play them,” first-year head coach Morgan Spencer said. “I want to see if we can stay with them and maybe pull out another win.”

Yuma and the Florence Huskies engaged in a well-played contest, last Saturday afternoon in Brush. Both teams committed just two errors, and both had seven hits in a game limited to five innings. (All of the tournament games were five innings.)

Lisa Bustillos makes contact during a game at the Brush Tournament, last weekend. (Dave Gustafson)

The Indians scored one run in the top of the second. Florence tied it with a run in the bottom of third, but the Indians responded with one in the top of the fourth for a 2-1 lead.

Yuma then broke it open a bit with three runs in the top of the fifth. However, Florence did not go away quietly, scoring three runs in the home half, but the Indians were able to get the last out for the victory.

“I think now that they have two wins, they’re gaining a lot of confidence,” Spencer said. “I think the bats are really going to break out soon.”

Freshman Tiemy Montes went four innings in the circle to get the pitching win. She struck out four and walked seven while allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits. Senior Crystal Yanez threw one inning, allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks. The defense was strong behind both pitchers.

Offensively, Yanez was 2-for-3 with one run, senior Lisa Bustillos 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI, freshman McKenzie Weathers 2-for-3 with one RBI, freshman Darina Rascon one hit and one RBI, and senior Alysah Ybarra and sophomore Sandy Gilliland one run each.

Yuma opened tournament play Friday morning with an 11-2 loss to Holyoke. The Indians trailed 4-2 when the Dragons broke it open with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth.

D. Rascon was 2-for-2 at the plate, Lucy Day had one hit and one run, Viri Escobar one hit and one run, and Staci Higgins and Weathers one hit each. Yanez took the pitching loss, but allowed only six earned runs.

Alysah Ybarra winds up for a throw to first base during the Brush Tournament, last weekend. (Dave Gustafson)

Yuma then played Valley later in the day, losing 16-0 in three innings. Day, D. Rascon and Bustillos each had one hit.

The Indians returned to Brush on Saturday, losing 14-0 to Fort Lupton that morning, before coming back for the win over Florence later in the day. Yuma was outhit 14-1 in the Fort Lupton loss.

Spencer noted the Indians are beginning to tighten up the defense.

“They’re learning that making the routine plays are crucial and are really taking on that challenge,” she said. “We’re having a lot less errors than we did during the first week of the season.”