Pirates win softball opener

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Englewood High School’s softball team opened the season in style Aug. 20 by posting a 12-1 win over Elizabeth.

“I felt we were a pretty good team, but I didn’t expect us to open with a big win like this over a team that is traditionally strong,” Pirates coach Dave Chapman said. “We played solid defense and we really hit the ball. It was a league game and a good way to get the season started.”

The team had little time to enjoy their win as they were at home Aug. 27 against Weld Central, a team expected to a strong contender for the league title.

Over the Labor Day weekend, Englewood is entered in the Sheridan tournament. It is an eight-team tournament divided into two pools.

The Pirates are in the pool with Jefferson, Sheridan and Denver North. On Aug. 30, they play Jefferson at 3 p.m. and Sheridan at 5 p.m. on the softball field south of the middle school. They are on the same field at 1 p.m. Aug. 31 against Denver North.

If the Pirates win their pool, they will play for the championship at 5 p.m. Aug. 31 on the middle school field.

In the season opener, Englewood dominated play over Elizabeth. Every player in the Pirates lineup who came to bat got at least one hit.

Two Pirates, Brittany Hall and Madison Smith, went 4-for-4. Dolly Ostrowski was 3-for-3 and drove in three runs, while teammates Naomi Quispe, Miranda Holman, Tori Harris and Jena Korinek were also 3-for-3. Holman and Harris each drove in two runs.

Hall pitched the game for the Pirates. She gave up one run and four hits, walked two batters and struck out five.

“We are a veteran team, including a number of returning letter winners who played in the summer league,” Chapman said. “I feel the summer league play helped our players and had them ready to go the first day of practice.

The coach said Quispe was playing her first softball game and did well, as did freshman Korinek. He said Cassandra Wallace played outfield last season but switched to shortstop this year and played the position well.

On Aug. 30-31, the Pirate softball team went 3-0 in pool play in the Sheridan tournament and took runner-up honors when they lost the championship game to Kennedy.

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