Warriors lose a close one

Coach said softball non-league games are important

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Arapahoe catcher Cheyenne Serrano catches the ball to late to tag he sliding Bear creek runner at the plate during the Aug. 20 non-league softball game. The run was important as the Bears went on to edge the Warrors, 5-4.
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Arapahoe's McKenna Klein fouls off a pitch during the Aug. 20 non-league game against Bear Creek. Klein hit the next pitch through the infield for a single but was stranded on base. The Warriors got more tha a dozen hits but didn't string them together as the Bears edged Arapahoe, 5-4.
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Hannah Stanley, Arapahoe shortstop, comes to her feet after tagging out the Bear Creek runner trying to steal second base. The play came during the Aug. 20 non-league softball game. The Warrior rally fell short as Bear Creek won, 5-4,
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The tying run was 60 feet from scoring when the final out was made as Arapahoe's softball team lost the tough battle with Bear Creek 5-4 on Aug. 20.

“We played a good game considering the weather has only allowed us to have two practices so far this year. Hopefully we can get in a good practice tomorrow and play well in the upcoming non-league games so we can work out the kinks and be ready when we start league play,” coach Jeannie Krueger said after the game. “We played well against Regis Aug. 18 and won 8-6. Today, we played well and while we got hits, we couldn't seem to string them together to score runs against Bear Creek. That is something we can work on to correct.”

The Centennial League changes it softball scheduling format. Last year, teams played league opponents twice. This year, teams play each league opponent once.

“Because of the change in the scheduling, we now are to play 12 non-league games before league play begins,” she said. “I like that idea. It gives us time to try players at different positions and put together the best lineup when we start playing league opponents.”

Non-league play continued for the Warriors (1-1) as they played a road game Aug. 22 at D'Evelyn, traveled to Columbine Aug. 25 and played a home game Aug. 27 against Mountain Range.

Upcoming games include a rematch road game against Bear Creek on Aug. 29 and a Sept. 2 game against Heritage.

The Warriors play home games at DeKoevend Park. The games usually start about 4 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.

Coach Krueger said the varsity is a half-and-half mix of returning veterans and freshmen and sophomores who are now playing varsity softball for the first time.

There was a good turnout for the team and the coach said the varsity will be solid and the Warriors will have a good junior varsity team.

“I think a team strong point is the fact we have three pitchers instead of just one regular pitcher like we did last year,” the coach said. “The addition of pitchers gives up depth at the position which can help us a lot by keeping hitters off balance when we switch pitchers.”

Krueger said all the players swing the bat well and the hitting consistency will improve with more practices and non-league games.

“We also have good speed on the team,” she said. “We can use that to advantage on defense and on offense by aggressive base running.”

The coach said defense is an area that needs work. She pointed out to several fielding miscues against Bear Creek but added all the mistakes can be corrected.

Krueger said the league will be tough. She said she expects traditional league title contenders like Eaglecrest and Grandview will field strong teams again this season.