Summit picks up first win against Middle Park |

Summit picks up first win against Middle Park

MIDDLE PARK – Summit High School softball picked up its first win of the season Thursday, as the Tigers pounded Middle Park 4-3 in nonconference action.

The Tigers, despite losing catcher Shannon Buhler with a broken thumb, used 14 strikeouts from ace Caitlin Schmidt in the victory. Summit, which managed just one hit in its season opener, got extra base hits from Megen Skulski and Mackenzi Voorhees. Senior Brittany Ellsworth’s bunts also provided much of the Tigers’ offense.

“It was a real close game,” head coach Shelly Koehler said. “Everybody did their job at the plate. Our hitting was 500 percent better.”

Buhler should return this weekend for the Blue River Softball Festival, but will not catch, Koehler said. Sophomore shortstop Cissy Daniels provided the catching duties Thursday, and freshman Nichole Mason entered the game as the shortstop.

“It was tough for Shannon to sit out,” Koehler said. “But she did a great job of acting as captain and keeping things together on the bench.”

Starting Friday, the Tigers play five games in two days.

The times of the Tigers games Friday are as follows: Summit vs. St. Mary’s Academy, 4:30 p.m.; Summit vs. Eagle Valley, 6 p.m. On Saturday, Summit takes on Aspen at 10:30 a.m.; Summit vs. Rifle, noon; and Summit vs. Platte Canyon at 4:15 p.m. All games are at the Blue River Softball Complex in Silverthorne.

Action packed week for Summit sports

FARMER’S KORNER – It’s destined to be another busy weekend for Summit High School sports.

Today, the volleyball team travels over the pass to Battle Mountain for a 7 p.m. start.

Then, Friday, the real fun begins.

The boys soccer team looks to go 2-0 as it travels to Denver Christian for a 4 p.m. kickoff. The boys golf team, in second place in the Class 4A Jeffco League, will look to make a move into first as it travels to Indian Tree. Plus, the Tigers football team looks for its first win in its home opener against D’Evelyn at 7 p.m.

Also on Saturday: the gymnastics team travels to Arvada West 10 a.m.; the volleyball team travels to Aspen; and the cross country team goes to the Lake County Invite at 10 a.m.

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