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Tigers softball finishes season with districts loss

Ryan Slabaugh

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High School softball played its last game of the season Saturday, a 12-0 loss to Berthoud in the district playoffs.

The Tigers, which lost their first game of the season 12-0 to Lutheran, fell behind early and couldn’t catch up.

“They have something we don’t,” Tigers head coach Shelly Koehler said. “I can’t put my finger on it. We didn’t have the drive to win.”

Senior Megen Skulski and sophomore Cissy Daniels both doubled for Summit, but couldn’t score.

Still, the first and last losses of the season were the worst the Tigers saw all year. Summit enjoyed an eight-game winning streak at the start of the season, including a first place showing at the Blue River Softball Festival in Silverthorne where the Tigers went a perfect 5-0.

Other highlights included a solid 2-1 start to the Class 4A Jeffco League season. But Summit (9-10) also faltered down the stretch, losing its last eight games.

The Tigers graduate Amy Clark, Brittany Ellsworth, Skulski, Mackenzie Voorhees and Brittany Warner.

“Next year, there’s going to be a different dynamic of players,” Koehler said. “It was also a new year for us coaches. It’s always a transitional time.”

Tigers starting pitcher Caitlin Schmidt will return for her senior year next season, as will starting catcher Shannon Buhler, the team’s leading hitter.

“We’re excited about next year,” Koehler said. “We’ll take a little different approach and create a new game plan with the girls.”

Ralston Valley, the defending state champion, won the 4A Jeffco League with a 10-0 record. Conifer finished second at 9-1. The state tournament continues this week.

Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at rslabaugh@summitdaily.com.


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