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Colts softball gallops through preseason, region play

May 09, 2018 04:56PM ● By Brian Shaw

Freshman Jocelyn Lujan hits the ball down the left field line against Jordan High in region play. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

By Brian Shaw  |  brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com 

Whatever mojo the defending state champion Cottonwood Colts baseball team has had en route to their storybook season has begun rubbing off on other teams in the program, namely softball.

After a disappointing season last year, the Colts softball squad opened this year with a narrow loss to West Jordan. After that, however, Cottonwood has gone on a tear.

The Colts are riding high, carrying a 4-1 record in region play. What's just as impressive, however, is that Cottonwood is 10-3 overall—starting its season in grand style down south.

The Colts traveled to sunny St. George for the March Warm-Up Classic and not only turned things around, they won four straight games before losing in the finale to Richfield. 

The Colts then opened a rather early region slate by pummeling Jordan 16-1 on March 20. In the game, Cottonwood dispatched of the visitors in just four innings.

The next day, the Colts took mighty Alta to seven full innings before losing, 14-9. Cottonwood led the game after one inning and trailed by just two runs, 8-6, after two innings. The homestanding Hawks then scored five runs over the next three innings to secure the victory—the Colts' first region loss of the season.

Following the loss to Alta though, Cottonwood has won four straight region contests, putting the Colts into a tie for first place after five region games with Corner Canyon—a team they knocked off 3-2 in early April.

As indicated earlier, the Colts softball squad now sit in a great spot at 4-1 in region play and have clearly taken a page from the state champion Colts baseball team's playbook in this, their season of redemption.  

After getting shelled for the majority of last season, junior Carlie Roberts has a 6-3 record so far as the Colts ace pitcher. But that's only part of the story, because fellow juniors Kaysie Polad and Savanna Hoffman are doing damage with their bats as well, having smashed a home run apiece for Cottonwood.