Cottonwood softball stays alive in state playoffs
May 24, 2018 01:37PM
● By Brian Shaw
Junior Carlie Roberts pitches against Jordan High in region play. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
By Brian Shaw | firstname.lastname@example.org
Back in the playoffs after a one-year hiatus, the Cottonwood softball team came into the Class 5A state tournament riding a three-game losing streak.
And so what a better way to get that proverbial monkey off of your back than to start fresh, right? The Colts did just that on May 15 in a first-round home playoff game against Springville.
Cottonwood got out fast, posting two runs in the first inning, and added another in the fourth before giving up two to the Red Devils late on to hang on for a 3-2 win and move on to the next round.
In the second round of the playoffs May 17 at Bountiful, the Colts got shredded, giving up seven runs in the first inning en route to a 10-2 loss, which set up Cottonwood in the one-loss bracket against Murray on May 21 where they lost 15-8.
The Colts finished second in their region at 7-3 and they're 15-9 overall. They've been led by Carlie Roberts, their junior pitcher who has a 10-6 record. Roberts has also been one of Cottonwood's top hitters all season, connecting on two doubles and one triple.
Junior Savanna Hoffman leads Cottonwood in hitting, having connected for seven doubles and two home runs this season. To round out Cottonwood's quintet of juniors, Kaysie Polad has been impressive, hitting four doubles this season and has also hit two homers.
The Colts have enjoyed some signature victories this season, knocking off region champion Corner Canyon back in April —along with a league win over Alta.
Some preseason wins of note for Cottonwood included a four-game win streak at the Warm-Up Classic in St. George in March and a 10-0 pasting of Skyline in April.