CHEYENNE – Twenty-nine hits, 23 runs and just one defensive error.
All of that added up to a tournament championship for the Cheyenne Extreme under-18 fastpitch softball team Sunday.
“It’s so amazing where we’re at right now,” Cheyenne coach Adam Galicia said after his squad beat Northern Colorado Sting-Flores 6-0 in the title game of the Extreme Weekend. “We’re not doing everything perfectly, but we’re working really hard at what we’re doing.
“We pitching it well, we’re hitting it well, we’re making diving catches and tracking down balls in the outfield. I’m very happy with where we’re at. I’m really looking forward to this last month of the season.”
The Extreme (27-7-1) outscored their opponents 52-3 during six games in the tournament. Twelve of Sunday’s 29 hits went for extra bases.
Defensively, Cheyenne allowed its opponents just 11 hits, and freshman right-hander Janey Adair tossed a three-inning no-hitter during a 10-0 semifinal victory over Gering, Nebraska.
“(Galicia) has told us he thinks we’re right up there with the best teams he has ever coached,” said senior Maggie Seghetti, who hit a solo home run in Extreme’s 7-1 win over Aurora, Colorado. “We’re really hitting the ball well and scoring 50 or 60 runs every weekend, and our pitchers are really starting to get locked in. They were completely killed it (Sunday).
“They have been amazing in the past, but they really shined this weekend.”
Third baseman Kaylee Wilson was named tournament most valuable player after going 7 for 8 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs.
“(Saturday) was hard because I wasn’t really focusing in on the ball, so changed my approach and picked my pitches,” said Wilson, who was 2 for 6 on the first day of the tournament. “It’s kind of nice because we’ve seen most of these pitchers before. We kind of know their timing and know how they pitch.”
Jade Reinhardt was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Jordyn Wright went 4 for 6 with two doubles and three RBIs. Jayden Gashler went 4 for 8 with three RBIs, while Kenzie Boltz was 4 for 8 with two doubles.
In addition to Adair’s complete game effort, Jordan Harris and Ariana Galicia also went the distance during their turns in the pitcher’s circle. Galicia fanned five batters during the championship game.
CHEYENNE 7, AURORA 1
Aurora…… 000 10 – 1 6 3
Cheyenne…… 214 0X – 7 8 1
Aurora pitching: Klausing and Rogers. Cheyenne pitching: Harris and Seghetti.
W: Harris (5-0). L: Klausing.
2B: Aurora 2 (Langer); Cheyenne 4 (Reinhardt, Stehwien, Wilson, Wright). HR: Cheyenne 1 (Seghetti).
CHEYENNE 10, GERING 0
Gering…… 000 – 0 0 7
Cheyenne…… 262 – 10 9 0
Gering pitching: Claflin and Splattsoesser. Cheyenne pitching: Adair and Naughton.
W: Adair (5-1). L: Claflin.
2B: Cheyenne 2 (Boltz, Wilson). 3B: Cheyenne 1 (Stehwien). HR: Cheyenne 1 (Wilson).
CHEYENNE 6, NORTHERN COLORADO 0
Northern Colorado…… 000 00 – 0 5 6
Cheyenne…… 112 11 – 6 12 0
Northern Colorado pitching: Hammer, Tucker (3) and Colangelo. Cheyenne pitching: Galicia and Stehwien.
W: Galicia (14-4). L: Hammer.
2B: Northern Colorado 2 (Colangelo, Griffith); Cheyenne 2 (Boltz, Wright). HR: Cheyenne 1 (Stehwien).