CHEYENNE – Knocking off rust was the most important thing.
A pair of wins were just icing on the cake.
The Cheyenne Extreme under-18 girls fastpitch softball team ended a nine-day layoff by sweeping a doubleheader from the Colorado Rockettes of Thornton, Colorado, on Thursday.
Cheyenne (35-9-2) won the opener 12-5 and the night cap 11-5 at the Converse Softball Complex.
“We had our last tournament rained out, so we needed to get some work in before we go to Florida next week,” Extreme coach Adam Galicia said. “All of our pitchers pitched really well. That’s something we’ve been working on, but there’s nothing like pitching in game situations.
“We weren’t perfect, but we knocked the rust off. I didn’t want to go to Florida without getting any games in. That’s not good for us. It was nice to get some games in, and get a couple wins.”
Cheyenne plays in the Space Coast World Series starting Tuesday in Melbourne, Florida.
Both of Thursday night’s contests played out similarly.
Extreme staked an early lead, padded it and then exploded to break the game open.
In the opener, it was a nine-hit, eight-run third inning that put Cheyenne ahead 11-1. Three of those hits were for extra bases, including Brittney Lopez’s three-run home run to right field.
Jayden Gashler, Kaylee Wilson, Jordan Harris, Ariana Galicia and Alexis Naughton all had two hits for Cheyenne. One of Galicia’s hits was a solo home run to lead off the second.
Wilson and Trista Stehwien both drove in two runs.
Janey Adair struck out six hitters and allowed six hits over four innings to pick up the win in the pitcher’s circle.
In Game 2, Extreme led 3-1 after the first inning. It pushed the lead to 5-3 with a solo homer from Lopez to lead off the second, and a solo shot from Stehwien with two outs in the third.
Cheyenne capitalized on errors to take a 7-3 edge with one down in the fifth.
Stehwien gave Extreme a 10-3 lead with by turning on an inside pitch and hitting three-run double down the third base line.
“A lot of us were dropping our hands when we were batting early in both games,” said Stehwien, who was 3 for 3 with four RBIs. “We made the adjustments we needed to, and started hitting. Once we got one hit, we kept it going.
“Sometimes it just takes one hit to get everyone in the lineup going.”
Ariana Galicia picked up the pitching win in the second game, striking out seven hitters and scattering seven hits over five innings.
CHEYENNE 12, COLORADO 5
Colorado…… 010 31 – 5 7 0
Cheyenne…… 218 1X – 12 17 2
Colorado pitching: Hafey and Unavailable. Cheyenne pitching: Adair, Harris (5) and Naughton.
W: Adair (6-1). L: Hafey.
2B: Colorado 2 (Hafey and Unavailable); Cheyenne 2 (Boltz, Harris). 3B: Colorado 2 (Crouch, Stewart); Cheyenne 1 (Stehwien). HR: Cheyenne 2 (Galicia, Lopez).
CHEYENNE 11, COLORADO 5
Colorado…… 102 002 – 5 9 2
Cheyenne…… 311 06X – 11 9 2
Colorado pitching: Giron and Hackney. Cheyenne pitching: Galicia, Moorehouse (6) and Stehwien.
W: Galicia (16-4). L: Giron.
2B: Colorado 2 (Crouch, Whitlock); Cheyenne 1 (Stehwien). HR: Colorado 1 (Simmons); Cheyenne 2 (Lopez, Stehwien).