BROOMFIELD — Don't look now, but the Legacy softball team is starting to heat up.
And that can only be bad news for the rest of the state.
The Lightning pounded out 19 hits, including five home runs, in a resounding 19-0 victory over the visiting Fairview Knights Saturday morning in a mercy-rule shortened four inning game.
Legacy coach Dawn Gaffin was not about to take the credit for it and commended her long-time assistant/hitting coach John Waller for the effort on Saturday.
"The girls are learning the fundamentals of hitting and they came in and were willing to listen to what I was trying to ask them to do," Waller said. "Just look at some of the things that they see the college girls do and just put the basic fundamental of hitting together.
"I allow them to be themselves and however they generate power, but they have been able to do a great job of putting the bat on the ball and staying palm up and palm down through contact."
That power display was in full effect for the Lightning from the get-go against Fairview starter Madison Vojta.
The second batter of the game, senior Katelyn Kubitschek, deposited the first of her two home runs on the day over the left field fence to start the scoring.
Legacy (11-3 overall, 6-1 Front Range League) didn't take their foot off the gas either. In their traditional aggressive style that forces the opposing defense to be precise with all of its plays, the Lightning seemed to be in constant motion around the bases.
They sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning, scored six times and in doing so forced the Knights to make four errors.
""I think the (Legacy) name itself might have intimidated the girls a little bit," said Fairview coach Sarah Kosorok, whose team dipped below .500 at 7-8 and are 1-6 in the FRL. "We just need to go in more confident. We've struggled against them in the past, so that is always hanging in their heads. We've got to be able to move forward."
Legacy continued the onslaught in the second inning, one that was highlighted by back-to-back home runs from Emily Taggart and Megan Foley. Taggart's left the field in a hurry, a lined shot to left-center field.
"They understand hitting and what a pitcher is trying to do to them and they do a good job of hitting the pitch that moves their teammate rather than gets them on base," Waller continued.
Everyone on the Legacy line-up card hit on Saturday and even when bench players were called upon, they delivered. Eight-hole hitter Morgan Hernandez went 3 for 3, with a triple and five RBIs. Taggart and Kubitschek each hit two home runs and both Peyton Miyasaki and Alyssa Archuleta were a combined 3 for 3 in a pinch hitting role.
Fairview managed just two infield hits against the Legacy pitching combination of Hannah Farley and Isabelle Kelly.
It doesn't get much easier for the Knights on Tuesday, when they host Fossil Ridge. Legacy will get Rocky Mountain on Tuesday before their huge cross-town match-up against Broomfield on Thursday.
LEGACY 19, FAIRVIEW 0, 4 INN.
Fairview (7-8, 1-6) 000 0 — 0 2 5
Legacy (11-3, 6-1) 649 x — 19 19 0
W — Hannah Farley . L — Madison Vojta.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Riley Todacheene 2-0-1-0, Maddie Levenberg 2-0-0-0, Tea Valdez 2-0-0-0, Faith Anderson 1-0-0-0, Jenna Baro 2-0-0-0, Gabby Cook 2-0-1-0, Annie Wilhelm 1-0-0-0, Rachel Panem 1-0-0-0, Zoe Callicoatt 1-0-0-0, Madison Vojta 0-0-0-0, Mackenzie Goldstein 0-0-0-0. Totals 14-0-2-0.
Legacy hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Lauren Strathearn 2-0-0-0, Peyton Miyasaki 2-2-2-0, Katelyn Kubitschek 3-2-3-4, Alyssa Archuleta 1-0-1-2, Trisha Cook 3-2-2-0, Emily Taggart 3-2-3-3, Kiara Pfiefer 0-1-0-0, Megan Foley 3-2-1-1, Ciarra Nelson 3-1-2-0, Samantha Conradie 1-3-1-0, Morgan Hernandez 3-2-3-5, Meghan hansen 1-2-1-1, Hannah Farley 0-0-0-0, Isabella Kelly 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-19-19-16.
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Vojta 2+-14-15-10-1-1, Goldstein 1-5-4-4-1-0.
Legacy pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Farley 1-1-0-0-0-1, Kelly 2-1-0-0-0-0, Farley 1-0-0-0-0-1.