NIWOT - With her blurring speed, Tori Dufour turned a couple dribbling hits into a whole lot of damage in the leadoff spot for Frederick. Behind her, Abby Hazlett simply barreled up pitches.
The top of the Warriors' order can certainly hit you in a lot of ways.
Dufour was a menace on the basepaths and Hazlett slugged in five runs, helping Frederick beat Niwot 16-1 on Monday afternoon.
"It's fun having that young teammate behind me powering me in," Dufour said. "It's just a fun experience."
Dufour, one of three seniors for the Warriors, didn't waste time changing the complexion of the game with her fleet of foot. She hit an infield single on her first at-bat, then stole second, advanced to third on a shallow popup, and scored on Lexie Elkin's RBI single for the first run of the game.
In the fourth, Dufour again reached on an infield single, but this time she immediately turned the corner to second with nobody in position. Hazlett brought her home on a sharp single. Dufour, though, had to first get herself out of a pickle between third and home -- she danced back-and-forth between the catcher and third baseman until an errant throw allowed her in, putting Frederick up 4-1.
For the Warriors, it's a speed-meets-power philosophy.
"(We) want to have a baserunner and usually we have that, and she is able to steal and stuff," said Hazlett, who also hit a double and triple off the outfield wall. "Then they have me hit her in to get those runs up on the board earlier in the game."
Peyton Gale allowed one run and five hits over six stellar innings for Frederick, which opens the season 2-0 after beating Weld Central 13-5 on Thursday. Peyton Putallaz added a mammoth two-run home run as part of a nine-run sixth inning for the Warriors, and Elkins and Jayden Horner each had two RBIs.
Frederick lost nine seniors from last year's 15-7 campaign and state tournament berth. The Warriors come into 2018 young, but coach Roger Dufour is liking what he sees so far.
"I'm very pleased with our start," he said. "Putting that many runs up in two games is hopefully a good sign for the rest of the year offensively."
Niwot (0-1), meanwhile, struggled in its first game of the season.
Sophomore Aliyah McComas was a bright spot for the Cougars. She had two hits and her team's lone RBI from the plate. From the mound, she battled but wasn't helped out by the Cougars' seven errors.
"This is the first game and we have 22 games to play," the sophomore said. "We got all the first-game jitters out ... We all just need to let loose and play our game. We all know how to play softball."
Frederick 16, Niwot 1
Frederick (2-0)121 309 x — 16 14 1
Niwot (0-1)100 000 x — 1 5 7
W — Peyton Gale (2-0). L — Aliyah McComas (0-1).
Frederick hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Tori Dufour 5-2-2-0, Abby Hazlett 5-2-3-5, Peyton Gale 2-3-0-0, Peyton Putallaz 4-2-1-3, Lexie Elkins 5-0-2-2, Jayden Horner 4-2-2-2, Kaitlyn Howell 4-1-1-1, Ali Davis 4-2-2-0, Alena Jaramillo 3-2-1-0.
Niwot hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Nikki Sims 3-0-0-0, Reagan Wills 3-0-0-0, Ayva McComas 3-1-0-1, Aliyah McComas 3-0-2-1, Savannah Rafkin 3-0-1-0, Esme O'Rourke 2-0-0-0, Caitlyn Schreiner 2-0-0-0, Calista Law 2-0-0-0.
Frederick pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Gale 6-5-1-1-0-2.
Niwot pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Al. McComas 6-14-16-4-5-5.
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