BOULDER — Fairview's Zoe Callicoatt and Riley Todacheene have been steady-as-she-goes softball players for four varsity seasons, but there has never really been conversation about the Knights realistically making a regional playoff tournament.
The seniors, which include three-year starter Gabby Cook behind the dish, would like nothing more than to end their careers accomplishing something FHS has not done in a long, long time. There's still work to be done, but Monday's 21-6 victory over Boulder pushed Fairview to 7-6 on the season and gave Callicoatt a reassurance that they have a presentable case for postseason.
Fairview broke out after a disappointing performance against Front Range League foe Monarch on Saturday, crushing 16 hits and scoring multiple runs in all four innings of play on Boulder's home field.
Callicoatt's home run on the second pitch of the game — the firs over-the-fence blast she's ever hit — got Fairview off on the right foot against their rivals and the confidence oozed through the lineup.
"We are feeling good, and we'd have to play our game the rest of the season with the caliber of teams we have to play against, but that's definitely one of our goals," Callicoatt said after the win, which put Fairview within one win of matching its best record since 2014. "We want that, but we also want to keep it fun and keep the program going year after year."
The Knights sit 43rd in the latest ratings percentage index and will try and climb into the top-32 to get that regional berth. Fairview still has to score some league upsets — Callicoatt was wise to point out — but the group has worked hard to get good swings against all varieties of pitching.
Monday's game was a case of adjusting, sitting back and letting the pitch travel. Then, more often than not, they sent the ball sailing.
Callicoatt had three hits, Todacheene was one of six players to hit doubles and Sara Victor and Kate Liston each had three RBI in the win.
"I think this was a good game to get back on our feet ... we wanted to start strong with our offense," Callicoatt said. "It was fun for us. Just getting our bats warmed up because a lot of us have been in hitting slumps the past few games."
"It was nice to finally see them adjust," Fairview coach Miranda Christie added. "We want to play pitch-by-pitch, out-by-out and inning-by-inning, but the long term goal is regionals. So I think we just need to focus on the short pieces first. This is my third year coaching with the team ... now I really know we have the ability and the talent."
Boulder, now 3-14 but proving to be competitive in their 4A Colorado 7 League, was looking to match up against the Knights better than an August 18 game won by FHS, 15-1.
The Panthers did string together some hits in the bottom of the second inning to cut a 9-0 FHS advantage to 9-3, but BHS could not tack any more on until the fourth frame. However, freshman Ella Johnson was at the center of both rallies with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored.
Maya Hamilton also had two hits at the top of the batting order, helping finish what the bottom girls in the order started in each of those innings.
"I thought we hit pretty well today, all things considered, and getting a lot of hits in a row is big progress for us," Boulder coach Courtney Geib said. "They hit well, too, but we also gave up way too many runs (defensively). If we clean that up, I think we'll be doing pretty well. We have a couple freshmen that have grown a lot just over the past several weeks, so we're really excited about that."
Both teams are back on the field on Thursday, with Boulder battling Fort Lupton back in league play and Fairview at Broomfield.
Fairview 21, Boulder 6
At Boulder HS
Fairview (7-6)729 3 — 21 16 3
Boulder (3-14)030 3 — 6 10 1
W — Makenzie Goldstein. L — Lizbeth Garcia.
Fairview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Zoe Callicoatt 3-2-3-5, Sara Victor 1-1-1-3, Jaidyn Studebaker 1-2-1-2, Gabby Cook 5-3-2-2, Makenzie Goldstein 3-1-1-2, Alexandra Kruzel 3-2-2-1, Kate Liston 3-2-3-3, Teagan Talbot McQueen 1-1-0-0, Sammie Lane 0-1-0-0, Annaika Spilde 0-2-0-0, Madeline Hanscom 0-1-0-0, Kyra Walsh 1-0-1-0, Riley Todacheene 2-3-2-3. Totals 23-21-16-21.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Maya Hamilton 3-1-2-1, Fabiola Longoria 3-0-2-0, Stella Vito 3-0-0-0, Maelynn Terr 2-0-1-0, Ire Levitt 0-0-0-0, Lizbeth Garcia 2-0-0-0, Ava Johnson 2-1-1-1, Olivia Malmberg 2-1-1-1, Jennifer Rocha 2-1-1-1, Ella Johnson 2-2-2-2.
Fairview pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Goldstein 4-10-6-5-0-4.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Garcia 4-16-21-16-16-0.