LONGMONT — Frederick’s Alex Dufour has burst on the prep softball scene as a freshman.
In a 16-2 win over Skyline on Thursday, Dufour was in a running mood. She stole seven bases, setting a new single-game school record.
“I was really happy because I thought I tied it at first,” Dufour said. “But then they told me they counted the one when I went to second.”
Dufour went to second whenever she wanted, and then to third, usually on just two pitches. She stole both second and third in the second, third and fourth innings. The Warriors freshman also batted 2-for-2, with three walks and three RBIs, improving her batting average to .600 on the season and maintaining her strikeout-free streak to start her career.
In total, the Warriors stole 16 bases. Not only their speed, but also working 14 walks allowed them to do so.
“We did a good job staying disciplined at the plate,” Warriors head coach Roger Dufour said. “I didn’t want to get up there and start swinging at every pitch and start getting impatient and them taking us out of our game that way.”
Gabby Moore went 3-for-3 for the Warriors, and Caroline Johnson drove in three runs.
On the mound, it was more Dufour. She started the game and turned in two one-run innings before handing the ball to Johnson, who finished out the game.
For the winless Falcons (0-6), there was a bright light amidst the Class 4A Tri-Valley League defeat. The Falcons scored their first two runs of the season, just two days after being no-hit by Silver Creek on Tuesday.
“Hats off to them. They finally got on the scoreboard and they earned both runs,” Dufour said.
First-year Falcons head coach Robbie Cheesman thought it was his team’s best all-around effort so far.
“We finally put at least a five-inning game together,” Cheesman said. “We started hitting the ball and we finally played defense for the first time this year. It was our first real complete game. Even though the score won’t show it, I think we played pretty well.”
At the end of the day, Cheesman said, he’s happy just to see improvement. And that’s what Thursday’s game was.
“We’re celebrating the small, little goals that we can obtain. That’s where we’re at,” Cheesman said. “We’re not gonna win state by any means, but we’re getting to the point now where we’re doing some better things.”
Brad Cochi can be reached at email@example.com.
FREDERICK 16, SKYLINE 2
At Skyline H.S.
Frederick (5-3, 2-2) 514 33 — 16 10 1
Skyline (0-6, 0-4) 001 01 — 2 4 2
W — Dufour (1-0). L — David (0-4)
Frederick hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Johnson 3-2-1-3, Dufour 2-4-2-3, Moore 3-1-3-1, Hernandez 2-0-1-1, Hoffmann 3-1-0-0, Nelson 4-1-2-1, Villani 4-0-1-1, Jackson 0-2-0-0, Engholm 0-1-0-0, Montano 0-1-0-0, Gabbard 0-2-0-0, Hamilton 2-0-0-1, West 1-1-0-0. Totals 24-16-10-11. 2B — Moore. SB — Dufour 7, Johnson 3, Villani 2, Jackson 2, Nelson, Montano.
Skyline hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — David 2-1-1-0, Emanuel 0-1-0-0, Curtis 2-0-0-0, Patrick 3-0-3-2, Quintana 3-0-0-0, Smith 2-0-0-0, Smario 2-0-0-0, Soto 2-0-0-0, Gutierrez 2-0-0-0. Totals 18-2-4-2. SB — Emanuel 2, David.
Frederick pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Dufour 2-1-1-1-4-1, Johnson 3-3-1-1-0-3.
Skyline pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — David 5-10-16-14-14-1.
BELOW: See Alex Dufour swipe one of her school-record seven bases.