LONGMONT — Macy Child is exemplifying how the Silver Creek softball team has evolved into the sort of program more than capable of reloading on the fly.
Last year, the Raptors’ Elise Dugwyler became the Northern League player of the year just one year after filling the No. 9 slot in the Silver Creek batting order.
Child hit .257 last year as a role player, yet so far this year the senior has proven to be a huge catalyst at the top of the Silver Creek lineup. On Thursday, Child and the Raptors continued their impressive start by posting a 13-3 victory in a Northern League tilt against Broomfield.
“Macy had a reasonable year hitting .257, but she is kind of in the same role that Elise was in last year as a senior leader,” Silver Creek coach Ryan Beavers said. “The way (Child) is handling the bat is tremendous. She’s able to slap the ball. She’s able to dump the ball. We have to hit the ball top to bottom. We can’t rely on one, two, or three kids. And that’s the good thing — we don’t have to.”
Child overcame an early scare when she was hit in the head by a pitch to lead off the first, but the senior shook off the jolt to jump-start the Silver Creek attack. Child reached base four times, going 3 for 4 with three runs scored as the Raptors took control early and never looked back.
“It hurt and it was ringing, but I was like, ‘OK, at least I’ll get to first base then,'” Child said of the early hit by pitch. “People have been talking about how we were going to be down this year, and it felt good to come out and give them a whuppin’. We’re all really positive. We got the win and will put it behind us and go get the next one.”
Child was one of several offensive stars for Silver Creek, which scored four runs in each of the first two innings.
Sophomore Haille Weber went 3 for 3 and was one of four Raptors hitters to notch multiple RBIs. Weber clinched the six-inning, mercy-rule victory with a double in the bottom of the sixth that extended Silver Creek’s lead to 10 runs. The Raptors also received two-RBI games from Shelby Keil, Ashley Beavers, and freshman Sheyann Ludwig to support pitcher McKenna Kostelecky.
Kostelecky allowed only five hits while picking up her second win on the young season, but three of those hits were solo home runs by Broomfield. Eagles pitcher Shelby Grandt blasted a solo shot in the top of the second, which briefly pulled Broomfield to within 4-1, while Karli Hughes and Amelia Trotter added homers in the sixth.
Silver Creek compiled 17 hits, but Weber’s game-clinching double was the only one that went for extra bases.
“The face of the team is a little different,” said Ryan Beavers, whose club improved to 2-0 overall and in the Northern League. “The last two seasons we’d sit back and let the long ball do its work and hit for power. We have a little more speed with a lot more kids on the left side of the plate. We have to manufacture and play the short game and mix it with the long game. We have a great balance of talent here, and defensively we’re strong.”
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SILVER CREEK 13, BROOMFIELD 3
At Silver Creek H.S.
Broomfield (1-1, 1-1) 010 002 — 3 5 3
Silver Creek (2-0, 2-0) 442 003 — 13 17 0
W — Kostelecky (2-0). L — Grandt (1-1).
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Knudsen 3-0-0-0, Babcock 3-0-0-0, Hughes 3-1-1-1, Grandt 3-1-2-1, Trotter 2-1-1-1, #10 2-0-0-0, Findley 1-0-0-0, Platnick 1-0-0-0, #7 1-0-1-0, #13 2-0-0-0. Totals 21-3-5-3. HR — Grandt (2nd inning, none on), Hughes (6th inning, none on), Trotter (6th inning, none on).
Silver Creek hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Child 4-3-3-0, Weber 3-2-3-2, Keil 4-1-1-2, Kostelecky 4-1-1-0, Ludwig 3-2-3-2, Ballard 1-0-0-0, Beavers 3-0-2-2, Strub 3-1-0-1, Gray 1-0-0-0, Wergin 3-0-1-0, Yost 0-0-0-0, Aubrey 4-3-3-0. Totals 33-14-17-10. 2B —Weber. SB — Aubrey, Weber.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Grandt 6-17-13-10-2-4.
Silver Creek pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Kostelecky 6-5-3-3-1-2.