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The summer softball season may be over, but the area players who played with the Colorado Tigers are still basking in the glow of their summer accomplishments while they prepare for prep campaigns in the fall.

On Aug. 4, the Colorado Tigers won the Amateur Softball Association 16U A Western National Championships in Spokane, Wash.

The Tigers finished the double-elimination bracket with a 7-1 record. But entering the championship game undefeated, All-American Sports Academy pushed the Erie-based club to the brink.

The Sacramento-based club defeated the Tigers 16-8 to force the “what if game.”

Leaving without a championship turned out to be a bigger if than some though, as the Tigers rebounded with Erie High freshman Rio Sanchez on the mound to clinch the title with an 11-6 victory.

“This one was so special because every single girl contributed so much,” Tigers head coach Nic Sanchez said. “That’s why we were so successful. That’s why this was the most special tournament I’ve been a part of as a coach. We were getting hits from everybody.”

The Tigers certainly proved they were up for a slugfest or two against some of the nation’s best.

Throughout the tournament, the Tigers put together a .417 batting average, .641 slugging percentage, .467 on-base percentage, 82 runs, 18 doubles, a triple and 14 home runs in nine games. They finished with 115 total hits.

Silver Creek junior Jordyn Ballard led the lineup by batting .621 with three homers (14 on the season) and 14 RBIs. Sanchez, who boasted a 2.80 ERA with 31 strikeouts over 50 innings, batted .456 and hit her 12th and 13th home runs on the season.

Frederick sophomore Mae Mitchell batted .353 and scored 12 runs. Warriors teammate Antonia Villani, a junior, batted .321.

Niwot sophomore Meghan Waidler batted .556 and Legacy freshman Emily Taggart, who led the Tigers with 28 homers on the season, batted .417 with 16 RBIs.

The Tigers finished the season with a 59-27-2 record.

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