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    Longmont's Hali Walters gets a base hit during a game against Centaurus on Thursday in Lafayette. For more photos of the game go to

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    Longmont's Amanda Kowalski makes a leaping catch in center field during a game against Centaurus on Thursday in Lafayette.

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    Centaurus's Maddison DiLullo reaches for a shallow hit ball in center field during a game against Longmont on Thursday in Lafayette.



LAFAYETTE — Even when she was trying to shake off an injury behind the plate on Thursday, Longmont catcher Taylor Nielsen could be heard letting out a couple chuckles when coach Kelsey Walters attempted to console her.

Lately, there’s been a lot of reasons to smile for the Trojans. After beating Centaurus 18-4 in a Northern League contest at the Centaurus field, Longmont has now won six of seven games.

“We just have started to have more fun as a team, and when that happens we play well and win,” said Nielsen, who had four hits and drove in three in the resounding win. “We have shown we have good power through the order, and we know hitting is contagious. We went the whole way through a couple of innings (Thursday).”

The Trojans have already faced a number of the Northern League’s toughest teams, including Niwot and Mountain View, and they’ll get them again soon. Nielsen said they’re completely ready to take them on, especially after going 3-1 at the Berthoud Tournament this past weekend and rallying against Northridge in eight innings on Tuesday.

“We’ve really came together since (a 3-1 loss against Niwot),” Walters said. “We did some good things the other night against Northridge, not just bringing in one run to win but three (a 7-4 win). We keep pushing, and we have some leaders that help that.”

Walters’ team has scored 47 runs over the 6-1 streak, and on Thursday the Trojans belted 16 hits. Amanda Kowalski hit a home run in the second inning, and Hali Walters and Alexis Sayles had three hits apiece for LHS (7-5 overall, 4-4 Northern).

It took a little while to break the game open, but ironically it happened after a play from Kowalski in the field, not her home run. Leading 4-3 in the third inning, the sophomore center fielder made a leaping stab to catch a Alex Burgess line drive, which also caught Rachel Koeller off second base for a double play.

Longmont sent 13 batter to the plate the next half-inning, scoring eight times to take a 12-3 lead.

“We’re really starting to get comfortable with each other, and with me as the coach specifically, and I feel we’re starting to peak right now,” said Kelsey Walters. “We’re at the halfway point of the season, and I think we’re turning some things around.”

“Amanda is awesome, and she’s one of the most aggressive outfielders in our conference,” Nielsen said of her teammate.

Koeller and Maddie Wright each had two hits and drove in two runs for Centaurus (1-9, 0-8).

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Longmont 18, Centaurus 4

At Centaurus HS

112 806 — 18 16 1

012 001 — 4 8 2

W — Hali Walters. L — Kate Johnson.

Longmont hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Ellie Owens 4-2-0-2, Ali Aitken 4-2-1-1, Taylor Nielsen 5-2-4-3, Hali Walters 4-3-3-3, Natalia Alaniz 3-0-0-0, Katrina Sabol 0-0-0-0, Amanda Kowalski 3-3-1-2, Alexis Sayles 5-3-3-2, Jenna Moore 2-1-2-1, Jessie Herold 3-2-2-1. Totals 33-18-16-15 .

Centaurus hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Maddison DiLullo 4-0-0-0, Brooke Jones 2-1-1-0, Kate Johnson 2-1-1-0, Riley Grieble 3-0-0-0, Rachel Koeller 3-1-2-2, Alex Burgess 3-0-0-0, Denae Frieman 3-1-2-0, Maggie Reed 3-0-0-0, Maddie Wright 3-0-2-2. Totals 26-4-8-4.

Longmont pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Walters 6-8-4-4-2-7.

Centaurus pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Johnson 5-15-14-10-4-1, Molly Robinson 0.2-1-4-4-1-0, Amaya Cox 0.1-0-0-0-0-0.

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