The Boulder Independence Day softball tournament will continue Sunday with the final rounds for its four different age group brackets, but it will do so with no in-state representatives left after Saturday’s early single-elimination play.
The Colorado Stars teams had a rough go of things in the first round on Saturday, with each age group squad being eliminated.
In the Boulder 18U bracket, the Stars Gold Burns — with area players Taylor Gilmore, Linnie Malkin, Parker Dannenberg and Lainey Hughes — fell to the SoCal A’s by a 4-0 count at the Stazio Ballfields. Malkin had one of just three hits for the Stars in the game and the A’s racked up 11 hits to hand the Stars Gold its fourth loss of the home tournament.
The Stars 18U team playing in the Louisville bracket earned a solid seed by going 4-2 in pool play but could not get past the first round of bracket play, either. The California Breeze scored a 5-0 win to end their hopes of a title.
Up in Longmont, the Stars 16U squad started pool play well but ended up losing their final three games of the IDT, including a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Washington LadyHawks on Saturday morning. Taylor Nielsen and Kayla Harper combined for three of the Stars’ six hits in the game.
In Broomfield, both the 14U Stars Kapelke and 14U Stars Mohr teams could not find a way to make a run at things. The Stars Kapelke were edged 6-5 by the Louisiana Marucci Patriots while the Stars Mohr team suffered a 10-5 setback to the Tulsa Prospects.
Most teams in each age group were eliminated Saturday night, but those still hanging around for Sunday play will compete for 1 p.m. championship game berths at Stazio. Last summer, the SoCal Athletics won the premier 18U Boulder division. California’s OC Batbusters program won both the 18U Louisville and 14U tournaments. Georgia’s East Cobb Bullets won the 16U bracket.