BROOMFIELD – A 2019 season that started with such optimism for the Silver Creek softball team has hit a bit of a snag.
Entering the season as the No. 2 team in Class 4A according to the CHSAANow.com preseason poll, the Raptors, who reached the state semifinals last fall, won their first two games of the new campaign. They won them handily, in fact, without allowing even a single run to either opponent.
But on Tuesday, the Raptors lost 10-0 to Broomfield, 5A’s No. 9 team, and at the Colorado Tournament of Champions on Thursday, they fell 7-1 to Kellyville, a talented ball club from Oklahoma.
“We’re just not playing with an aggressive mindset, quite frankly,” Raptors head coach Ryan Beavers said. “We teach an aggressive approach whether it’s at the plate, in the field or on the mound. It’s a punch before you get punched kind of thing and we’re just not playing that way. The first two games were fine but in our last two games we’ve played some quality opponents and you just can’t be timid against teams like that.”
Beavers added that he wants the Raptors to graduate from wanting to do well to expecting to do well. That may take some time since the Raptors are after all graduating seven seniors, six of whom were starters, after last year’s successful season.
Both the Raptors’ talent and youth showed at Broomfield High School on Thursday.
Silver Creek got two runners on base with one out in the top of the first but two of the next three batters struck out and they exited the frame empty-handed. They loaded the bases with one out in the third inning only to strike out and then fly out to end the inning. Then after scoring their lone run in the top of the fifth, they committed three errors in the bottom of the inning that allowed three runs to score before the game was called because of the tournament time limit.
Freshman starter Talyn Fordham was solid on the mound except for the third inning, in which she walked four batters and three runs crossed the plate.
“We had a freshman go today and she had a solid outing except for the one inning when she walked four,” Beavers said. “Then we had at least two runners on with less than two outs three different times and struck out each time. We’re a young team but we need to learn to assert ourselves in those clutch situations.”
Junior Maddie Kuehl went to 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the Raptors’ lineup.
The Raptors will play Windsor at 3:30 p.m. on Friday continuing in the Tournament of Champions at Broomfield High School.