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Softball: No. 5 Legacy out of sorts in loss to Highlands Ranch

Lightning fall to 7-4 with frustrating loss on the road

Legacy's Hannah Fraley throws a pitch on Wednesday against Highlands Ranch.
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Legacy’s Hannah Fraley throws a pitch on Wednesday against Highlands Ranch.

HIGHLANDS RANCH – On the road at Cresthill Middle School on Wednesday, the fifth-ranked Legacy softball team lost 6-5 to unranked Highlands Ranch.

Losing to what she knew to be a quality club in Highlands Ranch (8-5), was disappointing for Legacy head coach Dawn Gaffin. But unexpectedly having it happen because her Legacy (7-4) seemed to be uncharacteristically unfocused, that was unacceptable.

So for 10 minutes or so between the final out and its regular post-game team meeting, the Lightning ran. Before each sprint, Gaffin offered a different reason for why they had just been dealt their fourth loss of the 2019 campaign.

“Selfish hitting and not moving our runners,” Gaffin shouted. “Go!”

“Not knowing where runners are on the bases and where to go with the ball. Go!”

“Not knowing the difference between a sacrifice bunt and a delayed bunt. Not hitting our spots. Hesitating. Go!”

This followed the Lightning’s first loss to an in-state opponent since a defeat at the hands of No. 2 Rock Canyon in their season opener. Their only other losses in 2019 came against out-of-state teams Broken Arrow and Skiatook at the Colorado Tournament of Champions, and the Lightning entered Wednesday’s game sitting eighth in Colorado’s Class 5A RPI standings.

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Legacy’s Riley Olson

“Highlands Ranch did basic softball 101 and we didn’t, and it was evident,” Gaffin said. “That’s the bottom line and my girls know that. They haven’t played that way and I don’t know why it happened today. We just didn’t go out there with the plan we were supposed to have and that’s a growth issue. We’ll get it fixed.”

Despite leading on three separate occasions through the first four innings, the Lightning committed two errors in the loss and left six runners on base. Down a run in the top of the seventh inning, Hannah Farley two a two-out double but the Lightning was unable to bring home the tying run as Karlee Bergman lined out to first base to end the game.

Farley, who started in the circle, allowed five earned runs on 10 hits and went 2 for 4 at the plate. Kendall Aragon, Riley Olson and Bergman also each had two hits for the Lightning, and Alex Genty drove in three runs.

The Lightning will be back in action on the road Saturday when they face Rocky Mountain.

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