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Longmont's Courtney Wood pitches during the second inning of the Trojans' game at Niwot on Saturday afternoon. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
Longmont’s Courtney Wood pitches during the second inning of the Trojans’ game at Niwot on Saturday afternoon. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
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NIWOT — High school athletics is measured in much more than wins and losses. Rather, it can be measured in the experiences that helped form a young athlete as they continue their journey toward adulthood.

On Saturday at Niwot, that journey came to an end for a few local softball players when Longmont defeated Niwot 12-0 to close out the season for both squads. Longmont senior pitcher Courtney Wood ended her career with a  seven-strikeout performance as sophomore third baseman Sasha Bruckner dominated at the plate with six RBIs. Junior center fielder Caitlyn Rangel and sophomore shortstop Kaitlyn Murphey each added two more.

Longmont's Shyanne Pohl bats during the second inning of the Trojan's game at Niwot on Saturday afternoon. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
Longmont’s Shyanne Pohl bats during the second inning of the Trojan’s game at Niwot on Saturday afternoon. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

“It was such a team effort. To feel like a team was amazing. All season we’ve worked towards a game like this and to pitch like that for them was really fulfilling,” Wood said. “My four years here have been incredible. Three new coaches in four years was hard, but to come out here with a new coach and be here for the rest of them was a really fulfilling ending.”

Junior pitcher Anne Booth collected seven strikeouts of her own for Niwot, but the Cougars couldn’t match the heat that the Trojans were bringing to the batter’s box.

The Trojans got the fire started in the top of the first inning after Murphey and Bruckner drove in two runs apiece on a pair of base hits to lead 4-0 after just one frame. The Cougars were able to cool the Longmont offense down over the next few innings before another strong showing at the plate from the Trojans in the top of the fourth.

By the end of that inning, they led 8-0 as they continued to systematically put runs on the board through the final three innings of their season.

With the win, the Trojans finished their season 7-16 as Niwot dropped to 9-14. Longmont will now say goodbye to Wood, Isabella Brooks and Kylee Keever as Niwot bids farewell to Zoie Chociej, Valeria Navarette, Josephine Gravelle and Libny Molina.

“I honestly can’t put into words how proud I am of the Niwot softball program through my four years here,” Chociej said. “It’s just been an amazing experience with the girls, the coaching and just having fun with all the people I love.”

Niwot's Jenna Hobson throws the ball in from centerfield during the Cougars' home game against Longmont on Saturday afternoon. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
Niwot’s Jenna Hobson throws the ball in from centerfield during the Cougars’ home game against Longmont on Saturday afternoon. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)