Fossil Ridge High School’s softball team pounded out 15 hits Tuesday and rolled to an 11-1 victory over city rival Fort Collins.
The SaberCats, ranked ninth in the state in The Denver Post’s coaches’ poll, scored three runs in the first and third innings and two apiece in the fourth and fifth. A single run in the sixth ended the game the game early.
“It’s a good win at this stage of the season,” said Fossil Ridge coach Dave Philop, a former assistant for the Lambkins,. “We’re starting to put everything together. We’re getting good pitching, solid defense and timely hitting.”
Haley Donaldson had three of Fossil Ridge’s 15 hits, including a triple, and added an RBI. Haleigh Waterland was 2 for 3 with a home run and double and had two RBIs.
Courtney Medina also hit a home run and added a pair of hits, while Emily Burns, Courtney Lecher and Brittany Younan all had two hits apiece for the SaberCats (10-2, 3-1 Front Range League).
Murphy McRoberts picked up the victory, allowing only three hits and the one run.
“They’re a really good team,” Collins coach Keith Aragon said. “They have power and speed and their pitcher is tough. We had a couple miscues they took advantage of, but they were just a more experienced team.”
This was the second game in a row the SaberCats have beaten a crosstown rival by 10 runs. They beat Rocky Mountain 16-6 on Saturday. One of Fossil Ridge’s two losses came last week, an 8-2 setback to top-ranked Legacy.
“We were pretty down after Legacy; we were really looking forward to that,” Philop said. “It’s nice to see them ‘bounce back Saturday and today. It’s was refreshing to see.”