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South forces four-way tie for first in S-CL

9/14/18

South softball rakes in 13-6 win over Central

Tuesday night South High School softball coach Wes Madrill looked toward his team’s matchup with Central Thursday night. He stated that the game would set the tone for the rest of the South-Central League since the Wildcats were 2-0.

Central coach Larry Romero echoed similar thoughts Wednesday at practice.

And now, the league might still be hearing some ringing in their ears after the loud statement made by the Colts in their 13-6 win. They slapped 18 hits and led 11-0 at one point, only a couple outs away from mercy ruling the Wildcats.

“I think it’s a big win because it’s going to set the tone for the rest of the season,” senior Bailey Spinuzzi said, sharing her coach's sentiments. “Our win from County (Tuesday) really hyped us and we are just going to go out the rest of the season and do our job.”

South began the offensive barrage in the second inning with five hits as it rocked Central’s starting pitcher Savannah Autobee. Earlier this week, the freshman held defending S-CL champions Pueblo West to just one run on eight hits on the Cyclones' home turf.

One big difference between the two games for Central was the defense behind Autobee. Against Pueblo West, the Wildcats committed one error while Thursday they gave up four free bases. Being a younger team than in years past, Romero understands consistency will be what his team needs most.

“I think there was some nerves tonight, they understood it was a critical game for us,” Romero said. “I thought we were relaxed, but their actions showed they were a little tense tonight, but I’m still proud of them (for battling back).”

On the other side, South played one of its most complete games of the year. All but one batter in the starting nine had at least one hit and they continued to put the ball in play, as seen by only having two strikeouts.

In the circle again was senior Makayla Keck, who gave up only six hits and had a two-hit shutout going into the bottom of fifth with her team up 11-0. A couple errors allowed Central to score and keep the game alive, but Keck kept them in check after that.

“Makayla does a great job for us on the hill,” Madrill said. “She’s one of those pitchers that has the audacity of a giant.”

Many Colts had a terrific night at the plate, including senior Bailey Spinuzzi who went 4-5 with an RBI, two stolen bases and a team-high four runs scored. Miranda Algien brought home the most runs with four RBI.

“Just my mentality is always get on because I know the hitters behind me are going to hit me in,” Spinuzzi said. “My job is just to get on and I’ll get scored in.

“It doesn’t matter how, bunting, hits to the outfield whatever. I’ll get on.”

Down on Salas Field, Pueblo County blanked Centennial 10-0 behind a no-hitter from Morgan Pantaleo and Pueblo West handled East at home 9-1. Those games paired with South’s win creates a four-way tie atop of the S-CL.

With seven games remaining in league play, teams know there is time to drown out that Colts’ noise with a statement of their own.

“We set the tone that we can go up to the plate and hit the ball and score runs when we need to,” Madrill said. “We got a different demeanor that says we are here, hear us in the dugout, listen to us and watch us on the field.”

“I said after we lost that we are still in a good spot,” Romero said. “It’s a tough row to hoe, but the team that can be resilient, the team that can take care of the ball, make the least errors is going to be the South-Central League champion this year.”

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