Middle Park drops tough game to Lutheran | SkyHiNews.com

Middle Park drops tough game to Lutheran

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi News sports correspondent
Grand County CO Colorado

The Middle Park Panther softball team saw its season end in post-season play last Saturday, Oct. 16, with defeats at the hands of Holy Family, 11-1, and Lutheran, 9-8.

Against Lutheran, the team held a couple of leads but just couldn’t hold on for the win.

Coach Robbie Cheesman said he was proud of the way his girls played this season. The team started the year with 10 players and saw one move away to leave the squad with the minimum number required to field a squad. That meant there was no margin for error regarding injury, illness or just plain not having a good day.

One thing nobody could complain about, Cheesman, observed, was a lack of playing time. The team was comprised of Arielle Steinberg, Alex Gallegos, Katelyn Adams, Morgan Milstead, Mikey Cross, Katie Matfeld, Hannah Davidson, Shelby Brueske and Katharyn Woodard.

Coach Cheesman added that the final game loss was disappointing but his team played Lutheran closer than they had in a previous matchup. The team finished the year with a 13-8 record, including a 6-5 mark in league play.

In addition to pitching duties, Milstead led the team with a .483 batting average. Adams batted .393, Woodard had a .367, Davidson finished with a .353 batting average while Cross compiled a .345 mark.

Milstead led the team in RBIs with 34 and tied for the team lead in home runs with Adams with two. Gallegos was credited with 33 RBIs and Adams batted in 29 runs for the Lady Panthers. Woodard had 26 RBIs, led the team in runs scored with 34 and was second on the team with seven doubles. Milstead’s eight doubles led the team and Adams also had seven two-baggers. Adams led the team in triples with three.

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