Girls Softball

Emilie Roberts needed just a simple base hit to give her Smoky Hill team a win over Lakewood at the Dave Sanders Memorial tournament when she stepped to the plate Sept. 8. Any kind of hit would have brought home the winning run from third base, but this is not just any kind of season for the Buffs’ star senior catcher.

CENTENNIAL | Sooner or later, the bats always seem to come alive for the Eaglecrest softball team, no matter the opponent. The Raptors trailed previously undefeated Fossil Ridge by two runs going into the fourth inning of a high-powered non-league contest Tuesday afternoon at Jennifer Moreland Field until the offense woke up as usual.

CENTENNIAL | Eaglecrest softball coach Yvette Hendrian trusts anybody in her lineup and on her bench to come through in the clutch. On Tuesday evening, it was junior Shayelyn Allen’s turn. Hendrian had slugging shortstop Rachel Sabourin lay down a bunt to advance a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth inning of a non-league contest against visiting Dakota Ridge and Allen made the strategy pay off with a liner to the gap to give her team a 5-4 walk-off win.

After helping Cherokee Trail and Grandview reach the pinnacle of Class 5A softball, Eaglecrest feels like it’s ready to take its turn at the top. In recent years, the Raptors have provided outstanding competition for the neighboring Cougars and Wolves, who each captured the first state championship in program history in the past three seasons.

One of the staples of the summer in Aurora is the arrival of the annual Colorado Fireworks softball tournament, which brings hundreds of the top prep fastpitch softball club teams (18-under and 16-under) from across the country and a gaggle of college coaches to Aurora for a week. The Fireworks tournament begins on June 25 and is spread out across a variety of venues around Aurora, with the main action taking place at the Aurora Sports Park, as it makes full use of the facilities’ three outstanding four-field complexes. Highline Park, Horseshoe Park and Olympic Park also will be utilized.

Aurora had a treasure trove of talent during the 2016 softball season and it shone brightly in the biggest moments. City teams made up half of the final four teams in the Class 5A state softball tournament — Cherokee Trail and Eaglecrest — and both of those local programs were fueled by exceptional talent. Five members of the eventual 5A state champion Cougars lead the way on the first unit of the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Softball Team, which was selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of city coaches.

AURORA | Selections from Aurora teams (Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill) and others on the All-Centennial League teams for the 2016 softball season: Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel 2016 ALL-CENTENNIAL LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAMS FIRST TEAM Aurora selections: Emily […]