Colton's softball team was unable to bridge the gap between regular season success and postseason victory. After making the long trip to Lost River High School on Monday, May 20, the Lady Vikings lost an 8-5 heart breaker to the Raiders in seven innings.
Colton led for a majority of the game, picking up runs in the top of the second, fourth, and fifth innings to establish a 3-0 lead. Lost River bounced back in a big way in the bottom of the fifth, picking up a trio of its own runs to tie things up headed into the danger zone.
Colton answered with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to reestablish the lead 5-3, and once again, Lost River got it done. Five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and a shutout in the top of the seventh inning made it a lock.
The two teams were even in terms of hits with seven apiece. The real difference was slight, and it happened in terms of errors: Lost River with three, Colton with four.
Those errors led to a tough loss, especially considering Colton established its strongest lead on a two-run home run from sophomore Lauren Reed in the top of the sixth inning. Reed was Colton's strongest performer in the contest, recording three runs, two hits, and two RBIs in four at-bats. Sophomore Madelynne Pierce was the next best at the plate with two hits and a RBI.
Sophomore Katelyn Dutton manned the mound for the Lady Vikings the whole game. While Dutton gave up seven runs, eight hits, and a pair of errors, Dutton kept the Raiders off the scoreboard for four innings, and had a strike percentage of .814 with 70 strikes per 86 pitches. In 29 batters faced, Dutton served 24 of them a strike on the first pitch.
Colton falls to 16-10 overall, with an 11-5 record in the 2A/1A Special District 2. While Colton collected a handful of loses right off the bat, the team put together winning streaks of two, four, and six games down the stretch.
"The season was successful, in particular because we had three freshman and three players who had never played softball previously," Colton softball coach Jim Brochis said. "All in all, we had a very successful season and each player knows what skills they have to improve in order to be successful next year."
Lost River (18-9) went on to lose to Grant Union/Prairie City (22-2) on Wednesday, May 22 by a score of 4-2.
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