Overcoming the odds
July 30, 2008
The Windsor Lady Wizards softball team overcame long odds for a second-place finish in the under-14 Indian Peaks Girls Softball Association recreation tournament July 12 in Boulder.
Windsor finished the season with a 12-2 record in league play, but missed a pair of players ” who were on vacation ” for the tournament, so the Lady Wizards had to suit up with eight players instead of nine.
No matter, as the Wizards raced past Erie 9-4 in the first game, slipped by Commerce City 5-4 in the second, but fell to Niwot 15-11 in the title game, which ended around midnight.
“It was definitely a challenge,” head coach Brian Tufts said. “Our strategy was to pitch everything away from the batters.”
To make things even more dicey, center fielder Haley Hillman was hit by a pitch at the end of the Commerce City game and developed a deep bruise in her left leg.
Hillman gutted it out and played because if she didn’t, the team would have had to forfeit the championship game.
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“It hurt to walk and I had to ice it,” Hillman said.
During the tournament, pitchers Meaghan Tufts and Rebecca Mikkelson rotated innings and kept opposing hitters off balance throughout the tournament. Tufts was able blow her 50 mph fastball past hitters while Mikkelson used her finesse to stymie her opponents.
“We just tried to play solid softball and defense,” Meaghan said.