ERIE, Colo. — Fairland went 4-2 — and was just four runs away from having a perfect weekend — at the 19th annual Erie Tournament of Champions.
The Lady Owls played all Colorado competition, beating Fruita Monument, 13-7, and Highland Ranch, 8-7 on Friday, Aug. 30, and Berthoud, 8-5, and Discovery Canyon, 16-8 in action Saturday, Aug. 31.
The losses were 4-2 against Chatfield and 2-0 to Pueblo South.
“We were in those two games we lost. It could have gone either way,” Fairland coach Chad Ross said. “It was a good weekend for sure. We saw some really good teams out there that will prepare us for the playoffs.
“Any time you can get six games in two days is a plus. It was a great experience for the girls and we had a good time.”
Pueblo South got both of its runs in the fifth inning.
The Lady Owls left six runners stranded and runners at second and third in the second
Kinley Powell, Savannah Hutchison, Madison Stotts and Scout Mayfield accounted for Fairland’s only hits in the game.
Chatfield 4, Fairland 2
Then in the loss to Chatfield, Fairland forged a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth.
But the Lady Chargers — 10-0 and the No. 1 ranked Class 5A team in Colorado — got the deciding runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Morgan Morrell then a passed ball that let her score.
Kyndall Davis had a triple and single for the Lady Owls.
Hutchison and Erica Schertz had doubles and Alexis Boyd added a single.
Fairland 13, Fruita Monument 7
Six runs in the fifth inning helped Fairland take charge. It had scored three times in the third and four in the following inning.
Fruita made things interesting by scoring three times in its final at-bat, the sixth.
Davis belted two home runs for the Lady Owls, a solo shot in the third, then she added a three-run homer in the third
Hutchison had a homer, triple and single.
Schertz, Grace Goins, Makynzi Jones and Kinley Powell all had singles.
Fairland 8, Highlands Ranch 7
The Lady Owls pushed across what turned out to be the game winner in the fifth on a passed ball.
Highlands Ranch scored five times in the bottom of the sixth and left the tying run at first when Schertz got a grounder to first.
The Fairland offense included a double and single from Schertz, two singles from Goins and singles from Davis and Powell.
Fairland 8, Berthoud 5
A five-run fifth got the Lady Owls over the top.
Hutchison contributed three singles, Goins chipped in with a pair of doubles and Schertz finished with two singles.
Others with hits for Fairland were Powell, a double, and Davis and Stotts, a single each.
Fairland 16, Discovery Canyon 8
A 12-run fifth turned the game into a runaway.
Seventeen batters went to the plate and included eight hits, three errors, a hit batter and a walk
Three players had multiple hits for Fairland: Hutchison, two doubles and two singles, and Schertz and Davis, two singles each.
Goins doubled and Powell, McGranahan, Stotts, Boyd and Scout Mayfield all added base hits.
Hutchison and Schertz each drove in three runs.