AURORA | The first victory of the 2014 season wasn’t exactly a walk in the park for the Regis Jesuit softball team, but plenty of walking was involved.
Trailing Rangeview 5-1 through three innings of Wednesday’s non-league contest, coach Charlie Williams’ team figured out its best offense involved keeping the bats on their shoulders.
By the time it was over, Regis Jesuit had drawn a whopping 17 walks that combined with just six hits to produce 16 runs for a 16-6 road victory in six innings over Rangeview. Alex Suellentrop had two hits and scored three times, Taylor Bush drove in a pair of runs and freshman pitcher Erin Pendleton racked up 14 strikeouts to help Williams’ team bounce back from an 8-6 loss to Arapahoe two days earlier to even its record at 1-1.
Rangeview dropped its season-opener despite the midseason offensive form of junior shortstop Angela Cordova, who crushed a pair of home runs and drove in three runs.
Cordova’s two-run line drive over the left field fence off Pendleton pushed Rangeview in front 2-1 after one inning and Melanie Flynn’s two-run single — which plated Cordova after an intentional walk — gave Bob Bushman’s club a four-run lead.
The floodgates opened, very slowly, in the top of the fourth inning for Regis Jesuit against Rangeview starter Natalie Provancal, who couldn’t find the strike zone after walking just two batters in the first three innings. Regis Jesuit drew six walks in the inning, including one by leadoff hitter Giana DeVito to force in a run, while Suellentrop drove in a run with a single and Bush capped a five-run rally with an RBI groundout.
Regis Jesuit built on its new-found 6-5 lead with six runs in the fifth inning, a rally fueled by seven walks and a hit batter, while two more walks and a hit by pitch made up part of a four-run sixth inning. Junior catcher Frances Butsch doubled and scored on freshman Erin Templeton’s two-out single to give Regis Jesuit the 10-run cushion it needed to end the game early by the mercy rule.
On the other side, Pendleton — who pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief in Regis Jesuit’s opener — settled in during her first varsity start as she struck out the side in both the second and third innings, then racked up two more in each of the final three innings. She surrendered a long solo blast over the center field fence to Cordova in the fifth inning, but Flynn with her second hit of the day was the only other Rangeview player to advance as far as second base.
Cordova — a Texas Tech commitment — homered in Rangeview’s opening game for the second straight season as she also clubbed a three-run shot in her 2013 debut against Denver East, while leadoff hitter Leslie French singled twice and scored a pair of runs for Bushman’s club.
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REGIS JESUIT 16, RANGEVIEW 6 (6 inn.)
Score by innings:
Regis Jesuit 100 564 — 16 6 0
Rangeview 203 010 — 6 7 4
REGIS JESUIT (ab-r-h-rbi)
Giana DeVito cf 2-3-0-1, Alex Suellentrop 2b 3-3-2-1, Taylor Bush rf 3-2-1-2, Erin Pendleton p 2-1-1-1, Frances Butsch c 3-2-1-1, Erin Templeton ss 3-1-1-2, Rachel Dermer dp 4-1-0-0, Courtney Haag 3b 1-2-0-0, Katie Templeton lf 2-1-0-1, Sarah Weber flex 0-0-0-0. Totals 23-16-6-8. Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Erin Templeton (W, 6-7-6-6-2-14)
Leslie French cf 4-2-2-0, Kaylee Adams 2b 3-1-1-0, K. Taylor rf 3-0-0-0, Angela Cordova ss 2-3-2-3, Melanie Flynn c 2-0-2-2, Ryneika Knight 3b 2-0-0-0, Katie Russell ph 0-0-0-0, Rachel Adkins 1b 3-0-0-0, Alyssa Tejada lf 3-0-0-0, Natalie Provencal p 3-0-0-0. Totals 25-6-7-5. Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Natalie Provancal (L, 5-6-13-11-12-0), G. Machnzez (1-0-3-3-5-0).
2B — Regis Jesuit: Frances Butsch; HR — Rangeview: Angela Cordova 2 (1 on in 1st, solo in 5th).