“I thought we outplayed them,” he said. “They ended up with only two base runners the whole game, and our defense did an outstanding job. We just didn’t get that timely hit to get someone across.”
At Regionals, the team took second place, Bollinger said. In their first game against Conifer, the Indians were down 9-5 in the last inning, and came back to win 10-9. In their second game, they were down 11-8, but came back to win 12-11, he said.
“That’s kind of the way the team has been all year long,” he said. “They never quit, no matter what the score is.”
Three seniors were on the team this year, he said; catcher Mae Haulman, second base Samantha Jole, and center fielder Brianna Frigetto all made valuable contributions to the team.
“They are all outstanding players, and also outstanding people,” he said. “They really contributed to the team, and we’re going to miss them next year.”
But next year looks “really good,” Bollinger said, because he has quality players ready to step in and fill their shoes.
“We expect to go to State again next year, and expect to win again, as we move deeper into the tournament,” he said.
In regional competition, the top 32 teams from 4A schools compete, and the top 16 go to State.
“We were ranked 15, and Pueblo South was the no. 2 ranked team,” Bollinger said. “We made a good showing, represented ourselves well, and I think we put quite a scare into Pueblo South.”
Bollinger said pitcher Lara Ammerman, a junior, pitched “a phenomenal game” against Pueblo South.
“She threw a one-hitter, and that one hit was the only ball allowed into the outfield,” he said.
All four of the team’s pitchers did well, Bollinger said, as did the defense and offense, and the stats show the “strongest numbers” in the history of the school.
“We ended up with a .349 batting average, the highest in Montrose’s history, and I am really proud to see that come up,” said the coach.