LAKEWOOD — Chatfield softball coach Jen Lazzeri is handing out bubble gum like it is going out of style this season. “Anytime they get to third base,” Lazzeri said of the new Charger tradition …
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LAKEWOOD — Chatfield softball coach Jen Lazzeri is handing out bubble gum like it is going out of style this season.
“Anytime they get to third base,” Lazzeri said of the new Charger tradition this season. “I passed out a lot of gum today. We are just having a lot of fun together.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Chatfield improved to 11-0, cruising to a 13-1 victory in four innings on the road against Green Mountain (6-2 record).
Chatfield was unranked in the Class 5A CHSAANow.com preseason poll. However, after a 11-0 start the Chargers grabbed the No. 1 slot in the rankings.
The Rams actually entered the 4A rankings after a strong 6-0 start to the season.
“I knew we had talent. They are kind of bringing it all together,” Lazzeri said after the Chargers pounded out 15 hits in just four innings against the Rams. “They are playing with confidence. They have great connectivity which is something you really can’t coach. Talking about them I get goosebumps. It’s something special.”
Sophomores Kailey Horton and Abby Washco provided the pop from the plate early on for the Chargers. Horton belted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. Washco ripped a solo home run in the second inning to give Chatfield a 4-0 lead.
Chatfield took an 11-0 lead thanks to a seven-run top of the third inning. The Chargers peppered Green Mountain starting pitcher Mattigan Aga for five singles and a double by junior Courtney Bidwell capped off Chatfield sending 11 batters to the plate.
The Rams also committed a trio of errors that added the Chargers in extending their lead to double-digits.
“That was a little unusual for us,” Green Mountain coach Mitchell Behm said of the three-error third inning. “We’ve been fielding pretty clean. The girls were nervous before the game and that showed up on our fielding in the game for sure.”
Junior Isabelle DiNapoli picked up the win in the circle for the Chargers. The only batter DiNapoli couldn’t get out was Green Mountain’s Jordan Elmer. The senior went 2-for-2 from the plate, including an RBI double to score the Rams’ lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
“I have a lot of confidence because we are scoring so many runs,” said DiNapoli, who has an ERA under 1.00 this season.
Green Mountain suffered its second loss of the season on Thursday, Sept. 5. Conifer took a 14-6 victory on the Rams’ home field.
“I told the girls after the game that this is probably the best thing that could have happened to us because what is ahead of us,” Behm said of the Rams’ first loss of the season.
Behm does believe the Rams can make some noise in the tough 4A Jeffco League that features No. 3 Golden and No. 4 Wheat Ridge.
“I think we have a great chance at it,” Behm said of Green Mountain breaking into the top-tier of team in 4A Jeffco. “We are playing with a lot of heart right now and I think this team likes being the underdog.”
Dennis Pleuss is a media specialist f
or Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com
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