Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven, eight, nine. That’s how the joke goes, but on Sept. 13 the joke could have gone more like this — why were the Lady Rebels afraid of batters six, seven and eight? Because each of them homered to help Chatfield shut out host Columbine 7-0.
The numbers tell the story. Jersey numbers six, seven and eight each homered. No. 6 played batted in the seven hole, while No. 7 was in the six hole and the end score was 7-0. Eerie? Just a little.
Sophomore shortstop Maddie Fischer (No. 6), senior left fielder Carlie Sexton (No. 7) and junior catcher Kaitlyn Saunders (No. 8) were the big hitters for Chatfield (8-4-1, 2-1 5A Jeffco League), each acing the ball out of the park. They all played their part to keep Columbine off the scoreboard.
The Lady Chargers kept Columbine from coming anywhere near home plate on the few occasions they did allow a runner on base, which wasn’t often.
Chatfield senior pitcher Becca Mintz pitched all seven innings, throwing 67 pitches, which included six strikeouts. She worked well with Saunders, who received seven total chances, with six putouts and an assist.
The hits that the Lady Rebels did manage were either dribblers or went straight into the glove of the attentive Chatfield outfielders, such as Fischer.
Fischer made the score 6-0 with her first career home run off of Columbine sophomore pitcher Jessica Gilliam in the fourth inning with nobody on.
“Deep down inside I was (screaming for joy),” said Fischer, who was very calm after her solo homer.
The final run was the last over-the-fence home run early in the sixth inning by Saunders just before Columbine (7-6, 2-1) brought in relief pitcher sophomore Maddie Reuter, who kept Chatfield at bay for the rest of the game.
“Bottom line, sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other team and this is one of those games. We gave up a couple of cheap runs early in the game, but it doesn’t matter when you don’t score at all in a game. You gotta score to win and (we) didn’t,” Columbine head coach Robin Ortiz said.