Denver girls beat Dike-New Hartford 3-1
By Sean Kiefer
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This was the last conference game of the season for the Denver softball team, and on top of that it was senior night for their lone senior, Marissa Stock.

Marissa has shown herself to be a leader and strong performer all five of her years playing softball. She will continue her softball career at Luther College. Congratulations and farewell, Marissa! It was a great way to end a season and high school career, with the Denver defense, and breaks on offense, helping the ladies win 3-1 against the Wolverines of Dike-New Hartford.

The Cyclones got things going early, scoring three runs in the first inning. Sami Gehrke scored the first run by stealing home, and Natalie Harberts drove in the other two runs with a double to shallow right field. This put the Cyclones up 3-0 heading into the later innings. The Cyclone defense, behind pitcher Jaden McMahon, kept the Wolverines contained, turning double plays and making great catches, and most were from Emily Herbst.

The Wolverines put their name on the board with a double from Jillian Bueter that brought in Abby Sohn, who had a double prior to that. The Cyclones and Wolverines continued to go back and forth until the top of the 7th inning, when the Wolverines showed a final surge. Whitney Wauters and Lydia Huntington both hit singles to put the tying runs on 1st and second with 2 outs. The Cyclones recorded the final out after a ground out to win the first game of the doubleheader 3-1.

In a post-game interview with Cyclone Varsity Head Coach Dani Gordon, she said, “Tonight, our defense worked and made plays for Jaden. We don’t expect Jaden to strikeout batters defensively because of our defense.”

On the season, she said, “At the beginning of the season, Jaden broke her pinky and was out for two weeks. This put us in a poor defensive position but it was nice to see our offense producing runs.” She added, “This young team has the most fight to them with the time I’ve been here. They’ve improved a lot over the season and will be exciting in the future.”

Special note and congratulations to Denver coaches Dani Gordon and Mara Forsythe in the building of a team: We have had the honor and privilege of watching you grow the 2019 Cyclone team and would like to note the bond, energy, vibe and teamwork that the team as a whole displays. Ladies, great job!
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