State Softball

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Last weekend I covered the 2010 CHSAA State Softball tournament. In previous years I have had more schools than I have had time to cover over the 3 day tournament. This year was a little different. We only had 2 teams advance to state: Platte Canyon and Evergreen. Platte Canyon is 3A school and Evergreen is a 4A school in softball. That meant unfortunately that their games would be played at the same time at different complexes (AWESOME!!!). Needing coverage from both games, I would have to hustle between complexes to make sure we had enough content to fill the sports pages for 2 papers. If you have ever been to state softball, you know that the Aurora Sports Park is enormous and that there is the possibility of 12 games being played at once!

Both games started at 12:15. After watching Evergreen play during the season, I made the decision to start at their game and then make my way to the Platte Canyon game around the 4th inning. That is one advantage of being at a small town paper. You cover the same teams every week so you get to know how they play. My decision ended up paying off. Evergreen was eliminated in the first round. While covering Evergreen, I ran into the perpetual Colorado Springs Gazette intern, Brandon Iwamoto. Good luck with the job hunt. Anyway, on to the Platte Canyon game.

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Platte Canyon was winning 6-1 so I went back to finish the Evergreen Game. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good reaction shot from their loss. It was almost as if they were expecting it. I also missed the the play were pitcher Breeze Phillips was struck in the hand and left the game. You win some you lose some. I went back to the Platte Canyon game and I’m glad that I did. Somehow playing 7 innings of softball took almost 3 hours. Platte Canyon pulled their starting pitcher (who had a chronic hip injury) after being up by 10 runs and subsequently almost lost the game. They put their starting pitcher back in after their lead was cut down to just a couple of runs. Crazy. They advanced to the second round but I couldn’t make it to the game because I had run out of time. Really glad that I shot the second half of the first game. I needed to get from Saudi Aurora to Evergreen (almost an hour drive) for another assignment. These photos are just a highlight of images that I like from that day. More photos can be found at canyoncourier.com or hightimbertimes.com.

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

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