Mav softball team’s rally falls short vs. Winona

Colorado Mesa University’s softball team got within one run of Winona State on Saturday during the RMAC-Northern Sun Crossover in Pueblo, but the Warriors answered in the seventh for a 12-9 victory.

The Mavericks (2-1), were down 10-6 in the bottom of the sixth but responded with three runs. After Lauren Cross singled, Megan Smith homered to right-center and Courtney Maihi was hit by a pitch and stole second.

With two out, Brooke Ortale drove a single to right-center, scoring Maihi and cutting the lead to 10-9. The Mavericks stranded two, and Winona put up two big insurance runs in the seventh.

Molly Link doubled off Ashley Pulido, who came on in relief of Maihi in the fourth inning, and with one out, Kathy Crudo homered. Pulido got out of the inning but the Mavericks were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh.

Maihi went 2 for 3 with five RBI, including a grand slam in the third inning to give them a 5-4 lead. However, Winona scored five runs in the top of the fourth, all on home runs. Maihi gave up a two-run shot and was lifted, and with two out, Pulido gave up back-to-back home runs, a two-run home run and a solo.

Mesa wraps up the tournament at 10 this morning against Concordia-St.Paul.


Colorado Mesa’s Brock Martin was selected as the RMAC diver of the meet and the year Saturday after adding the 3-meter diving title to the 1-meter title he won earlier in the week at the RMAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Martin easily won the 3-meter title, scoring 563.05 points.

The Mavericks’ men’s team finished fourth with 563.5 points and the women placed third with 630 points. Incarnate Word won the men’s team title and Grand Canyon took the women’s team title.

Indoor Track

John Carlton won the men’s 600-meter run Friday night in the Colorado School of Mines Twilight Collegiate Open in Golden, the only title for the Mavericks.

Carlton broke the tape in 1 minute, 27.10 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of Eric Jukkala of Metro State.

The men’s 1,600 relay team placed second (3:35.93).

Whitney Rowe placed third in the women’s 60-meter dash (7.81 seconds), behind two Division I runners, including winner Shanetria Thomas of Colorado State (7.69). Katie Folven was third in the 200 meters (27.95), Shannon Emery third in the 1-mile run (5:29.40) and the women’s 1,600 relay team was third (4:18.52).


The Mavs’ Nordic ski team got a third-place finish from Brooke Bosman in the women’s 10-kilometer skate race in 40 minutes, 54 seconds, with Kacie McCleary finishing fifth.

In the men’s 10k skate, Tre Anastasia and Duncan Koehn tied for eighth, finishing in 36:18. Seven CMU Nordic skiers have qualified for nationals Marcy 6-10 in Maine.

Today, the skiers will compete in a 10-kilometer classic race.


Plateau Valley wrapped up the regular season with a 75-44 victory over De Beque and has a first-round bye in the Class 1A District 1 playoffs.

Teddy Grundy made 13 field goals and finished with 28 points for the Cowboys (14-4), Brett Hawkins added 15 points and Kyler Smith 11. Ethan Martin had 17 to lead De Beque.


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