Tough test

Two teams in front of Mesa come to Bergman for weekend

Colorado Mesa softball coach Candace Abrams gives her players some instruction Thursday after practice. The Mavs host CSU-Pueblo and Colorado Christian this weekend at Bergman Field, an important series because both teams are in front of Mesa in the RMAC standings.

Colorado Mesa’s softball team has done just enough so far this season.

The Mavericks haven’t won more than three consecutive games at any time, but they remain in the race for a top seed for the RMAC tournament.

This weekend, Mesa could move up in the pecking order.

The Mavericks (18-11-1, 16-7-1 RMAC) host CSU-Pueblo (23-9, 20-7 RMAC) and Colorado Christian (18-16, 14-6 RMAC) in a pod this weekend at Bergman Field. Each team will play one game against the others on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.

It is also alumni weekend and Saturday is the annual Swing for Life fundraiser.

Former Mesa softball player and Swing for Life founder, Kathy Howa, will be in town to auction off items to raise money for breast cancer research. The Mavericks will wear pink jerseys, which will be auctioned off after Saturday’s games.

“It’s definitely fun to play two teams ahead of you in the same weekend,” CMU coach Candace Abrams said. “It’s going to be a very emotionally and mentally competitive game. I would love to take four. The competition is going to be there. If we come out ready to play, it’s going to be a great weekend of softball.

“As far as the tournament, if we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll be in good shape going into RMAC in May.”

Colorado Mines (29-4-1, 20-2 RMAC) is in first place in the conference. The Orediggers have a 2½-game lead on CSU-Pueblo for first place with three weekends left. If they hold on to the lead, they will host the RMAC tournament May 4-6 in Golden.

“Somebody could just get hot, so anything is possible,” Abrams said. “It’s about the team that gets hot and keeps that consistency going. That’s what we’re striving for. Thankfully, we haven’t played our best game yet. It’s good to know we haven’t peaked yet.

“With this many teams in conference and knowing you’re going to have a conference tournament, you have to work toward that and try to get better every day. If we can get a little edge, that’s where an advantage will come in.”

CSU-Pueblo is looking to stay within striking distance of Mines by the final weekend of the regular season when the ThunderWolves get a shot at Mines and first place.

The ThunderWolves, with a history of successful hitting, are second in the RMAC with a .331 average. Sophomore second baseman Alexa Snyder is hitting .394. Senior pitcher Justine Bosio leads CSU-Pueblo with 12 of the team’s 27 home runs and 46 RBI.

Colorado Christian is hitting .294 as a team, led by All-American Hannah Rapport. The junior pitcher/outfielder is hitting .433 with 11 doubles and 15 RBI.

“Both teams swing the bat a little bit,” Abrams said. “Pueblo has a couple kids that can really swing the bat. This is a hitting conference. I quickly learned that. Both teams have multiple home runs on both sides. Pueblo is probably a little bit more of a big-ball hitter.”


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