LONGMONT — Amy Krause benefited from a sturdy defense and an offense that turned it on late as Berthoud recorded its third shutout of the season Tuesday, 11-0 at Skyline.
Krause scattered seven hits over seven innings, walked five and struck out four, but it was the play of Berthoud’s defense in the middle innings and the Lady Spartans (3-1) ability to get some timely hitting in the latter innings that held Skyline at bay.
Berthoud led 3-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, when the host Lady Falcons loaded the bases with no outs. But after back-to-back outs, Skyline pitcher Sarah Wagner flew out to left field to end the threat. The Lady Spartans added a run in the fifth on Morgan Thonhoff’s inside-the-park home run before Skyline loaded the bases again, this time with two outs. Yet, once again, Krause got out of the inning without surrendering a run.
“Defensively, we were playing well. On offense, they were a little slow coming out of the gate but we talked to them about what they were doing,” Berthoud head coach Dick Klocek said.
Berthoud scored four runs in the sixth and capped the scoring with Lindsey Loberg’s three-run homer in the seventh.
It was good timing for Berthoud’s bats to come alive, Klocek said, with Northern Conference foe Niwot coming to town today.
The pitching hasn’t been too shabby, either. Since a 12-3 loss at Broomfield last Thursday, Berthoud has recorded 14 shutout innings, including Victoria Puchino’s 5-0 victory over Sterling on Saturday.
BERTHOUD 11, SKYLINE 0
BERTHOUD 010 214 3 — 11-10-0
SKYLINE 000 000 0 — 0-7-5
W — Amy Krause (2-1); L — Sarah Wagner
Berthoud’s top hitters: Victoria Puchino 2-4, 2 3B; Lindsey Loberg 3-3, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI; Morgan Thonhoff 1-4, HR, R, RBI
GOLF: Hansen, Spartans Finish in Middle of Pack
WINDSOR — Nils Hansen shot a team-best 78 and Berthoud finished 18th out of 29 schools at the Roosevelt Invitational on Monday at Highland Meadows Golf Course.
The Spartans placed fifth among Northern Conference schools, finishing behind Sterling, Silver Creek, Northridge and Windsor. Roosevelt and Frederick followed behind.
Jesse Sommers’ 87, a season-best, placed him second among Spartan golfers. Luke Whitfield followed with an 88. Nick Monchak shot a 91 and Seth Vanderlinden fired a 109.
Monday, Highland Meadows Golf Course, WindsorTeam scores — Greeley West 225, Sterling 225, Mountain Range 225, Silver Creek 226, Eaton 228, Fossil Ridge 232, Erie 233, Northridge 233, Niwot 234, Estes Park 240, Longmont 242, Loveland 242, Fort Morgan 243, Mountain View 245, Windsor 246, Limon 248, Brush 249, Berthoud 253, Burlington 256, Broomfield 266, Greeley Central 270, Northglenn 274, Frederick 277, Roosevelt (B) 281, Brighton 283, Roosevelt (A) 284, Evergreen 286, Skyline 288, Hinkley 342.
Top 3 medalists, plus ties — David Oraee, Greeley West, 66; Jared Mannet, Longmont, 72; Blake Bara, Sterling 72; Dillon Wonnacott, Silver Creek, 72
Berthoud scorers — Nils Hansen 78, Jesse Sommers 87, Luke Whitfield 88, Nick Monchak 91, Seth Vanderlinden 109