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Softball: BHS turns tables, beats Ralston Valley

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ARVADA -- As the saying goes, what a difference a year makes.

Ralston Valley beat Brighton in the second game of the season in 2018. This year, Brighton returned the favor by a score of 7-6 on the Mustangs' field Aug. 22.

Angel Mollel's double drove home Sarah Tiffany to tie the score. Mollel rode home on Alexi Apodaca's sacrifice fly.

"It was amazing," Mollel said. "It shows the kind of fight that this team is willing to go through. I don't know what else to say. It's so amazing."

Mollel said she anticipated a change-up.

"You could tell her fast balls were kind of rough. I just waited for it," she said. "My coaches have always told me to time it. I timed it. That's what happened. I don't know what else to say."

Ashley West tied the score in the fifth inning for the Mustangs with a three-run home run. Jaiden Geist added an RBI single in the last of the sixth to give RVHS a 6-5 lead and to set the stage for BHS' comeback win.

"A win's a win," BHS coach Marty Stricklett said. "That was a good team victory. The team came back and responded in the seventh inning. They did what we asked them to do. We're going to go through a lot of hard times."

BHS improved to 2-0, 1-0 in the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference. RVHS fell to 0-2.

"The way we won meant more to us," Stricklett said. "To see a team win a ballgame -- not individual efforts -- to see the team do it. We gave up way too many hits that were deep. We have a lot of work ahead of us."

Mollel reached base all four times at bat.

"It's a really big win," she said. "Now that we have shown that fight, we can go higher. It shows we're willing to right to the end."

"We're going to learn from our mistakes and get better," Stricklett said. "We've got some growing pains. We have seven seniors, and all of them are contributing. They want to go out get what's theirs and do something special in their senior year."