LONGMONT — Angela Gilbreath stole Silver Creek’s offense Thursday.
Gilbreath made six putouts from her position at shortstop in the 5-0 Skyline win.
Her quick throw stole two base hits from Falcons leadoff hitter Kristine Hoyt, and excellent reflexes allowed her to grab a sharply hit line drive off the bat of Denise Yo-
gerst to end the game.
“She’s dynamite,” Skyline coach Jim Gerk said. “She’s an all-state player. She doesn’t get a lot of notice because
she’s only a sophomore, but she hardly makes any errors.”
The Falcons (10-6, 8-5 Class 4A Northern Conference) did not make an error in the game and kept Silver Creek (5-12, 3-10 Northern) to two hits. The infield played like an instruction video, and the outfield covered every ball when it got a chance.
“We always have to take it up one step to make up for the offense,” Gilbreath said. “We practice pretty hard, and we know what we’re supposed to do.”
Running gave Skyline the scoring advantage in the game. The Falcons turned four hits into a five-run win by giving Silver Creek the opportunity to make throwing and catching errors.
Pitcher Dianna Buckett had 10 strikeouts and allowed one earned run before leaving the game with one out in the seventh inning with a cut on her pitching hand. Silver Creek errors and Skyline stolen bases accounted for the remainder of the runs, including a three-run first inning for the Falcons.
“It’s always the same thing,” Silver Creek coach Tom Buckett said. “Dianna pitches well enough to win, we don’t play defense well behind her, and we can’t hit the ball.”
Gilbreath started the scoring for the Falcons. She got on base with a bunt single and scored on a double by Kristine Schmidt.
Schmidt stole third base and scored on an errant throw by catcher Yogerst.
Chelsea Stuvel, who was hit by a pitch to reach first, stole second base and made it home when the ball flew into the outfield on that steal.
“We could be better, but I’m taking it as it goes,” Gerk said. “If we’re able to get those girls on base, we can move them, and we did that today.”
Silver Creek had one scoring opportunity. Shannon Whitmore started the second inning with a double for the Falcons and reached third base on the next play. She paused trying to score on a play at first base and was caught in a rundown to end the inning.
“I told her to go, and she didn’t trust me,” Tom Buckett said. “She panicked. It’s the kind of thing that unfortunately continues to plague us.”
While Silver Creek is trying to put together the pieces, Skyline is just trying to find the last offensive piece to fill in the puzzle.
“You can see the way we’ve been struggling hitting,” Gerk said. “Defensively, we can play with anybody.”