Aurora, Colorado – Sportswomen of Colorado, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and empowering female athletes, joined the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) at the Softball State Championships at Aurora Sports Park to present the prestigious “Player of the Game” award to the most outstanding player during the championship game in the 3A, 4A, and 5A divisions.
3A Division: Sadie Ross – Eaton High School
In the 3A category, the spotlight shone brightly on senior, Sadie Ross, who led Eaton High School to their third state championship in four years after defeating Thomas Jefferson. Ross’s performance in the championship game was nothing short of extraordinary as she pitched a nearly perfect game allowing zero hits and no runs and struck out seven batters. Ross will continue her softball career next year at Baylor University.
4A Division: Hailey Maestretti – Lutheran
In the highly competitive 4A division, Hailey Maestretti, a two-time Sportswomen of Colorado softball honoree, finished the game with eleven strikeouts as her Lutheran team beat Riverdale Ridge 6-1 to win their third straight state championship. After starting the season with a broken arm, the University of Utah bound Maestretti battled back to be able to lead her team to the win.
5A Division: Karlie Cooledge – Chatfield High School
In the 5A division, it was Senior Karlie Cooledge of Chatfield who stood out as the “Player of the Game.” Cooledge held Erie High School to just three runs and struck out seven batters as the Chargers won their first state softball title in 26 years. Cooledge also had a great day at the plate as she had two hits in four at bats and drove in four runs.
Sportswomen of Colorado is dedicated to promoting, honoring, and empowering Colorado girls and women in sport. The awards ceremony held at the CHSAA Softball State Championships served as a powerful reminder that female athletes in Colorado are setting the bar high and achieving excellence in sports.