AURORA — The Rocky Ford High School softball team opened the Class 3A State Tournament by defeating Limon 14-7. However, the Lady Meloneers could not make it two straight wins as they lost to second-seeded Eaton 12-1 Friday at the Aurora Sports Park.

Rocky Ford 14, Limon 7

The Lady Badgers scored a run in each of the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead. Rocky tied the score in the top of the fifth inning, but Limon regained the lead with two runs in its half of the inning.

The Lady Meloneers blew the game open by scoring seven runs in the sixth. Limon closed to within 10-7 in the top of the sixth. Rocky scored four times in the bottom of the sixth with the highlight being a three-run home run by Lexi Fernandez.

Sadie Brewer went the distance as the Lady Meloneers' pitcher and she earned the win. She allowed seven runs and 12 hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

The Lady Meloneers had 12 hits and they were led by Ciarra Huckaby, who went 3-4, and Kelly Long, who went 3-5 with two doubles. Fernandez went 2-4 with a home run and three RBIs snd Baylie Kruger went 2-5 with one RBI.

Eaton 12, Rocky Ford 1

Neither team scored in the first inning, but the Lady Reds took the lead with five runs in the bottom of the second. They added another run in the third to push the lead to 6-0.

The Lady Meloneers scored their only run in the top of the fifth as Chantae Rodriguez singled home Abby McElroy.

Eaton scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule. Remington Ross' two-run homer ended the game.

Abby McElroy was the starting pitcher and she was dealt the loss. Brewer relieved McElroy in the third, but McElroy returned to the circle in the fifth.

McElroy gave up seven runs and five hits with no strikeouts and three walks. Brewer surrendered five runs and six hits and she struck out one and walked none.

The Lady Meloneers had only three hits — singles by Ally Bartholomew and Rodriguez and a double by Fernandez.

Rocky Ford's final record was 18 wins and eight losses.

Rocky Ford 14, Limon 7

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Limon 111 022 0 — 7 12 2

Brewer (W) and Huckaby. Jaklich (L), Houghton (6), Jaklich (7) and Owens. HR — RF: Fernandez (7th inn., 1 on, 1 out).

Eaton 12, Rocky Ford 1

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A. McElroy (L), Brewer (3), A. McElroy (5) and Huckaby. Frink (W) and Brandly. HR — E: Ross (5th inn., 1 on, 1 out).