CC Softball: Lady Blazers Go 3-1 Over Weekend
WEST REGION: Centralia Splits With Chemeketa, Sweeps Lower Columbia in Two Twinbills
Centralia squeezed past Chemeketa in Saturday’s opener, fell in the nightcap and then took a pair of games from Lower Columbia on Sunday in a weekend of NWAC West Region softball action.
Jessica Glacken pitched the Lady Blazers to a 2-1 win on Saturday, striking out nine and issuing two walks with eight hits and just one run.
Erika Potter and Mikayla Deffenbaugh both doubled for Centralia, and Keeley-Shea Salazar and Paige Ideue each drove in runs — with Ideue notching three hits — in the win.
The Storm, however, rallied in Game 2, with 13 hits, including a home run from Shelby Bucheit.
Potter went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs for Centralia, and Aubri Jimenez homered and drove in two runs in the 6-5 loss.
Sunday’s doubleheader — which had been postponed due to weather nearly a half-dozen times since its original schedule date almost a month earlier — started with an 8-3 win by Centralia. Glacken got the win, working all seven innings and holding the Red Devils to five hits with three walks, four strikeouts and two earned runs.
Potter went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs, Mackenzie Olson was 2 for 2 with an RBI and Nariah Morgan went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs.
Morton-White Pass product Taylor Brooks was the pitcher of record for Lower Columbia, striking out five in six innings of work.
Centralia notched 12 hits in the late game for a 6-5 win, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to win in walk-off fashion.
Joni Lancaster led off the seventh with a single, Potter drew a walk, and Morgan singled to score Lancaster. Mikayla Kanawer then singled to drive in Potter and bring the game to a close.
Olson got the win in the circle, striking out two without allowing a walk.
Potter finished 3 for 3 with a home run, a double and two RBIs, Olson went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, and Morgan was 2 for 4.
Adna product Shanay Dotson went 1 for 3 for the Red Devils.
Centralia improved to 17-11 and 15-8 in league play with the weekend’s results. The Lady Blazers are currently third in the West Region standings and play at Clackamas on Tuesday.