Shadle Park Triumphs On Stockman’s Shutout
Greater Spokane League softball opened Thursday with three routs and one nail-biter.
At Shadle Park, Rachelle Stockman pitched a three-hitter to help the Highlanders defeat visiting Rogers 1-0.
Stockman struck out eight. Jamie Merrill of the Pirates struck out six, walked none and allowed two hits. One of the hits, Erin Rice’s triple in the sixth, led to the end of the scoreless duel when Dorthea Gooch followed with a sacrifice fly to center field.
In other openers, Cheryl Andrizzi escaped a shaky first inning to pitch defending champion University to a 12-2 win over visiting Gonzaga Prep.
Andrizzi went 3 for 3, with two runs scored and two runs batted in. U-Hi’s Megan Mertens, also 3 for 3, added four RBIs. In Prep’s first, Brooke Egger and Theresa Palmer had back-to-back, two-out singles and scored on Daria Toth’s single.
At Mead, winning pitcher Shata Stucky, Janessa Karstens and Ambre Miller each went 2 for 3 to lead the defending district champion Panthers past visiting North Central 12-0.
Stucky struck out eight and allowed two hits. Karstens transferred this year from NC.
At Central Valley, Kristen Hewett’s three-run homer in the first inning and Jen Shields’ bases-clearing double in the fifth - both with two outs - led the Bears over visiting Lewis and Clark 14-3.
Dawn Stangland added three RBIs and Tori Mills struck out seven for CV, a state-tourney representative last year. LC’s Abby Hamre had an RBI single in the third inning.
Raymond Hanson and Gary Edwards scored just before the end of the first half, and Hanson added an insurance goal as visiting East Valley (3-0-0) beat Clarkston 3-1 to break from a three-way pack atop the Frontier League.
Cheney and West Valley, both 2-0-0, were idle. D.J. Norland scored for the host Bantams (0-3-0).
Andy Potter planted the seed and Tim Moering brought in the crop.
Potter (1-0) and Moering combined to no-hit Lewis and Clark in Lake City’s 7-0 non-league baseball decision at Coeur d’Alene.
Potter, who pitched the first four innings, and Moering combined to strike out 12 and walk two. Sean Moglia of the Timberwolves (3-0) drove in two runs.
No-hit fever was in the air, as Matt Hanson and Trent Duffey of St. Maries combined to shut down opposing batters in a 20-1, five-inning non-league win at Potlatch.