The first six batters in the Community Colleges of Spokane lineup combined for 17 hits Friday as the Sasquatch opened the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges softball tournament at Portland with an 11-3 victory over Mt. Hood.
Spokane defeated Lower Columbia 6-5 in its second game and will play either Clackamas or Southwest Oregon this morning.
In the first game, Marci Meddock was 4 for 4 with a double, a triple and five RBIs for the Sasquatch and Shannon Zahrowski was 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Holly Vanwert pitched a four-hitter, improving her record to 14-3.
Traci Moore doubled in Stephanie Shelton from first base in the sixth to give Spokane its 6-5 lead in Game 2.
Another key play came from Peggy Palmer, who turned a double play in the seventh inning by catching a line drive that ricocheted off pitcher Moore’s leg, then throwing to first to double up a runner. Moore’s record is 10-2.
CC Spokane 11, Mt. Hood 3
Mt. Hood 201 00 - 3 4 1
CC Spokane 430 13 - 11 17 1
One out when game was called.
Nations and Richardson; Vanwert and McGowan. W-Vanwert (14-3). L-Nations.
HITS: Mt. Hood CC-Younglove, Ogawa, Nations, Richardson. CC Spokane-Shelton 2, Moore 2, Zahrowski 3, Kinder 3, Armitage 3, Meddock 4. 2B-Moore, Meddock, Nations. 3B-Zahrowski 2, Kinder, Meddock, Ogawa.
CC Spokane 6, Lower Columbia 5
CC Spokane 400 101 0 - 6 11 1
L. Columbia 220 100 0 - 5 10 1
Moore and McGowan; Galbarry, Carrol (6) and Schultz. W-Moore (10-2). L-Galbarry.
HITS: CC SpokaneShelton, Moore, Kinder 2, Armitage, Meddock 2, Cossette, Spredwick 2, Palmer. Lower Columbia-McDonald, Short, Solinger 3, Johnson, Schultz, Berg, Giles 2. 2B-Moore, Solinger, Schultz. HR-Johnson (4).
Forrest Higgins allowed 12 hits but a respectable five runs in pitching Community Colleges of Spokane to a 12-5 NWAACC victory over visiting Wenatchee.
Chad Kline was 3 for 6 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Sasquatch.
CCS 12, Wenatchee 5
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CCS 020 042 13x - 12 13 1
Christoph, Sparks (6) and Walsh, Goins (7); Higgins and Hare. W-Higgins. L-Christoph.
HITS: Wenatchee-Mitchell, Iiano, Merril 2, Mollett 2, Sebesta, Lafferty, Kinnear, Walsh, Goins 2; CCSHare, Flohr 2, Davis, Kline 3, Jackson, Penny, Crandall 2, McConnville 2. 2B-Mitchell, Mollett, Lafferty, Walsh, Flohr 2, Penny. 3B-Merril, Kline.
Washington 13, Stanford 8
At Stanford, Calif., the Huskies evened the best-of-3 Pac-10 championship series at a game apiece.
Washington needed only eight hits to score its 13 runs. By comparison, Stanford had 15 hits but left more runners on base, including two in the eighth when Huskies right-fielder Chris Magruder ended the inning by making a running catch at the fence.
In Thursday’s late game, Jon Schaeffer’s two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning led No. 5 Stanford to a 7-6 victory.
The winner of Game 3 today wins the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament regionals.