North Idaho softball wins opener at Region 18 tourney


Hayden Fields drove in five runs with a fourth-inning double and a sixth-inning homer Wednesday as North Idaho College opened the Region 18 softball tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho, with a 10-6 win over Western Nevada (12-44).

Fields’ two-run double to right-center gave the Cardinals a 7-4 lead. She capped NIC’s scoring with a two-out, three-run homer to left.

The Cardinals took a 5-4 lead with a three-run third that started with Madison Anthony’s leadoff homer. Anthony finished 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs.

Third-seeded NIC (36-20) will meet second-seeded Salt Lake (34-19) this afternoon in the double-elimination tourney.


Brett Neighbors’ two-out, two-run double in the ninth gave Community Colleges of Spokane (21-17, 13-13 NWAACC) a 9-8 win and a doubleheader sweep over Yakima Valley (24-16, 16-10) at Spokane Falls CC.

CCS won the opener 9-1 as Colton Loomis pitched a complete-game four-hitter and Daniel Rowton and Brandon Witherspoon homered.

The Sasquatch will close the regular season Saturday with a doubleheader at Walla Walla.

Track and field

Junior Joe Green and sophomore Dakota Kliamovich set Whitworth school records during the Sasquatch Carnival at Spokane Falls Community College.

Green won the men’s pole vault by clearing 16 feet, 2 3/4 inches, the third-best height in Division III this season. Kliamovich broke her school record in the women’s hammer throw with a winning distance of 178-6, the sixth-best throw in Division III this season.

Women’s golf

Gonzaga junior Alice Kim was named the West Coast Conference player of the month after collecting two victories during April.

Kim won The Gold Rush Invitational at Yorba Linda, California, on April 8 and the WCC Championships in Bremerton on April 16.

GU opens NCAA regional play today in Cle Elum, Washington.

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