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Chemeketa softball team picks up its first wins of the new season

BY MATT RAWLINGS

The Storm softball team had a rough start to the league season, losing its first four games.

But the Storm was able to bounce back on April 9 in a doubleheader against Lower Columbia.

Chemeketa won the first game by a 1-0 score and then took the second game, 11-3. Sophomore pitcher Jessica Hotaling pitched a complete-game, 2-hitter in Game 1.

Sophomore catcher Taylor Medley knocked in the only run in the top of the 7th inning to lead the Storm to victory.

“Their pitcher was pounding the outside corner my whole at-bat, and I was just able to drive one to the opposite field,” Medley said about her game winning hit.

Even with the victory, the Storm was a little frustrated with only scoring one run in the first game.

In Game 2, however, the Storm bats came alive.

“We knew that we were capable of more, and we just came out in Game 2 with a lot more confidence” Medley said.

In the first inning, freshman center fielder Susannah Sass started the game with a single. Freshman third baseman Janie Carr crushed a 2-run home run over the wall, giving the Storm an early 2-0 lead.

Lower Columbia struck back with a run in the bottom of the first and another in the bottom of the second to even the score.

But the Storm exploded in the top of the third with four runs off of four hits, highlighted by a 2-run home run by sophomore second baseman Destinee Chang.

Lower Columbia got another run in the bottom of the fourth, making the score 7-3, but Hotaling was able to limit the damage, pitching her second game of the day.

The Storm had another four-run inning in the top of the sixth, highlighted by another home run by Chang, this time, a 3-run blast.

Hotaling then was able to shut down the Lower Columbia threat in the bottom of the sixth, leading the Storm to the 8-run victory.

Chemeketa continued its win streak on Saturday with victories against Walla Walla and Columbia Basin in the Crossover Tournament in Skagit Valley, Washington.

The Storm’s next games are on Saturday when the team travels to Mt. Hood to play a doubleheader against the Saints.

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