Softball season ends with back-to-back home losses
By Emily Sisk
The final games of the season were a disappointment.
Chemeketa’s softball team played Mt. Hood Community College at Wallace Marine Park this past week. The first game ended in an 11-2 loss, while the second was closer but still resulted in an 8-6 loss.
The opener started evenly, with Mt. Hood scoring a run in the first inning and the Storm answering with a lead-off solo homerun from sophomore Allie Anderegg in the second.
The game started to slip away from Chemeketa in the third inning. Mt. Hood’s three hits led to four runs, and the Storm was unable to respond.
Neither team crossed home in the next two innings.
In the sixth, Mt. Hood’s offense exploded, producing seven hits and seven runs off of sophomore pitcher Kadi Milton, who until then was a commanding presence on the mound.
A solo homer from freshman Rayne Sylvester ended the game.
The Storm was held to three hits in the opener and gave up 15 hits. The scoreline could have been worse; Mt. Hood left six runners on base.
When the second game started, it looked as if it would be another tough outing for the Storm. Freshman pitcher Lindsay Hill walked the first batter, and she eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Chemeketa’s offense came alive in the bottom of the first. Sylvester hit her second home run in as many innings played, this time bringing sophomore Taylor Terry around the bases with her.
The Storm led for the first time in the series.
The Saints came back swinging in the top of the third, producing two-homer and five runs in all, helped by two walks.
The Storm put up a run in the bottom of the inning when Sylvester was brought home by freshman Taylor Castro’s double, but Chemeketa still trailed 6-3.
A lead-off walk proved costly again in the top of the fourth, resulting in another Mt. Hood run.
The Storm’s lead-off batter also scored in the inning when freshman Alicia Loiler hit one out of the park.
The Saints and Chemeketa continued their slow progress in the fifth. Hill hit the lead-off batter in the top of the inning, and she scored later on a Mt. Hood double.
Sylvester started the bottom of the inning with a single. Anderegg then homered to edge the Storm closer.
Unfortunately, Mt. Hood hung on for the win.
There will be no postseason for the Storm, which finished the regular season in last place in the southern region of the NWACC. Chemeketa had a conference record of 3-17 and a season record of 17-24.
The Storm’s games were marred by errors and inconsistent offense. The postponing of several games because of rain also affect the team.
This year had an all-new coaching staff: head coaches Katie Fleer and Amanda Fleer and assistant coach Boone Marker.