Storm Softball Clinches Playoff Spot
By Matt Rawlings
Chemeketa’s softball team headed into its doubleheader on March 6 against Mt. Hood just one win away from clinching a playoff spot.
After missing the playoffs by one game last year, the Storm players did not let this opportunity slip though their grasp.
Even though Chemeketa lost the second game by a 6-2 score, the team was able to come away with a 5-0 victory in the first game, clinching the final playoff spot in the NWACC South.
Destinee Chang, a sophomore second baseman, went 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI, and sophomore pitcher Jessica Hotaling hurled a complete game shutout in the victory.
Janie Carr, a freshman first baseman, also added 2 RBI in the win.
“We knew what was on the line, and we stepped up to meet the challenge,” Taylor Medley, the team’s sophomore designated hitter, said.
The Storm got off to a quick start, scoring a run in the bottom of the first on the RBI double by Chang. After Hotaling shuts down Mt. Hood’s first nine batters in order, the Storm was able to explode for three runs in the bottom of the third.
Chemeketa strung together four straight hits in the inning, highlighted by a 2-run double by Carr. Hotaling didn’t surrender a base runner until the top of the fourth inning when SheaLee Lindsey reached first on a single.
But Hotaling was able to get out of the inning unscathed after she got Mt. Hood’s cleanup hitter to fly out to left field.
The Storm added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI single by Chang, which scored Hotaling from third.
After facing a minor threat from Mt. Hood in the top of the seventh, Hotaling was able to bear down and get the final three outs to clinch the victory and the playoffs for the Storm.
The NWACC Tournament runs May 16 to 19 in Portland. A full recap will appear in next week’s edition of the Courier.
“When we bring our bats and string runs together, I believe we can beat every team out there,” Medley said.