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Storm softball team loses early leads in double-header

By Morgan Swaim

Storm softball has gone through some ups and downs so far this season.

With three new coaches to the program – Katie and Amanda Fleer as head coaches and Boone Marker as the assistant coach – the Storm may just need some time to gel.

The team’s record is 13-9 overall. But since conference play began, Chemeketa has struggled.

After winning its first two conferences games, the Storm dropped the last three and finds itself in fourth place in the south region.

In the two games this past weekend against Clackamas, Chemeketa jumped off to early leads but faltered as the game continued.

In the first game, the Storm got out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when second-year outfielder Sophie Hess stole home.

The Cougars tied the game quickly, scoring a run in the first inning. From then on, the Storm struggled to score.

The Cougars added to their lead in the fourth inning, putting in two more runs to take a 3-1 lead.

The Storm tried to answer in the 6th inning with a solo home run from first-year first baseman Ashlea Bowden, cutting the score to 3-2.

But the Cougars went for the kill, adding three more runs for a 6-2 lead and the win.

The second game of the double-header was more evenly contested.

Once again the Storm jumped out to an early lead, this time in the second inning. Bowden scored the first run on a sacrifice fly, and second-year outfielder Allie Anderegg then scored on an error.

Chemeketa extended its lead In the fourth inning when Bowden hit her second solo homer of the day, making the score 3-0. Chemeketa then scored again on an error to up 4-0.

The Cougars answered with a 2-run inning of their to slice Chemeketa’s lead in half heading into the last three innings.

Tacking on two more runs in the 5th and 6th inning, the Cougars then tie the game at 4-4. Neither team scored in the 7th, which sent the contest in extra innings.

Chemeketa managed a single hit in the 8th inning but didn’t score.

The Cougars scored a run in the bottom of the inning to take the win, 5-4.

The Storm will look to end its three-game conference losing streak on April 8 with two games against SW Oregon at Wallace Marine Park.

The first of the double-header is scheduled at 2 p.m., with the second game following immediately.

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