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Storm softball team splits double-header

Emilie Leach, Nina Umfrid, and teammates cheer from the dugout.

Emilie Leach, Nina Umfrid, and teammates cheer from the dugout.

By Morgan Swaim – Photo by Ally McVey

The Storm fell behind early in the first of two softball games against SW Oregon on April 26.

But after all the adversity the players have handled this year, they knew that they were strong enough to make a comeback.

Sophomore second baseman Destinee Chang went 2 for 3 to lead the way, including her eighth home run of the season.

Also contributing were sophomore first baseman Jordan Martin and freshman shortstop Sammi Brandstetter, who each drove in two runs as the Storm roared back from the early 3-0.

Chang’s home run in the bottom half of the second inning made the score 3-1 and gave the Storm momentum for what was to come later.

The Storm was fired by the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, Chemeketa took full advantage.

Martin hit a two-run single to tie the game at 3-3, and Brandstetter smacked a double, bringing in another two runs as the Storm took the lead, 5-3.

SW Oregon came close to tying the game in the sixth inning.

With one runner scoring and another running toward the plate after a key hit, the Storm did an excellent job of pinching the runner off at the plate.

The opposing coach was furious after the play, claiming interference and making the case that the game should be tied.

But the umpires got together and concluded that they did not see any obstruction.

With SW Oregon down to its last two outs, a line drive to third base looked as if it was about to hit third baseman Janie Carr straight in the face. But she was able to somehow catch the ball and prevent any injury.

“I saw it coming, and I was like it’s either my face or it gets past me, but I was able to catch it”, Carr said after the game.

Storm coach Susan Krewer said after the comeback win, “This games says wonders for our team and what we have been able to fight through with the adversity we have had, not only coming back in the game, but in our conference.”

The second game of the double header started off in fashion, with the Storm going down early.

This time, however, the team was not able to make a eventually lost, 12-5, to split the double-header.

The Storm’s next game is on April 30 against Clackamas.

The team’s next home game will be May 3 at Wallace Marine Park.

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