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Storm softballers split two at home against Lower Columbia

The Chemeketa softball team huddles before a game this season.

The Chemeketa softball team huddles before a game this season.

By Emily Sisk – Photo by Pete Brandstetter

Getting on the field was a victory in itself.

After having games postponed the previous two days, Chemeketa’s softball team was finally able to play a double-header on Thursday at Wallace Marine Park.

The Storm lost the first game 7-3 to Lower Columbia Community College but managed to eke out a win in the second game, 12-11.

Both teams started slowly in the opener, managing a few hits each in the early innings. But the batting rosters woke up in the fourth inning when LCCC scored off of two hits, taking a lead 2-0.

The Storm players answered with three hits of their own. Sophomore Taylor Terry was able to bring fellow sophomore Allie Anderegg home when the Lower Columbia third baseman misplayed a grounder.

In the fifth inning, both teams had two hits. LCCC scored on one of theirs, but Chemeketa was able to bring both sophomore Sammi Brandstetter and Anderegg home with a single and a solo homerun.

The game was now tied 3-3.

Unfortunately, the last two innings were scoreless for the Storm while Lower Columbia scored four more runs, the last of which was unearned.

After warming up in the first game, batters from both sides came off the bench swinging for the second half of the double-header.

Chemeketa began with a handful of errors. Lower Columbia’s lone hit in the top of the first turned into four runs, three of which were unearned.

Chemeketa’s hot bats were able to rectify most of the damage, closing out the inning with three hits of their own.

Sophomore Sophie Hess and Brandstetter scored off freshman Taylor Castro’s double, and then Castro came home on a sacrifice fly by freshman Ashlea Bowden.

The second inning had LCCC up 4-3. Freshman pitcher Lindsay Hill was able to keep their bats quiet, allowing only one hit.

The Storm broke the game wide open in the bottom of the inning. After freshman Rayne Sylvester brought Terry home and loaded the bases, Castro hit the ball out of the park for a grand slam.

The inning ended with Bowden scoring on a wild pitch. The Storm now led 9-4.

Hill rendered the LCCC batting order silent in the third, giving up a walk and no hits. The Storm also was quiet, with Brandstetter producing a single and a stolen base.

LCCC started the fourth inning with a couple of singles, but a wild pitch followed by three walks gave Lower Columbia new life. The free passes brought home two runners, while another two scored off a single.

The game was now a tight 9-8 for Chemeketa. The Storm wasn’t able to rack up any hits in the bottom of the fourth, but Anderegg crossed home after a wild pitch, making the score 10-8.

Continuing to chip away at the Storm’s lead, LCCC scored a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Chemeketa was scoreless in the inning.

Going into the sixth, the Storm held onto a narrow lead of 10-9 and was in danger of losing both of the day’s games.

This time, however, it was LCCC that was unable to produce. Sophomore pitcher Kaydi Milton held them to a single hit and two fly outs.

The Storm, looking to put away the game for good, had three hits in the bottom of the inning. Anderegg scored on an error, and a double by Terry ended in an unearned run for Bowden.

The score was now 12-9.

Chemeketa was given a scare at the top of the seventh when LCCC came battling back. The Storm held them just shy of the three runs needed to force a last-bat bottom of the inning.

This season has been tough at times for the team. Chemeketa is currently a 14-13 in a rebuilding year with an entirely new coaching staff.

Wednesday’s games were encouraging, and it’s clear that the Storm is capable of putting up runs and commanding from the pitching mound.

The next game will be at noon on Saturday at Clark College.

The next home game will be at 2 p.m. the following Wednesday against Clackamas Community College.

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