Storm softball team ends it tournament run
By Matt Rawlings
The Chemeketa softball team’s season came to end on May 17 as the Storm lost to Douglas College by a 4-2 score, eliminating them from the NWACC Tournament.
After losing its first outing of the tournament, the Storm rallied to win the next two games against Everett and Spokane but couldn’t keep the streak alive against Douglas.
Even though Chemeketa outhit Douglas 10-6, the Storm couldn’t over- come four fielding errors.
Sophomore pitcher Jessica Hotaling went 3 for 4 with a stolen base in the loss.
Storm head coach Susie Krewer said, “I am extremely proud of what this team did, both during the season and at the tourney. Although we had our chances to win that last game, I can honestly say that each and every one of the girls gave it their all.
“We went in as the seven seed and came out in seventh place. For a team unranked in the coach’s poll all year, we definitely had something to prove.” Both teams’ offenses were silent in the first three innings until Douglas through with a run in the top of the fourth.
But the Storm rallied in the bottom half of the inning with a run of its own when freshman third baseman Janie Carr scored on a double by sophomore second baseman Destinee Chang, tying the score at one.
The Storm took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when an RBI single by Carr scored Hotaling, making the score 2-1 in the Storm’s favor.
But the Storm couldn’t hold off Douglas, which scored two runs in the sixth inning and another in the seventh; the deficit was too much for the Storm to overcome.
Even though the season is over, Storm softball seems to have a bright future in the eyes of Krewer.
“As a team, we will take a similar approach as far as discipline, hard work, and dedication goes. We look to add at least nine newcomers next year, in- cluding athletes, pitching, and catching” she said.
“We will definitely miss our sophomore leaders. And although they are all irreplaceable, we will do our best to put together a team that can go even farther and accomplish even more in our tough Southern Region next year.”