Storm softball team has strong showing in NWACC tournament
By Matt Rawlings
After just missing the NWACC playoffs last season, Chemeketa’s softball team was looking for a quality outing in this year’s NWACC tournament.
“I am so proud of everyone on my team this year,” Taylor Medley, the team’s sophomore designated hitter, said.
“Last year was really disappointing because we worked so hard, but this year it was so great to have that hard work pay off.”
Even though the Storm lost its tournament opening game on May 16 by an 8-0 score, the Storm bounced back in the following game, coming up with a 7-2 victory against Everett.
Freshman third baseman Janie Carr went 2-4 with an RBI, and sophomore pitcher Emilie Leach pitched four scoreless innings in the victory.
The Storm capitalized on two Everett errors and a balk in the top of the second inning, which led to two unearned runs.
After Leach shut down Everett in the bottom of the second, the Storm bats went to work in the top of the third.
Again taking advantage of two Everett errors and key hits by Carr, freshman left fielder Alexandra Anderegg, and freshman shortstop Sammi Brandstetter, the Storm picked up three runs in the inning and took a 5-0 lead.
Chemeketa struck again for two runs in the top of the fourth. Leach walked, and sophomore second baseman Destinee Chang and sophomore first baseman Jordan Marin were both hit by pitches.
An RBI single by Carr then put the Storm up 7-0 as the fourth inning came to a close.
A combined pitching effort from Leach, freshman Kaydi Milton, and sophomore Jessica Hotaling kept the Everett offense quiet all game.
Everett struck for two meaningless runs in the bottom of the 7th, and the Storm was able to close out the victory.
Chemeketa was back at it on Saturday as the team took on Spokane.
Chang and Brandstetter had two hits apiece and Hotaling pitched a solid 5 1/3 innings, giving up only two runs, as the Storm came away with the 3-2 victory.
Chemeketa struck first in the bottom of the second when Anderegg produced an RBI double, scoring Chang, and the Storm went on top 1-0.
After Hotaling shut down Spokane in order in the top of the third, Chemeketa struck again in the bottom of the third, this time adding two runs.
After a single from freshman center fielder Susannah Sass and a walk from sophomore catcher Sharla Kumai-Farrell, Chang stepped up with a 2-run double, putting the Storm on top 3-0.
Hotaling gave up a 2-run homer in the top of the fourth but was able to limit the damage as the Storm still hung on to the 3-2 lead.
Leach relieved Hotaling in the top of the sixth and then set down Spokane in order in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.
“When we keep up our quality pitching and come out and stay hot with the bats, we are very tough to beat,” Medley said.
The team is still competing in the NWACC tournament. The Courier will have a full recap on the results in next week’s edition.