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Storm softballers continue to struggle with rough outing at Mt. Hood

Rayne Sylvester

By Emily Sisk

It was a day they’d prefer to forget.

Chemeketa women’s softball team played two games at Mt. Hood on April 21. The Storm was stifled offensively and defensively in both games; the first was a 12-4 loss, and the second was another 8-run deficit, 9-1.

Mt. Hood scored in nearly every inning of game one, while the Storm was contrastingly shut out in most innings. The sixth was more successful for Chemeketa, with freshman Taylor Castro racking up three RBIs with a home run.

Castro’s long ball was unable to deter the Mt. Hood bats, which produced 5 runs to win the game with a run-rule. Sophomore Kaydi Milton had trouble at the mound all game and was unable to record a strikeout.

The Storm fared no better in the second game. Chemeketa’s only run came in the third inning, when freshman Rayne Sylvester produced an RBI single.

Sylvester also was the losing pitcher. She faired only slightly better than Milton had previously, striking out two batters in 4 2/3 innings.

This time it took Mt. Hood 5 ½ innings to win.

Chemeketa’s defense continued its struggles. The team recorded 29 total errors in the double-header, although all of the runs scored by the Saints.

The Storm is now 16-15 for the season.

Milton said the players and coaches all were doing their best.

“The new coaching staff has had to step up to the plate here because they were sort of thrown into the position and didn’t know what they were in for,” she said.

“They are doing an incredible job balancing everything that has been thrown at them.”

One contributing factor to the team’s troubles could be the number of rain delays. Since April 8, the Storm has had eight games postponed because of bad or marginal weather.

The team had games scheduled for April 24 at home against Clark, but both were postponed before they started by rain. The games were rescheduled for May 4.

Conditions permitting, Chemeketa will play Clackamas at 2 p.m. May 6 at Wallace Marine Park.

“We just have to keep pursuing to be the best we can be,” Milton said.

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