Freezing temperatures, blowing snow, and a howling wind teamed up with the North Idaho College softball team to put the big chill on the Wildcats Friday. The Cardinals from the North Country pulled off a 21-5 win in five innings at Fernley High School, a venue utilized because it was less snowy than WNC's home field in Carson City during a fierce Sierra storm.
NIC opened the game with a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but WNC rallied right back with four runs in the bottom of the inning. The Wildcats took advantage of two walks by North Idaho and RBIs by four different batters - Ashley Hall, Jordan Thomas, Cassie Vondrak, and Sarah Cudahy.
Both teams held in the second inning, but by the third inning, the wintry weather took its toll on the Wildcats, helping NIC to a 9-4 lead. WNC struggled on the mound and with fielding errors.
The teams will play two more games Saturday at noon and 2 pm at Fernley High School, weather permitting.
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