Team to Host Strike Out Cancer Event Saturday
The Western Nevada College softball team will look to rally Saturday, after dropping the first two games of a four game series against in-state rival College of Southern Nevada. In the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Edmonds Sports Complex, WNC led early, but let CSN get the best of them. CSN won 10-3. In game two, CSN blanked WNC to win 7-0.
Alexia Alley started in the circle for the Wildcats. In the bottom of the first inning, WNC’s lead off batter Jenny Quam reached on a bobbled play by CSN pitcher Desiree Laswell, and a hit which popped off the pitcher’s glove allowed Melanie Pfeiffer to get on base. Quam was called out at third, and Pfeiffer was left stranded. In the second inning, Ali Lostra tapped a hit, but rolled her ankle striding to first. Jordan Thomas came in to pinch run, and got caught attempting to steal. Courtney Lange singled, but was left stranded.
WNC got on the board in the third inning. Mikaela Henshaw walked, and Quam singled. Pfeiffer earned a RBI, when Henshaw scored on a close call at home. Thomas rocketed a single up the middle to score Quam and Pfeiffer. At the end of the third inning, WNC led 3-0.
CSN scored in the fourth with a solo homerun by Alicia Firelein. Henshaw singled in the fourth, but was left stranded. In the fifth, Pfeiffer singled, Niki DiSera reached on fielder’s choice, Thomas walked. The runners were left stranded.
Jordan Garcia relieved Alley in the top of the sixth, and allowed two runs, knotting up the score. Alley returned to the circle with bases loaded. The WNC defense managed two outs at home plate, but three consecutive hits by CSN, allowed the Coyotes to take the lead 7-3 before WNC could retire the side with a third home plate decision.
CSN scored three additional runs in the seventh. In the final stretch, Pfeiffer and DiSera each knocked singles, but the Wildcats could not recover. The Coyotes topped Western 10-3. Garcia took the loss for WNC.
In game two, Ali Lostra was the starting pitcher for WNC. The Wildcats allowed nothing until the third winning, when they gave up one, to allow CSN on the board 1-0. In the third, Pfeiffer singled and Taleas Marble reached on fielder’s choice, but CSN was able to contain the Wildcats.
In the fifth, the Coyotes scored three additional runs, bringing the score to 4-0 in their favor. Quam singled for the Wildcats in the bottom of the fifth, but was left stranded.
Western’s Alley relieved Lostra in the sixth, and temporarily silenced the Coyotes’ bats. Marble led off the bottom of the inning with a single. Lostra singled and Courtney Lange walked to load the bases and offer hope for WNC, but all three runners were left stranded to keep the score 4-0, CSN.
In the final inning, CSN scored three, and WNC was left scoreless. Lostra took the loss for the Wildcats.
Of the tough losses, Coach Leah Wentworth said, “We need to do a better job of taking the momentum back when there is a shift against us. We need to make adjustments at the plate, and we have to answer back stronger.”
The two teams square off Saturday for another doubleheader. Games are at noon and 2 p.m. at Edmonds Sports Complex, and a number of activities are planned for the day. In honor of Strike Out Cancer month, Western will raise money for cancer research through raffles and merchandise sales. Proceeds from bake sale and bracelet and balloon sales will go to help with cancer treatment for a parent of one of the teammates. WNC sophomores will be recognized in between games, and after the series, two seniors from Churchill County High School will sign letters of intent to play for the Wildcats in 2013.
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|Jenny Quam Slides into Second||Katirina Rand Makes Play at Home||Mikaela Henshaw Safe at Home|
|Pitcher Jordan Garcia|
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