February 26, 2013

Home Runs, Pitching Key Wildcats Victory

Wildcats Roar - Take Opener Over North Idaho

Clutch Catch
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It was a day of big plays for the Western Nevada College softball team. The Wildcats opened a four-game series against North Idaho College today in Carson City with a 5-4 victory, finding the bats when it counted.

Both the Wildcats’ scores came from big plays" a three-run homer in the third inning, and a two-run homer in the fifth. In all, the Wildcats tallied five runs on as many hits.

Ali Lostra pitched a complete game, giving up four runs on six hits.

North Idaho scored first, leading 1-0 in the second inning.

Wildcats leftfielder Andi Lee gave Western Nevada its first score and a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning with a three-run homer over the centerfield fence. Centerfielder Jenny Quam ( helped set up the play with a single, then Madison Gonzales reached on a bunt.

“It felt good going off the bat,” Lee said. “ I knew it was going. I was looking for a base hit,” not a homer.” Instead, “I had a burst of energy I was so excited.”

Lostra gave up a double hit deep into left field by Sawyer to begin the fourth inning. Just as quickly, though, she followed up by striking out the next batter, Kelsey LaVaute. Desirae Tinoco took the second out at first base, The Wildcats then committed an error when no one dove for a pop fly, putting runners at the corner. They followed through in the next moment, ousting Tori Schuler at first base to end the inning.

In the fifth inning, the Cardinals added a run and looked as if they would turn the game around. Lostra struck out Jenna Krum to open the inning, but the Wildcats suffered a dropped ball, a batter hit by a pitch, a base that led to a score, and a walk that loaded the bases, pulling North Idaho within one.

WNC answered in the bottom of the inning when catcher Sydney Darby smacked a two-run home run over right field, scoring Quam.

North Idaho had no quit in them, however, and charged back to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull within one, 5-4. Cardinal pitcher Emily Perlich stood solid, fending off the Wildcats with two strikeouts, but it would not be enough.

WNC Head Coach Leah Wentworth credited her team for keeping its composure when the game tightened up. “Ali was a true warrior, fighting through,” she said, and “Andi Lee had a big hit,”

Afterward, Lostra was seen rubbing her throwing arm and admitted, “I’m real sore.” But, she said, “I was focused on defense. The adrenaline kicked in during the middle and end.” Her performance, she said, was “ just good enough. Our defense helped. It was a great team effort.”

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