The Western Nevada College Wildcats softball team put the bat on the ball to earn comeback wins in both of Friday’s doubleheader games against the College of Southern Nevada. The ‘Cats edged out the Coyotes 7-5 and 6-5. In the first game, pitcher Alexia Alley got the win in more ways than one. She relieved starting pitcher Ali Lostra, who left the game with an injury, and then knocked a double in the final inning to win it for her team. In game two, WNC topped CSN 6-5 after a lively sixth inning rally, with pitcher Carlee Beck earning the win.
In the first inning of game one, the Wildcats allowed nothing from the Coyotes and rallied two runs in their first at bat. Jennifer Quam led off with a single up the middle and advanced to third on an error that landed Jennifer Rechel on first. Rechel then stole second, presenting the opportunity for Quam to score. Rechel advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice RBI by Caroline McCarthy. Andrea Lee singled, but was left stranded. After one inning WNC 2, CSN 0.
CSN tied the game with a two-run homer by Rhiana Balaun in the third. Caroline McCarthy doubled in the bottom of the third, but was left stranded. The Coyotes nabbed another run in the fourth, putting them on top 3-2.
Sydney Darby singled in the fifth, but the Wildcats failed to capitalize on the opportunity. In the sixth, WNC’s starting pitcher, Ali Lostra left the game after taking a hard hit ball to the face. She was relieved by Alexia Alley. The momentum change allowed CSN to score, edging them ahead 4-2, and silencing WNC in the bottom of the inning.
In the final inning. the Coyotes padded their lead, but WNC answered when a hit by Requel scored Septon, who reached on an error. Darby singled, McCarthy knocked an RBI single to score Requel, and Darby scored on an RBI double by Lee to tie the game. Madison Gonzalez walked, loading the bases for the Wildcats. Cox came in to run for McCarthy, and a double by Alley scored Cox and Lee to win it for the Wildcats. The final score, WNC 7, CSN 5.
In game two, CSN’s Destinee Chang put the Coyotes on the board with a solo homerun in the second inning. WNC scored when Alisha Nielsen hit a single to score Gonzalez, who tapped a bunt to get on base. After two innings, the game was knotted at 1-1.
In the third, Quam beat out a bunt, but was left stranded. CSN put up one run in the fourth and one in the fifth, bringing the score to 3-1, CSN. Quam singled in the fifth, but was caught stealing to end the inning.
In the sixth, CSN tallied another run on a passed ball, to which WNC launched a second comeback. Rechel reached on an error, Darby singled and Rechel scored on a single by McCarthy. Lee reached on fielder’s choice and Gonzalez beat out a bunt to load the bases. Septon singled to score McCarthy, and Nielsen singled to score Lee and Gonzalez. Cox reached on an error, and Rechel scored Septon. After the sixth, the Wildcats led 6-4.
In the final inning, CSN threatened with two doubles and one run scored, but it was not enough. WNC won 6-5.
Of the team’s comeback wins, Coach Leah Wentworth said “I’m proud of the girls for hanging in there and keeping it alive. They showed a lot of character, and it’s wins like this that they need to build the confidence moving forward.”
The series continues Saturday, March 16 at noon and 2 p.m. at Edmonds Sports Complex in Carson City. The Associated Students of Western Nevada will host stack the stands with free snacks and t-shirts for the first 25 attendees.
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