Ninth-ranked College of Southern Idaho connected for 35 hits and 32 runs Thursday to take a Scenic West Athletic Conference softball doubleheader over Western Nevada College in St. George, Utah.
Amanda Sheets and Markii Ashton each swatted four hits and Sierra Whitmer laced three hits and knocked in four runs as CSI cruised to a 15-2 win in the opening game. Carley Whiteâ€™s grand slam fueled a 17-0 victory in game two.
WNC played to an early lead against the Golden Eagles in the first game. In the bottom of the first inning, Madi Gonzalez and Katilyn Covione followed an error to load the bases. Cara McCarthyâ€™s sacrifice fly plated Katelyn Bomar, then an error on Meghan Hospokdaâ€™s groundball allowed Gonzalez to score, giving WNC a 2-0 edge.
But the Golden Eagles responded with three runs in the second inning to take a lead it would never relinquish.
Gonzalez led the Wildcats with two hits.
In game two, CSI used 17 hits and seven WNC errors to run away with the contest. White hit a grand slam in the second inning to expand their lead to 6-0 and Kami Merrill took it from there, shutting out the Wildcats on four hits.
The Golden Eagles didnâ€™t rest on their early lead, scoring five runs in the third and fourth innings. Kayla Carterâ€™s RBI double punctuated the third-inning rally, and Sheaâ€™s Ibrahimâ€™s run-scoring single was part of a fourth inning that saw 13 Golden Eagles come to the plate.
The Wildcats loaded the bases in the second inning. Makenzie Hospodka led off with a single and two-out free passes to Jenny Rechel and Lindsey Ashbaugh filled the bases. Bomar, however, was retired for the third out on a fly ball to center field.
Meghan Hospodka provided WNC with an additional scoring opportunity by starting the fourth inning with a double, but a strikeout, fly out and groundout left her at second base.