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Community Colleges of Spokane 1-1 in double header

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SPOKANE, Wash. -   The Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch were 1-1 in the double header against the Wenatchee Valley Knights Saturday at their field at Spokane Falls Community College.

Spokane took an early lead in the first inning of game one, with a double, hit by outfielder Michelle Wells.

In the next three innings, the Sasquatch continued to solidify their lead over the Knights, with infielder Katie Bologna hitting an RBI at the bottom of the fourth inning and Wells hitting a home run at the bottom of the fourth to bring the score to 4-0.

Despite being four runs under at the top of the sixth inning, Wenatchee Valley began to strengthen their offense and hitting as infielder Emma Winckler and pitcher Kim Harter each hit a double into the outfield respectively, leading to a total of three runs. 

At the bottom of the sixth, CCS once again utilized their own offense, with Bologna stealing two bases following her single, and shortstop Heather Jackson getting walked.  Rachel Eisenmann would then hit a double of her own, giving the CCS two more runs.

CCS ended game one at the top of the seventh with Jackson grabbing two ground balls and throwing out the batters at first base, and Bologna throwing out the batter before she could reach first.  The final score was 6-3.

Although Spokane had beaten them in the first round of the double header, Wenatchee Valley would not let their mistakes be repeated in game two.

After a tied score of 1-1 in the first inning, the Knights would take the lead after catcher Robin James hit a triple to right field. 

Wenatchee Valley would continue their lead in the third inning, scoring four more runs that were batted in by outfielder Katie Lafferty and infielder Michelle Mobley who each brought in two runs apiece.

The inning would end with a score of 6-2, after Jackson was called out by after being tagged just as she reached second base.  The umpire who made the call, received criticism from Spokane fans and coaches, particularly CCS assistant coach Jamie Merrell, who believed the he should have waited before making his judgment.

"You need to let the play finish instead of anticipating the result," Merrell said.

Although they were down five runs, the Sasquatch would continue to fight.  Not only did they score three more runs in the next four innings, but they also kept Wenatchee Valley from scoring for the rest of the game.

The final score of game two was 6-4, Wenatchee.

As both teams were leaving, Eisenmann, left fielder for both games, reflected on CCS's high points.

"We streamed together some good hits," Eisenmann said.  "Out pitchers were good."

CCS catcher Ashley Fargher, expressed how glad she was that her team beat Wenatchee, and explained that the first game could be a prelude to the NWAACC softball championships.

  "This first win was a win we needed," Fargher said.  "We're pretty much tied with Wenatchee and this game could be something that happens again in the championships."

CCS's next game is a double header against Treasure Valley Community College Chukars, Friday May 1 at SFCC.

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