CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Whitworth rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to win Saturday's first game against Northwest Christian, but could not hold on to an early lead in the second game against Corban at the Northwest Cup tournament at Hood River Park.
The Pirates remain even on the season at 2-2 and will conclude the tournament on Sunday with games against host Concordia and NAIA #1-ranked Oregon Tech.
Game 1 – Whitworth 6, Northwest Christian 5
Heather Hesselgesser singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning to complete a three-run rally that gave the Pirates their second win of the season.
Whitworth took a 3-1 lead in the second inning when Sami Parr doubled with the bases loaded to drive in all three runs.
The Beacons (2-5) rallied with two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings, the big blow a home run in the fifth by NCU's Gabby Stover.
Hesselgesser's winning hit came with two outs. Peyton McMahan and Jessica Ross scored the runs after coming up with key pinch hits earlier in the inning.
Megan Fisher started in the circle for the Bucs and she allowed three earned runs in her first career action in 4.2 innings. Taylor Gilbert pitched 1.1 innings of relief and was credited with the win, her first of the season. Riley Fritz tossed a perfect bottom of the seventh to pick up her first career save.
Hesselgesser was the only Pirate with more than one hit.
Game 2 – Corban 12, Whitworth 4
The Warriors (8-2) scored eight runs over the final three innings to pull away from the Pirates.
Parr went 3-3 with a double and scored three of Whitworth's runs. Jamie Brunner was 3-4 at the plate, while Julia Johnson nailed her first home run of the season in the second inning. Sacha Clow added two hits and an RBI.
Fritz was the starting pitcher for the Pirates and gave up nine runs in 5.1 innings. Gilbert threw the final 1.2 innings and allowed three runs.
Emma Winkler, Chynna Sandhop and Stephanie Nippert hit home runs for Corban. Chelsea Schriber threw the first five innings for the Warriors to pick up the win.