by Brandon Loiler, Sports Information Assistant
PORTLAND, Ore. - Visitng Whitworth handed Lewis & Clark a pair of losses in the first games of a four game Northwest Conference softball series on Sunday, March 19. The Pirates won 1-0 in extra innings of game one and followed that up with a convincing 11-3 win in game two.
Day two of the series will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20.
Game One: Whitworth 1, Lewis & Clark 0 (8 Innings)
In the first inning, the Pirates got on base by two walks and a fielding error from the Pio shortstop, but left all three on with back-to-back outs. Madi Perez and the Whitworth defense retired the first three L&C batters to finish the inning.
The Pirates and Pioneers combined to leave 13 runners on base through six innings.
In the top of the seventh, Kinsey McNaught singled and Natalie Edlin walked to put two on base with one out. Shannon Wessel grounded out on the next at bat, putting McNaught and Edlin in scoring position and Michelle Silva walked to load the bases, but the Pioneers escaped the inning on a pop out.
Perez reached on another Lewis & Clark error to start the eighth inning. Allie Rude singled and McNaught walked to load the bases for Myranda Ramirez. Ramirez flew out to left field for the deciding score, allowing Perez to tag up and score. The Pirates quickly recorded two outs in the bottom of the inning before Katelyn Duilio singled for the Pioneers. Lisa Kumasaka flew out on the next at bat to left field to seal the game.
Ramirez went 0-1 with a sac fly, RBI, and two walks for Whitworth and Lindsay Yearman finished 2-3 for L&C.
Madi Perez stays perfect at 9-0, recording six strikeouts, giving up four hits and walking two for the Pirates. For the Pios, Kaili Akimseu moves to 1-3 after walking nine batters and putting the go-ahead runner in base in the eighth inning.
Game Two: Whitworth 11, Lewis & Clark 3
The Pirates started off early in the first inning with runs from McNaught and Wessel. McNaught scored when Matthews walked with the bases loaded. The next at bat, a fielder's choice caught Silva at third base, but scored Wessel to go up 2-0.
In the second inning, Logan Miller and Kelsey Downey singled and Ramirez brought them both home with a two RBI double to left field. McNaught singled with a bunt on the next at bat and Wessel reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases for Silva. Silva popped out to left field, scoring Ramirez for a 5-0 Whitworth lead. The Pioneers responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring back-to-back unearned runs (5-2).
Whitworth added three runs in the third on another Ramirez RBI pop out and a two RBI double from Wessel. Downey reached on a fielder's choice and advanced on a walk and an interference call to third base. She scored on Ramirez's sac fly (6-2) and with the bases loaded, Wessel doubled to center, scoring Miller and Allie Rude (8-2).
Lewis & Clark took care of three consecutive Whitworth batters in the fifth and cut the lead back to five on an RBI single from Yearman in the bottom of the inning. Yearman scored Kumasaka who was on third after a fielder's choice, steal, and a groundout from teammate Ashley Bolick.
Logan Miller walked to put one on for Whitworth in the seventh inning. Consecutive singles from Wessel and Silva loaded the bases for Addie Bailey who came into pinch hit for Tessa Matthews. Bailey singled to right field and an error from Pioneer catcher Paige Amador scored all three.
Ramirez batted in three runs to lead the Pirates in game two, hitting 2-4 and scoring once. Shannon Wessel went 2-5 and added two more RBIs. Yearman went 2-4 with an RBI for the Pios.
Ashley Trueblood threw a complete game, giving up eight hits and three runs to improve to 3-1 and Kalin Rooney drops to 1-3 after giving up five runs (all earned) in the first two innings.