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Vandals lock up league crown, look to defend district pennant

Two berths to state slowpitch tournament in Spokane at stake as district action opens Saturday morning in Goldendale

Klickitat clinched another Greater Columbia B League softball championship and the No.-1 seed in Saturday's district tournament with a double-header sweep at Glenwood May 10.

The unbeaten Vandals (14-0 in league, 16-0 overall) had 27 hits in each game as they crushed the Eagles 29-5 and 27-5 to take the season series 4-0.

In game one, Tami Groves went 5 for 5 with five runs batted in and four runs scored, and Nicki Schultz belted a pair of solo home runs.

Michelle Martell had three hits and three RBIs, and Randi Steindorf had four hits and two RBIs.

Jordan Graeme added two RBIs and Marci Fink hit a home run.

Amy Hendricks and Jenna Dean each connected for three hits for Glenwood (6-9, 7-9). Marlena Shupe homered, scored three runs and drove in two.

In game two, Fink batted 5 for 5 with five RBIs to lead the Vandals. Graeme went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs.

Schultz (3 for 4) scored five runs and Martell (3 for 4) knocked in three runs. Jaecee Ramsay had four hits and made four runs.

Kari Steinbach batted 2 for 2 for the Eagles and brought in two of their runs. Hendricks and Hollie

Benton also had two hits apiece.

Sunnyside Christian 16-16, at Lyle 3-10 --

The Knights secured the No.-2 seed in the district playoffs by sweeping the Cougars May 10.

Lyle (5-9, 6-9) fell behind 13-3 after two innings of game one en route to a five-inning "mercy rule" defeat.

Heidi Billette had three of Lyle's 13 hits and drove in one of its runs. Amanda Kercmar and Sarah Bilÿlette each went 2 for 3 with a RBI.

The Cougars led game two until there were two out in the top of the seventh.

With the score 10-9 and the bases loaded, the Knights got six consecutive hits to spark a two-out, seven-run rally.

Jennifer Struck and Christina Grace each had three hits and two RBIsn for Lyle. Erin Doolin went 4 for 4 and Kercmar collected two hits (one a triple) and two RBIs.

Lyle 14-19, at Yakama Tribal 2-8 --

The Cougars clinched a spot in the district tournament with a pair of wins May 8 in Toppenish.

Lyle scored at least two runs in each inning of game one en route to a five-inning "mercy rule" victory.

Christina Grace (2 for 3), Heidi Billette, Sara Trujillo and Kristin Brown each drove in two runs for Lyle.

In game two the Cougars trailed 5-3 after one inning but took the lead for good with an eight-run third inning.

Jackie Wolcott went 2 for 4 with three RBIs to pace the Cougars. Mitzi McMurrin and Sarah Billette added three hits and two RBIs each.


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