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A Shakeup In The Standings

Vandals sweep Cougars for share of GCB title, clinch top berth to district

Lyle blistered Sunnyside Christian pitching for 27 runs and 27 hits Monday to win both games of a regular season-ending Greater Columbia B League softball double-header in Sunnyside.

The sweep earned the Cougars (8-4, 12-5) a share of the GCB title. But they lost the No. 1 berth to this Saturday's district tournament to co-champion Klickitat, which won the season series with Lyle, 3-1.

Lyle beat Sunnyside Christian, 16-2, in the opener as sophomore Mitzi McMurrin hurled a five-inning two-hitter.

The Cougars slugged 16 hits for their part: four each by seniors Sarah Billette and Tonya Schroeder.

Billette clubbed a home run and knocked in four runs, while Schroeder accounted for two runs batted in.

McMurrin aided her cause by going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Her battery mate, Jennifer Struck, had three hits and one RBI.

Schroeder and Struck formed the winning combination in game two, with junior Kristin Brown providing much of the offensive fireworks.

Brown belted a home run and triple in five at-bats to drive in five of Lyle's runs in the 11-6 victory.

Schroeder was 4 for 4 with a double and finished the double-header with eight hits in nine appearances.

Billette contributed an RBI single and sophomore Tara Rappe collected three hits in five trips.

At Lyle 17-14, Mabton 5-15 --

A split last Friday with the Vikings cost the Cougars the GCB crown.

Mabton erupted for seven runs in the top of the seventh in game two to erase a 12-8 deficit against losing pitcher Mitzi McMurrin.

Lyle led 9-1 after two innings but couldn't put Mabton away.

The Cougars outhit the Vikings, 14-13, but committed five errors to the visitors' two.

Junior Dawn Ullom had three of Lyle's hits, including a home run, and drove in five runs.

Tonya Schroeder went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, and Tara Rappe was 3 for 4 with one RBI.

Lyle also got RBI singles from McMurrin, Kristin Brown, Amber Kercmar and Jennifer Struck.

The Cougars plated four runs in the last of the fifth in game one to score a mercy-rule win. They scored at least one run in every inning but the third and outhit the Vikings, 12-10.

McMurrin (2/4) delivered a grand slam in support of winning pitcher Schroeder.

Rappe went 3 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs, and Ullom had a pair of hits and runs batted in.

Brown (2/2), Kercmar and Kelsey Sorensen produced one RBI apiece.

At Klickitat 9-5, Lyle 7-3 --

Senior right-hander Jaecee Ramsay won both ends of the GCB double-header May 7 as the Vandals pulled into a tie for first place in the standings.

Klickitat (8-4, 9-6) pushed two runs across in the bottom of the seventh to win game one, despite being outhit, 7-3.

The Cougars abetted the Vandals' cause by misplaying the ball eight times behind losing pitcher Mitzi McMurrin.

McMurrin led Lyle with two hits. Amber Kercmar was 1 for 3 with a run-scoring double. Jennifer Struck and Tonya Schroeder tallied RBI singles.

In game two, the Vandals again scored two runs in the last of the seventh to pull out a victory, this time against Schroeder.

The right-hander allowed just six hits, but was victimized by five Lyle fielding miscues.

Ramsay also scattered six hits, and her backing defense played an error-free seven innings of ball.

Sarah Billette and Tara Rappe each had two of Lyle's hits; Billette drove in two of Lyle's three runs.

Klickitat 3-10, at Mabton 5-8 --

The Vikings stole the opener by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh May 6.

Mabton outhit Klickitat, 7-3, led by Rosa Galvan, who went 4 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs against losing pitcher Jaecee Ramsay.

In the nightcap, Ramsay surrendered 11 Mabton hits but helped herself out by going 2 for 4 with a three-run triple.

Senior Naomi Vitale also rapped two hits for the Vandals, who had six hits overall.

The Vandals took control of game two with a six-spot in the top of the second for a 6-2 lead.

Mabton pulled within a run at 6-5 in the fourth, but Klickitat doubled the score to 10-5 with four runs in the top of the fifth.

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