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Prep Fastpitch Roundup

Cougars shut down Bruins in non-league encounter

Columbia High will try to salvage a split in its prep fastpitch season series with Lyle today with a single game on the CHS field.

The Class 2B Cougars won the first meeting, shutting out the 1A Bruins 14-0 last Thursday in a five-inning non-league game played in Dallesport.

Shelly Stanovich had three of Lyle's 12 hits and Brittney Johnson, Tosha Cloud, Jessica Struck and Kristen Stanovich each had two hits and drove in two runs for the Cougars.

Lyle finished with four extra-base hits, including three triples (two by Johnson, one by Shelly Stanovich).

Pitcher Kristen Stanovich got the win, allowing two hits, striking out seven and walking none. Moreover, Lyle turned in one of its best defensive efforts to date, committing just one error.

"We played pretty good in this game," Cougars Coach David Barthlow noted. "Our defense made the plays and supported Kristen's pitching effort."

At Sunnyside Christian 11-21, 1-15:

The Cougars opened Greater Columbia B League play last Friday with a pair of losses to the Knights.

Sunnyside Christian, which collected 12 hits and played error-free in the field, scored two runs with one away in the last of the sixth inning to earn a 10-run rule victory in the first game.

Cougars Coach David Barthlow said the difference in the game was the pitching of Sunnyside Christian's Tori Van Wingerden.

"She kept us off balance the whole game," Barthlow said of Van Wingerden, who scattered four hits and didn't yield a run until the sixth inning.

In the second game, the Cougars held a 12-10 lead after four innings but couldn't hold it.

Instead, the Knights pushed six runs across in the bottom of the fifth and five in the sixth to mount a nine-run advantage.

Sunnyside ended the game with 14 hits. Lyle, which totaled six hits, got two base hits and two runs batted in from Kristen Stanovich, and two RBIs each from Joelle Jackson and Shelly Stanovich.

"We took advantage of many walks and those hits were timely," Barthlow said, explaining how Lyle (3-5 overall) managed to score most of its 15 runs.

At Goldendale 7, Lyle 4:

Kiera Murphy had three hits and knocked in two runs during the Cougars' March 19 non-league loss to the Timberwolves.

The key to the game, according to Cougars Coach David Barthlow, was Goldendale's five-run first inning.

"We gave them five outs in the first inning and they capitalized on them by scoring five runs," he said. "After that we played pretty even."

Goldendale outhit Lyle 9-8 and made just one error versus six by the Cougars.

"We need to get rid of the errors," Barthlow said. "If we can do that, we'll do fine."

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