Lyle/Wishram and Klickitat split a Greater Columbia 1B League fastpitch double-header in Dallesport on April 30, but the results did not alter the league standings.
Klickitat (3-1 in league, 7-8 overall), which swept Lyle/-Wishram (1-3, 7-9) on April 16, dropped last Tuesday’s first game, 7-5, in a contest that pitted the Vandals’ Chelci Curtis against Dieryon Lacock of the Cougars.
“In the first four innings, we left the bases loaded,” said Vandals Coach Yvette Schultz. “That’s a killer.”
Lyle/Wishram trailed 3-0 after one inning and 4-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, thanks in part to eight fielding errors. The Cougars changed the complexion — and the eventual outcome — of the game with a five-run rally in their half of the sixth.
The Cougars finished the game with eight hits off Curtis, who struck out six and walked three. Mercedes Beck went 3 for 3 with two runs batted in, and Marissah Lacock was 1 for 4 with two RBIs.
MaeLynn Luke contributed a run-scoring triple, Holly Doolin hit a run-scoring double, and Kayla Rice had an RBI single.
Dieryon Lacock, pitching to Marissah Lacock, earned the win for the Cougars with a complete-game performance. She allowed nine hits, six walks, and five earned runs, and struck out five.
For Klickitat, Lara Parsons went 3 for 5 with a triple and an RBI, Nicolle Oldfield was 4 for 5 with a double, and Curtis hit a run-scoring double.
Game two turned into a slugfest that Klickitat won in eight innings, 20-15. The Vandals outhit the Cougars, 22-10, while the teams combined for 11 to 16 errors, depending on which dugout was calling the shots.
Lyle/Wishram held a 5-0 lead after one inning, and led 13-1 after two (thanks to four walks and seven hits off a suddenly wild and hittable Curtis), and 15-7 after four. But that was as good as it got for the Cougars.
Klickitat’s Curtis faced no more than four batters per inning after allowing a two-run triple to Lacy Carse in the third inning. Moreover, the Vandals went on an offensive spree following a team timeout called by Curtis and her batterymate, Cassie Clack, scoring 13 un-answered runs over the final four innings. The Vandals tied it at 15-all with a run in the top of the seventh, then won it with a five-spot in the eighth.
Oldfield (double, triple) and Curtis (double) each went 5 for 6 in game two with five RBIs. Parsons was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Bailey Green was 2 for 5 with an RBI, and KeAndra Kessigner was 3 for 5, and Cassie Clack finished 2 for 4 with a double.
Carse paced the Cougars’ offense, doubling and trip-ling in five at-bats and knocking in five runs. Man-dy Solomon (3/6, triple), Doolin (2/6, double), Beck (1/5), and Marissah Lacock (1/4) drove in a run apiece.
At Columbia 6, Lyle/-Wishram 1: The Bruins led last Thursday’s non-league game at Bruin Ballpark from start to finish. Columbia collected 11 hits in the game to back winning pitcher Chel-sea Cox’s complete-game performance. Cox scattered six hits over seven innings and didn’t let two CHS errors faze her.
Nicky Anderson tallied two hits in four at-bats, and Marissah Lacock, Mandy Solomon, Mercedes Beck, and Morgan Machado each had one for the Cougars.
Columbia scored two in the second, two in the fourth, and two in the sixth, and limited Lyle/Wishram to a run in the fifth.
Next up: Klickitat and Lyle/Wishram will be in action on Friday, May 17, at a single-elimination regional tournament at Ellensburg High School.
Two teams — out of four competing for berths — will advance to the May 24-25 state tournament at Yakima’s Gateway Sports Complex.
Klickitat has secured the GCB’s No. 1 seed and will play the first seed from the Central District. Lyle/Wish-ram will take on the Central District’s second seed in the other preliminary. First pitch on the 17th is set for 2 p.m. The winner of Klickitat’s game will go to state as the No. 1 entry. The loser will play the winner of Lyle/-Wishram’s game for the No. 2 berth.