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Chs Softball Opens With Win

Good pitching, error-free defense, and timely hitting carried the day for Columbia High’s fastpitch team in its 13-5 non-league win over the Klickitat/Lyle/Wishram combine last Thursday, in Klickitat.

After cruising through the first three innings, CHS freshman Tayler Scarratt allowed five runs on three hits in the fourth inning, but settled down to throw three more scoreless frames. For the game, she yielded a handful of hits and two walks, and struck out one.

“She just kept making them put the ball in play, and our defense took care of the rest,” Bruins Coach Greg Holtman said, and added, “Our defense was rock- solid.”

Holtman praised the play of third baseman Brittney Wangelin and second baseman Hailey Cooper as particularly good.

“They had some hard shots hit right at them but they handled everything,” Holtman said.

Kylene Olin sparked the offense with a three-hit performance. She reached base five times (once each on a walk and a hit by pitch), scored three runs, and knocked in another three.

Cheryl Reetz got on base four times (three times via bases on balls), but did all of her damage in the top of the third inning, when she slug-ged a bases-clearing double as part of a four-run scoring spree.

The Bruins opened the game with five runs in their first at-bat. The key hit was a two-run single by Cooper.

Juliet Knowles and Wangelin had CHS’s other hits.

Marissah Lacock connected for three hits for KLW.

“For a first game, I was pleased with the performance,” Holtman said. “Our infield was tight; our outfielders did what they were supposed to do; our pitcher kept runners off the bases; and our hitters came up with hits when we needed them to. That’s a lot to like.”

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