CBC softball splits with Spokane

April 5, 2013 

If the Department of the Treasury is hiring, they may want to start looking at the Columbia Basin College softball team.

For one thing, they sure know how to cut a deficit.

The Hawks (14-8 overall, 7-3 NWAACC East) came through with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 2 to beat Spokane 5-4, salvaging an NWAACC East doubleheader split Friday in Pasco.

“We know we can score, and we’ve shown we have a never-give-up attitude,” CBC coach Adrian Ochoa said. “It would be nice to score these runs earlier so it didn’t have to come down to the last at-bat.”

Brenda Rodriguez tossed a complete game and came up with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth with the Hawks trailing 4-3. The Othello graduate then lined a 1-0 pitch from Spokane’s Lindsey Walchli to the left-center field gap, scoring Hannah Sams and Bailey Walthers to win the game.

If not for a few baserunning blunders in an 8-6 Game 1 loss, CBC might have earned a sweep.

“We ran ourselves out of a couple big scoring opportunities,” Ochoa said. “If we were able to plate a couple of runs, it would have changed our approach in the final innings.”

Breann Warren and Lauren Stewart each hit a pair of home runs for Spokane in Game 1.

Walthers led CBC’s offense, going 5-for-6 on the day with a pair of doubles, three runs and four RBIs. Ashlen Ayers added a two-run home run in the opener.

Spokane 010 001 6 — 8 13 0

CBC 030 000 3 — 6 7 1

Nicole Lane and Megan Skillingstad; Brenda Rodriguez, Gabby Meza (6) and Miranda Martinez. Highlights—Bailey Walthers (CBC) 2x2, 2B, 4 RBI; Ashlen Ayers (CBC) 2-run HR; Hannah Sams (CBC) 2B; Breeann Warren (S) 2x4, 2 HR, 4 RBI; Stewart (S) 2x3, 2 HR.

Spokane 200 200 0 — 4 4 0

CBC 100 001 3 — 5 9 1

One out when winning run scored. Lindsey Walchli and Warren; Rodriguez and Martinez. Highlights—Walthers (CBC) 3x4, 2R; Ayers (CBC) 2x4, RBI; Rodriguez (CBC) 2x4, walkoff 2B, 2 RBI; Martinez (CBC) 2x3; Fitzsimmons (S) HR.

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