Lacey Padilla fouled off 11 pitches during a 19-pitch at bat in the bottom of the seventh inning before singling to right field to drive in Miranda Martinez with the winning run during Columbia Basin College’s 9-8 win Saturday over Olympic Community College in the NWAACC Preseason Tournament at Columbia Playfield in Richland.
What a way to open the season for the Hawks, who then shut out Shoreline 10-0 in the second game thanks in part to a three-run homer by Maddie Chambers and a three-run double by Caitlyn Stevens.
“I’m pretty happy. We hit the ball pretty well,” said CBC coach Adrian Ochoa, who wasn’t sure of the last time he’d seen a player fight off so many pitches in a single at bat.
“It’s been a long time, if ever,” he said. “I liked the way we came back. We went down 8-4 and found a way to battle back with four in the bottom of the seventh. In Game 2 we just hit the ball hard, and Gabby (Meza) threw a great game.”
Padilla finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs against Olympic, with Ashlen Ayers and Miranda Martinez each adding three hits. Chambers’ homer led the charge in the nightcap, but Bailey Walthers, Brenda Rodriguez, and Joanna Quezada each had two hits while Meza tossed six innings of one-hit ball.
Olympic 000 044 0 — 8 10 1
CBC 040 001 4 — 9 16 2
Two outs when winning run scored. Anderson and Marshall; Brenda Rodriguez, Gabby Meza (6) and Joanna Quezada. Highlights—Ashlen Ayers (CBC) 3x4, 2B; Hannah Sams (CBC) 2x4; Rodriguez (CBC) 2x4; Miranda Martinez (CBC) 3x4; Lacey Padilla (CBC) 3x4, 3 RBI.
CBC 030 034 — 10 11 0
Shoreline 000 000 — 0 1 0
Meza and Martinez; Kelly and Brewer. Highlights—Bailey Walthers (CBC) 2x2, Rodriguez 2x3; Maddie Chambers 2x3, 3-run HR; Kelsey Randich (CBC) 2B; Quezada 2x2, 2B; Caitlin Stephens (CBC) 3-run 2B.
Other tournament scores: Treasure Valley 10, Chemeketa 4; Pierce 6, Blue Mountain 3; Lower Columbia 12, Big Bend 3; Grays Harbor 20, Treasure Valley 11; Mt. Hood 5, Blue Mountain 4; Everett 5, Big Bend 0; Walla Walla 11, Chemeketa 3; Yakima 8, Olympic 3; Spokane 11, Pierce 0; Wenatchee 9, Lower Columbia 0; Walla Walla 13, Grays Harbor 6; Shoreline 5, Yakima 1; Mt. Hood 10, Spokane 2; Wenatchee 7, Everett 2.