(GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent)
BATTING POWER IN THE GIGAWATTS: Cougar bats could probably supply Chewelah’s power grid at this point…
With the league season in the rearview mirror and postseason play not beginning for two weeks, the Lady Cougars initiated a six-game campaign against their former Northeast A League rivals in order to make up for games cancelled because of an enduring winter. The road trip started at Lakeside, where they split a doubleheader against the Eagles. On Friday, the Cougars drove to Riverside for a pair of short games, defeating the Rams 20-0 and 22-2, both in three innings. They finish this week with a doubleheader at Colville.
LAKESIDE 4, CHEWELAH 3
A walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a three-run tie to give Lakeside a 4-3 win in the opening game. With runners on the corners, Megan Isayev hit a single into right field to send home the winning run for the Eagles.
Although Chewelah out-hit the homestanding Eagles by an 11-8 margin, the Cougars were unable to stack their hits together to score sufficient runs.
Sobosky singled to bring Carpenter home in the top of the first inning to give Chewelah an early 1-0 lead in what became a see-saw battle. A two-run homer by Lakeside in the fourth inning put the Eagles ahead 2-1.
Chewelah scored the tying run but left the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning. Bailey Smith singled and was bunted to second base by Carpenter. She scored on a line drive single by Sobosky to knot the score at two runs apiece. Singles by Maddie Koler and Zandy Nelson then put runners on all three bases for the Cougars, but they were unable to bring any of them home. Consecutive singles by Smith and Carpenter gave Chewelah a go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning. Smith singled through the right side and stole second base. Carpenter then singled over second base to score Smith for a 3-2 Cougar lead. However, Lakeside doubled home the tying run in the bottom of the inning.
A double play ended a one-run Eagle rally in the seventh inning when Smith snagged a line drive at shortstop and threw to Nelson to double-up the Lakeside runner trying to get back to third base. The run scored earlier in the inning again tied the score, sending the game into an extra inning.
The Cougars left Erica Tindal stranded in the top of the eighth inning, opening the door for Lakeside to score the winning run in the bottom half of that inning.
Smith batted 4-for-5 and scored two runs to lead the Cougars at the plate. Sobosky had two hits and batted in two runs. Fuller threw all eight innings and was labeled with the loss.
CHEWELAH 7, LAKESIDE 4
Back to back deep drives by Baylee Sobosky and Maddie Koler in the third inning provided the runs Chewelah needed to win the second game. Leading 4-1, Sobosky hammered a double down the leftfield line to score Kennedy Robison from second base. Koler then stepped up to the plate and pounded the second pitch over the fence in deep centerfield. The three runs widened the Cougar lead to 7-1. Lakeside had a brief two-run rally in the bottom of the inning, but Chewelah kept the Eagles scoreless through the remaining four innings to notch the 7-4 win. Chewelah got on the scoreboard first with a four-hit first inning. Bailey Smith beat out a single on a slow roller and stole second base. Leah Carpenter hit a line drive double into the left field corner to score Smith.
Robison singled through the left side of the Eagle infield to put Cougar runners on the corners. Carpenter then scored on a single by Sobosky for a 2-0 lead. Lakeside responded with a run in the bottom of the inning.
The Cougars held a 2-1 lead going into the top of the third inning when Smith was walked and Carpenter got on base on a Lakeside error. Smith scored on a second Eagle error and Carpenter stole home for another run that gave Chewelah a 4-1 lead. Sobosky’s double and the home run by Koler then stretched the lead to 7-1. Carpenter and Sobosky both batted 3-for-4, and Bailey Smith had two hits. Abby Fuller threw all seven innings to earn the win in the circle. She allowed nine scattered hits but only one earned run.
CHEWELAH 22, RIVERSIDE 2
The three-inning mercy rule went into effect at Riverside last Friday as the Lady Cougars achieved a 20-run split to end both games against the Lady Rams.
Kennedy Robison batted 3-for-4, and Maddie Koler blasted a bases-loaded home run to support Abby Fuller’s no-hit pitching for a quick 22-2 victory in the opening game. The Lady Cougars scored eight runs in the first inning and 13 more in their third at-bat to cut the game short.
Chewelah’s first three batters got on base to begin the opening inning. Bailey Smith and Robison singled, and Leah Carpenter got aboard on an error. Baylee Sobosky was walked to send Smith home, and Koler’s grand slam over the right-centerfield fence cleared the bases for a 5-0 Cougar lead. Hits by Fuller, Robison and Erica Tindal scored three more runs for an 8-0 lead. Becca Bennett singled home another run in the second inning.
The Cougars scored 13 runs on only five hits in the third inning to end the game. A double and single by Carpenter along with singles by Robison, Sobosky and Bennett, batted in five runs. The rest scored on Riverside errors, walks and hit Chewelah batters.
CHEWELAH 20, RIVERSIDE 0
Likewise, the second game lasted only three innings as Carpenter threw a one-hitter and her teammates manufactured 20 runs in their three at-bats. Leading 3-0 after the opening inning, the Lady Cougars added 13 runs in their second trip to the plate and finished with a four-run third inning.
Home runs over the deep centerfield fence by Carpenter and Sobosky highlighted the Chewelah half of the second inning. The Cougars sent 19 players to the batter’s box and hammered seven hits to bring home 13 baserunners. Smith tripled into the left-centerfield gap to be on base when Carpenter hit the second pitch over the fence. Robison was holding down first base when Sobosky homered. Two singles by Zandy Nelson in the inning and one apiece from Robison and Jessie Macrae added to the Chewelah barrage.
Chewelah scored its three runs in the first inning without a hit thanks to four walks, a hit batter and an error. Nelson’s single was the only hit in the four-run Cougar half of the third inning as she batted 2-for-3 in the game.
Chewelah hosted East Valley here on Wednesday for a nonleague doubleheader. They then compete in district play on May 14-15 and 18 at Franklin Park in Spokane.
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