Saints sweep another South Region foe
|Mt. Hood CC Saints|
The Mt. Hood Community College softball team remained perfect in South Region play after sweeping a home doubleheader against Chemeketa on Tuesday.
Chemeketa started the scoring in Game 2, but Mt. Hood rushed in front with a four-run spurt in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed again on its way to a 7-5 win.
Nicole Powers hit a three-run dinger to right field, her third homer of the day, to push the Saints in front.
Chemeketa got its lead-off hitter on in the second, but she was quickly erased when Aidan Roderick turned a double play from second base. Shortstop Rebekah Roe retired the side when she took a couple quick steps to her right to snag a hopper for the third out.
The Saints took charge 6-2 in the bottom of the second when No. 1 hitter Kathryn Bradford slapped a two-run homer over the center fielder's head.
Chemeketa's Erica Anyanwu singled to lead off the fourth inning, but was quickly erased when Kennedy Jantzi gobbled up a grounder on the left side. Roderick turned her second double play of the game by firing a relay throw that buzzed the ear of Anyanwu, who came into second base standing up.
Joey Miller hit a two-out homer in the seventh to pull the Storm within 7-5, and Ally Wessel followed with a single to left field that brought the tying run to the plate.
Mt. Hood closed out the victory when Jantzi gloved a line drive in foul territory in front of the Saints' dugout.
Barlow graduate McKenzie Pierce pitched all 12 innings of the doubleheader, getting the bulk of her outs (23) on ground balls.
Chemeketa struck first in Game 1, as well, and the Saints found themselves clinging to a 5-4 lead before putting on a big finish. McKenzie Pierce and Nicole Powers hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning, and Pierce returned to the batter's box in the fifth and smacked a grand slam over the left-field fence to end the game early 13-5.
Six Saints came up with multiple hits in the opener, and the team combined to hit 17-for-28 (.607) with seven extra-base hits. Kathryn Bradford hit 3-for-4 at the top of the lineup and scored every time she got on base.
Mt. Hood improved to 12-0 in the South and is 3.5 games clear of second-place Centralia.
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