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Saints survive in the seventh inning

Mt. Hood stays perfect on the season with a sweep over SW Oregon


by: SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hoods Teauna Hughes slides safely back to first base after surviving a rundown in the base paths. The Mt. Hood CC softball team came through in crunch time Sunday to extend its win streak to 18 games to start the season.

Trailing 1-0 going into its final at bats, the Saints put on the pressure when Ashlee Mueller and Megan Reed connected for back-to-back singles — Reed beating out a bunt that died in the dirt short of the pitcher’s circle.

The Saints amped it up a bit more by pulling off a double steal that put both runners in scoring position with no outs. Mt. Hood’s Morgan Entze drew her second walk of the game to load the bases, leaving SW Oregon starter Jessica Myers no room for error.

Saints’ coach Meadow McWhorter sent pinch-hitter Laura Lesowske to the batter’s box with the game in the balance. She came up empty on two swings, but rallied from down 0-2 in the count to draw a bases-loaded walk on a pitch inside.

Tied 1-1 with the bases still jammed, the Lakers called out reliever Samantha Burks, and she almost kept SW Oregon in the game.

Burks retired the next two batters, but had to face Mt. Hood’s heavy hitter Teauna Hughes to get off the field. Hughes hit a ground ball down the third-base line where the Lakers’ Jorden Gerlach stopped the ball with her glove. But with runners in motion and rushed to make a play, Gerlach had the ball slip out of her glove and fall at her feet. Reed sprinted across the plate. Game over. Saints win 2-1.

The game was scoreless heading into the sixth inning when SW Oregon took the lead after Hannah Lowe sent a lead-off double to center field and came home when a pick-off attempt went wild in front of the Saints dugout.

Mt. Hood avoided further damage in the inning when Mueller stepped up to meet a slow roller halfway down the third-base line stranding runners at second and third.

Kasidee Lemberger was the only Saint to finish with multiple hits in the game, while pitcher Kristen Crawford went the distance striking out four.

The Saints won the second game of the doubleheader 7-3, overcoming two deficits along the way before moving in front for good on an RBI-single by Lesowske in the fifth inning. Lemberger scored on the hit after leading off the inning with a double.

Kelsey Reams led the Mt. Hood bats by going 3 for 4 at the plate with two runs scored, while Hughes belted her ninth home run of the season. Crawford came on in relief and earned the win, giving up only three hits over the final 3 2/3 innings.

Mt. Hood (18-0) plays at Clark College on Wednesday.

View a photo gallery from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com