Eliminate two big offensive innings for Salt Lake Community College and Western Nevada College played the 18th-ranked Bruins pretty even on Saturday.
The Bruins scored seven runs in the seventh inning to break open a tight game on their way to an 11-2 softball victory in the opener and followed that by erupting for eight runs in the second frame in a 10-1 win in game two at Edmonds Sports Complex.
By winning both Scenic West Athletic Conference games, the Bruins completed a four-game sweep of the Wildcats, raising their overall record to 17-3.
“We made some good adjustments in the first game and shifted our defense around a little bit to try to minimize their short game,” said WNC coach Leah Wentworth. “All day I was happy with the way we played. It’s tough to lose the second one the way we did. Salt Lake is able to string a lot of hits together. There were a couple innings in both games where we had a tough time getting their offense out.”
Right-hander Dakota Robinson was awarded the start against the Bruins in the opener and the freshman responded by throwing six strong innings before tiring in the seventh.
“What makes Dakota so effective is her curveball. She has good movement and spin, and it’s usually pretty tough for the hitters to get the barrel of their bat on the ball,” Wentworth said. “I felt she would be a good pitcher to use, being that they have a lot of lefty slappers and they were looking for that outside pitch to drive or put toward third base. She was able to get in on their hands a little bit and I think it was effective.”
Robinson surrendered nine hits and four earned runs. Seven of the Bruins’ hits off Robinson and reliever Kaitlyn Jimmy came in the final inning
Salt Lake snapped a scoreless tie by pushing across two runs in the fourth.
But the Wildcats responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Kacie Freudenberger triggered the rally with a base hit and went to second when Briauna Carter was hit by a pitch. Lauren Lesniak followed with a base hit to score Freudenberger and cut WNC’s deficit in half. The Wildcats pulled even with an aggressive double steal, which allowed Carter to cross the plate.
The Wildcats missed a chance to go in front after producing two more hits during the inning. Gabriella Canibeyaz followed a single by Britni Greninger with a base hit of her own, but Canibeyaz was thrown out trying to advance to second after a Salt Lake throw to third. “There were a couple of close plays at second base today that really could have gone either way,” Wentworth said.
Baylee Reeves came on in relief of Paige Reimann to fan Pamela Sakuma to prevent the Wildcats from going ahead.
The Bruins broke open the game by scoring seven runs in the seventh.
Melanie Mecham and Canibeyaz supplied two hits for the Wildcats.
In the second game, Bunderson homered off Nicole Lesniak in the first inning, putting the Bruins in front 1-0.
The Wildcats responded with a one-out single by Mecham in their first at-bat, but she was left on base.
In the second, Lauren Frailey’s two-run single increased Salt Lake’s lead to 3-0. Anderson and Bunderson also delivered RBI singles for a 5-0 lead. Those hits preceded a three-run homer by Gall. The Bruins’ second homer of the inning — a solo blast by Kogianes off reliever Kristina George — made the score 9-0.
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Reed sweeps Carson
Reed had no trouble with the young Senators, sweeping Saturday’s twinbill, 11-0 and 18-0.
The losses dropped Carson to 1-2 on the season heading into next weekend’s Victory TOC at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
“They were better hitting and pitching,” Carson coach Shane Quilling said. “They were the better team. We didn’t handle their good pitching.”
Julia Jensen and Alyia Lange combined to limit Carson to five total hits on the day. Reed also hit seven homers on the day.
In the opener, Reed had 11 hits off Makenzie Tucker, nine for extra bases.
Jensen started the opener in the circle, and struck out the first eight batters she faced. She finished with 10 strikeouts before turning the ball over to Lange in the fifth and final inning. Carson put the ball in play four times — infield hits by Brittany Baily and Gabi Winder, an infield out by Nicole Brown and a fly to center by Bailey Allen.
Alexis Gonzalez, Jensen and Alysha Imperato all had two-run homers.
In the second game, Jensen alowed three hits through three innings before Lange took over in the fourth. Winder, Sara Runge and Allen hit safely for Carson.
Jessica Sellars hit a grand slam for Reed.
Lauren Lemburg and Terryn Earle pitched for CHS in the second game.
Carson grabs two seconds
RENO — The Carson High boys and girls track teams each placed second in a three-way meet with McQueen and Wooster Saturday at McQueen.
McQueen won the boys meet over Carson, 104-59. Wooster was third with 17 points. McQueen outscored the CHS girls 90-70.5. Wooster was third with 22.
As expected, Asa Carter and Corey Reid led the boys.
Reid won the 110 high hurdles (15.2) and the 300 hurdles (40.4), and he was third in the pole vault (12-6). Carter won the long jump (19-5), the triple jump (41-0) and placed fourth in the 100 (11.5). Ian Schulz won the shot put (45-0) and the discus (152-2). Ian VanRensselaer was second in the 800 (2:09.4) and fifth in the 1600 (4:56.0). Aaron Woodbury took second in the triple jump (39-0 1/2), third in the long jump (18-6 1/2) and fourth in the pole vault (12-0).
Maddie Preston was a triple winner for the girls, taking the high jump (5-4), triple jump (35-8) and long jump (17-7). Freshman Abby Paulson won the 300 hurdles (48.9) and took third in the long jump (14-0). Athena Favero won the 100 hurdles (18.1) and took third in the 300 hurdles (52.1). Jessie Balkwell took second in the 800 (2:41.0) and the 1600 (5:49.0). Teresa Boehmer was third in the shot put (33-4) and Eveline Delgado was third in the 3200 (13:02) and fourth in the 1600 (5:59.0). Azlynn McFadden was third in the discus (109-0) and fifth in the shot (28-0). Carolina Gabica was second in the long jump (14-3) and fourth in the triple jump (31-0). Sahara Winder was second in the 100 at 13.7.
Dayton boys tie for first
with host Greenwave
FALLON — Dallon Mendoza, Benji Play and Zach Hawley won two events each to lead Dayton to a tie for the top spot with host Fallon at Saturday’s conference meet at Fallon. The meet results on Athletic.net were unofficial, as a couple of events had yet to be entered.
Dayton and Fallon finished with 87. On the girls side, Fernley was first with 79, followed by Fallon at 67 and Dayton at 65.
Mendoza won the 200 (23.74) and the 400 (52.12). Ply won the 100 high hurdles (16.0) and the high jump (6-4). Hawley won the shot at 56-3 1/2 and the discus (144-1). Ply also finished second in the long jump (18-9 3/4) and pole vault (13-0). Jesus Castaneda was second in the shot put (46-5) and third in the discus (127-2). Tobias Tapley won the 100 in 11.72.
On the girls side, Kaylee Turner won the shot put (35-11 1/2) and the discus (112-6). Rebecca Mason won the high jump (4-10), Sydney Strickler won the 100 (13.51) and Rachel Hadley won the 400 (68.33) and was fourth in the 800 (2:49.90). Kassie Strong was second in the discus (84-2), while Ashley Mason was third in the 200 (29.67) with Magaly Gonzalez taking third in the 400 (74.17). Catherine Bowling was second in the pole vault (6-0).