Tuesday’s College Softball: Brooks and Carlson Power Blazers Past Clackamas
By The Chronicle
CLACKAMAS — Dakota Brooks and Jamie Carlson gave the Trailblazers all they could ask for out of their go-to defensive battery here on Tuesday as Centralia College dropped Clackamas by scores of 14-7 and 10-8 in NWAC South Conference softball action.
Brooks and Carlson refused to restrict their contributions, though, as each hitter took turns leading the way in successive games.
In the first game it was Brooks who swatted four hits, including a double, and three RBI. She was flanked by Carlson’s three hits, including two doubles, and two runs batted in, while Olivia Dean added three hits and three RBI. McKenna Smith got in on the hit-a-thon as well with two doubles and two RBI.
In the circle Brooks was nearly as potent. She pitched all seven innings for the Trailblazers, doling out nine hits, three walks and a dozen strikeouts in the win.
In the second contest Carlson led the way for the Blazers with a three run home run and four RBI. Brooks added three hits, one of which was a double, and two RBI. Olivia Dean added three hits, a double and a RBI, while McKenna Smith and Jayden Benson each whacked doubles.
Jaedyn Shaughnessy started the game pitching for Centralia and gave up seven runs on six hits in four innings of work. Brooks entered in relief in the fifth inning and allowed just two hits and one run while striking out four Cougars the rest of the way.
Carlson, as per usual, caught every inning of both games.
Centralia (25-11, 16-7 league) will play at Grays Harbor at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
BLAZERS 14, COUGARS 7
Centralia 004 090 1 — 14 15 0
Clackamas 004 110 1 — 7 9 1
Batteries: Centralia — Dakota Brooks and Jamie Carlson; Clackamas — Katie Ragsdale, Anika Heidt (4), Sammie Brackmiller (5) and Brittany Hays
BLAZERS 10, COUGARS 8
Centralia 220 330 0 — 10 13 1
Clackamas 040 030 1 — 8 8 2
Batteries: Centralia — Jaedyn Shaughnessy, Dakota Brooks (5) and Jamie Carlson; Clackamas — Sydney Rusin, Miranda Jensen and Nathalie Munson