Wednesday’s College Softball: Centralia Drops Doubleheader to Clackamas

Images from a NWAC South Conference softball game between Centralia and Clackamas at Borst Park in Centralia on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

By The Chronicle

Clackamas had the bats working against Centralia at Borst Park on Wednesday, as the Cougars tallied 29 runs in two games to sweep a NWAC South Conference softball doubleheader.

Clackamas won Game 1, 11-7. Centralia’s Dakota Brooks pitched the complete game, allowing 11 runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts.

Brooks helped her cause at the plate with a double and a run. Katie Gleasman hit a two-run home run in the third inning. Britzy Hockett was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run and Jayden Benson was 2-for-4 for the Blazers.

Clackamas took a 2-0 lead after two innings, but the Blazers cut the lead to 3-2 after three innings after Gleasman’s home run. The Cougars scored two runs in the fifth before the Blazers answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Clackamas scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull ahead 11-3, but Centralia didn’t go away. Hockett hit an RBI single followed by a Brooks RBI groundout. McKenna Smith hit a two RBI single but Carlson was gunned out at third to end the inning.

Clackamas was able to hang on in the seventh for the win.

“I thought we came out flat and it took us a while to get going. Once we got going, we were fine,” Centralia coach Kevin Slorey said. “We just came out flat and took us too long to get going. I’m not really sure, it just seems like that happens some days.”

The second game had a lot of offense, with the Cougars winning 18-17. Clackamas led 15-7 after four and a half innings, but the Blazers plated eight runs in the fifth to even the score at 15.

The first pitch of the sixth was a home run for the Cougars and they added two more runs in the top of the sixth for a 18-15 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Centralia tried to mount a comeback and with two outs, Shelby Levang hit a two-run home run to cut the lead to 18-17. Clackamas was able to get a ground out on the next batter to end the game.

“The positive is we were down by eight runs twice and we came back and tied it so that was positive,” Slorey said. “We didn’t give up. That was the main thing was we kept fighting and fighting but we just couldn’t get over the hump.”

Centralia (13-6, 8-3) travels to Oregon on Saturday to take on Mt. Hood at noon in a South Conference doubleheader.

At Centralia

Game 1

COUGARS 11, BLAZERS 7

Clackamas 021 026 0 — 11 11 0

Centralia 002 014 0 — 7 8 0

Batteries: Clackamas — Rugsadle, Brauckmiller (7) and Munson; Centralia — Dakota Brooks and Jamie Carlson

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