Simpson goes 1-1 on day two of Northwest Open
Simpson University Sports News
CLACKAMAS, Ore. - The Simpson University women's softball team was in action on Saturday, Feb. 16, when they took part in day two of the Northwest Cup. The Red Hawks played twice, first against the T-Birds from the University of British Columbia and then against the Owls from Oregon Tech. The Red Hawks would split the games, beating the T-Birds in a come-from-behind 8-7 and then losing to the Owls 9-5.
In game one, the Red Hawks started Emily Stokes against Alana Westerhof of the T-Birds. The T-Birds started out on fire, as they scored two runs in the first inning and four more in the second inning to chase Stokes from the game. Stokes only lasted 1.2 innings and allowed six runs (two earned) on three hits. Katie Bell then came into the game to help stop the bleeding for the Red Hawks. The Red Hawks came storming back in the fifth inning, when they score six times. Chasteena Determan scored the first run on a wild pitch; Bryanna Esquivel scored on a Noel Montes walk; Ryan Norton doubled to score two runners; and Cherie DeJesus capped off the scoring with a two-run double of her own to tie the game at six. The Red Hawks took the lead in the sixth, when Morgan Davis scored on an error by the center-fielder. Davis then got an RBI single in the seventh inning when Montes scored. The T-Birds scored another run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Red Hawks held on to for the 8-7 win. Bell earned the win in relief, going 4.2 innings and allowing just one run on nine hits. Hayley Rodriguez earned the save. Davis finished the game by going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Norton, DeJesus and Shayley Madruga all added two hits each in the win.
In game two, the Red Hawks sent Carlye Avey to the mound to take on the Owls starter Taylor Schmidt. Davis got the Red Hawks started off well, leading off the game with a solo home run. The Owls responded with a run in the second, three in the third, and one in the fourth to take the 5-1 lead. The Red Hawk scored a run in the bottom half of the fourth, when Kara Wall scored on an error from the Owl first baseman to make the score 5-2. The Red Hawks scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning aided by three walks and a hit by pitch to tie the game up at five to send the game into extra innings. The Owls took full advantage of the international tie-break rule, scoring four times in the eighth. The Red Hawks were unable to answer and fell short 9-5.
Written by Dan Anderson
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