Blazer Softball Win Two on Saturday, Drop Two on Sunday

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Centralia College softball won back-to-back games on Saturday then dropped a pair of games on Sunday to finish the weekend 2-2 at the Chehalis Sports Complex.

Saturday

The Blazers kicked the weekend off with a 7-4 victory over Douglas.

Rochester High School alum Kiyah Kennedy pitched a complete game, striking out five and allowing four earned runs on 12 hits and a walk to earn the win.

Casey Wentz, Emma Ekp and Nikole Schock all went 2 for 3 at the plate to lead the Blazers’ offense. Kylie Baker scored three runs with three walks.

“We played very well against a good team to start off the weekend,” CC coach Payton Pocklington said. “We took away the small ball early and I think that was the key factor. 

“Kennedy threw the entire game and threw very well… (and) our bats were hot on Saturday.”

In Game 2, the Blazers edged Edmonds, 6-5, powered by two runs in the fifth to help CC take the lead for good.

Kennedy pitched 5.1 innings, striking out five and allowing one earned run on four hits and a walk. Paige Bryant tossed 1.2 innings, fanning two and allowing four earned runs on four hits and two walks.

Wentz was 3 for 4 at the plate with a run scored, while Kennedcy was 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Sydney Yates and Eko each scored twice.

“We played a tight game,” Pocklington said. “Edmonds is a good hitting team, and they will always compete. This is our fifth time playing Edmonds and they always come out and compete.”

Sunday

The Blazers tallied just four hits and couldn’t stem Treasure Valley’s offense in a 10-0 loss in five innings Sunday morning.

Bryant struck out two and allowed five earned runs on seven hits in three innings of work for the Blazers. Kennedy allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks in two innings.

The Trailblazers’ only hits came from Wentz (1 for 3), Baker (1 for 3), Yates (1 for 2) and Schock (1 or 2). Kaylee Ashley and Grace Hodel each walked once.

“Treasure Valley is a good hitting team,” Pocklington said. “We didn't come out hot or ready to go and they took advantage of that. We couldn't adjust soon enough and just couldn't come back from the run deficit.”

In Game 2, the Blazers were clipped by the Cardinals of Skagit Valley in an 8-6, walk-off loss to finish out the weekend.

Eko had a huge double in the fifth inning to put the Blazers up by two. But an error-filled sixth innings helped the Cardinals climb back in it and tie it up. 

Skagit Valley then hit a two-run, walk-off home run with two outs in the seventh to hand the Blazers the loss.

We played very well against a good team,” Pocklington said. “Skagit Valley is a solid well-rounded team. We came out and scored almost every inning and played very tight defense.

“Kennedy threw all seven innings and threw very well. We had multiple hits from Wentz, Eko, Kennedy and Schock.”

Centralia College (7-12, 4-5 West Region) next heads to Lower Columbia College for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. on Friday.