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Six remain in NWAC Softball Championship Tournament

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PORTLAND— In a winners bracket game, Cinderella Centralia would see its first defeat of the tournament at the hands of power house Mt. Hood led by sophomore All-American Kayla Byers who struck out 10 in a 5-0 victory. Centralia, the 15th seed, upset #2 Clackamas and #7 North Idaho on Friday.

In the other winner's bracket game, Douglas used a strong performance from Keeley Ainge in the circle to beat Bellevue 9-4 despite a late inning rally by the Lady Bulldogs.

The performance of the day would have go to North Idaho all-star Katie Barron who pitched 4 innings of shut-out softball striking out 6 while going 4-4 at the plate with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs in a 17-0 route of Walla Walla.

North Idaho's high note would quickly come to an end at the hands of Lower Columbia who after defeating Edmonds 9-5, used a 5 run 1st inning to cruise to a 9-5 victory. LCC's sophomore All-American Nicole Bolasky, who set the NWAC modern era stolen base record on Friday with her 65th steal, added three more on the day.

Wenatchee Valley would need a big 2-out 2 RBI single from Allie Kopczynski in the 7th to knock out East Region rival Spokane. The Lady Knights would fall short in the following game to number 2 ranked Clackamas and Kylie Gonzales who set a school record with her 16th home run. Gonzales, a sophomore All-American, tallied two homers in the game.

In the final games of the day, the rain finally reared its ugly head suspending play for the remainder of the day leaving two games unfinished - Centralia 3 Clackamas 2 5th inning and Bellevue 4 Lower Columbia 0, 2nd inning. Both games will resume 10:00am on Sunday morning.


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