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2007 NWAACC Softball Championship - Games 1-4

Game One Mt Hood 4-5-0 Grays Harbor 0-2-1 W- Gendron L- Sutera HR- MHCC- Rossman, Wilson Summary The number one ranked Mt Hood Saints overcame a slow start to defeat Grays Harbor 4-0 and advance to the second round Saturday. Head Coach Meadow McWhorter credited her sophomores for showing leadership when it was apparent the players had nerves. “They took the reigns and led the way.” McWhorter mentioned the Saints’ keys for the tournament and their first win were timely hitting and picking good pitches. Mt Hood (25-5, 41-5) advances to play Walla Walla (19-9, 37-16) Friday at 1:30 p.m. Grays Harbor (will play this afternoon against Olympic (22-14, 24-22) at 1:30 p.m. Game 2 Walla Walla 4-3-0 Olympic 1-4-2 W- Jones L- Wilkinson Summary Walla Walla got off to a fast start scoring three runs in the first inning to smother Olympic. Walla Walla Head Coach Mike Staudenmaier said the Warriors did not play well but that “a win is a win. We’ll take a win no matter what.” Staudenmaier credited his team’s poor play to the Olympic pitcher Brittany Wilkinson who kept the Warrior hitters off balance. Walla Walla (19-9, 37-16) advances to play Mt Hood Friday at 1:30 p.m. Olympic goes into the losers’ bracket to play Grays Harbor at 1:30 p.m. today. Game 3 Chemeketa-7-13-1 Pierc-2-7-3 W- Albrecht L- Pruitt HR- Chewning (CHCC) Summary Chemeketa took down the Western Region champs Pierce with strong hitting early and showed the overall strength of the Southern Region teams in this year’s tournament. The game was broken open in the by a two run homerun by Caitlyn Chewning in the second inning. Chemeketa (15-15, 28-20) advances to play Bellevue (31-5, 37-10) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Pierce (26-4, 36-13) will play Spokane (16-12, 22-21) at 1:30 p.m. today. Game 4 Bellevue 5-7-1 Spokane 3-5-2 W- Miller L- Coulter S- Andrews Summary Bellevue got the first game monkey off their back winning their first game of the tournament for the first time in four tries. Head Coach Leah Francis said their key was “Jumping out early and then putting the game in the hands of our pitchers. The pitchers did a great job. Holding Spokane to three runs is a good achievement.” Bellevue (31-5, 37-10) advances to play Chemeketa (15-15, 28-20) at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Spokane (16-12) will play Pierce (26-4, 36-13) at 1:30p.m. this afternoon. Friday’s Results Mt Hood 4, Grays Harbor 0 Walla Walla 4, Olympic 1 Chemeketa 7, Pierce 2 Bellevue 5, Spokane 3

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