Softball wins one, loses three in Lacey

By Eddie Mabanglo - Staff Reporter

The Highline softball team was mercy-ruled twice in one day, then split the next two games for a 1-3 record over the weekend.

Highline's season so far has been bizarre to say the least. Only half of the games at his point have been played to completion, with the other half coming to a screeching halt due to mercy-rule or lack of sufficient light.

In the March 8 match-up against Lower Columbia, High- line was on the receiving end of a one-hitter shutout. The single hit came from shortstop Shaily Mo- ses in the top of the third inning.

Lower Columbia's Trinity Naugle went all 5 innings on the mound before the game was called, ending the game with 11 strikeouts, one allowed hit, and one walk.

Highline pitcher Kalea Smith took the loss. She went the ma- jority of the game, striking out four before being relieved in the bottom of the 5th inning by Soraya Seumalo.

With the exception of the shutout, Highline has not had a major issue with batting so far in the season. The Thunderbirds scored 20 runs in their first game, and 11 in their most recent win.

Smith said that a stronger de- fensive outing is all the team needs to start reeling in more wins.

"We just need to clean up our defense a little bit more and

then I think we will be solid," Smith said. "Other than that, we have been doing very well with everything else."

The March 8 game against Big Bend illustrates Smith's point well. Offensively, High- line played a solid game.

Alyssa Avilla hit a homer, Denise Nagayama and Ashlyn Fleek earned some RBI's as well.

Left-fielder Jordyn Judge and shortstop Shaily Moses were both able to draw walks from Big Bend pitchers Mayda Rei- flin and Bailey Christensen.

On the defensive end, how- ever, five fielding errors, plus allowing 14 runs in the first two innings plagued Highline early on. The game ended in the 5th inning by mercy-rule, 21-3.

Highline's starter was Syd- ney Wallstrum, who pitched for 2 innings before being replaced by Ashley Hendrickson.

Big Bend's starter was Mayda Reflin, who pitched 4 innings before being replaced by Bailey Christensen.

Highline faced off against the Clark College Penguins the next

morning. The game ended 7-2. Jordyn Judge and Ashlyn Fleek scored both of High- line's runs, Judge brought home third-baseman Alexis Royal on

a sacrifice fly.
Royal is currently tied with

Bellevue's Katie Noble on most successfully executed dou- ble-plays in the NWAC this sea- son. She is also tied with nine other NWAC players for the most times hit-by-pitch (3 times in 15 at-bats).

Sydney Wallstrum was on the mound for Highline, going all 7 innings and recording 3 strike-outs.

Wallstrum's biggest rival that day was Clark right-field- er Alexis Henderson, who went 2-4 with a homerun and 3 RBI's. Wallstrum was able to strike her out twice.

Later that day, Highline played against the Wenatchee Valley Knights. The won the game 11-10. The official box score and stats have yet to be re- ported to the NWAC by either team.

So far, Highline is 3-3. Over

six games they have scored 30 runs, with a batting average of .288 and an on-base-percentage of .352. Slugging percentage is .402. At the plate, Highline shows no lack of offensive ability.

Highline will host the Douglas Royals today with the first game starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, the T-Birds will host Everett for a pair of games also starting at 2 p.m.

On March 22, the Yakima Valley Yaks will host the Thun- derbirds for two games before Highline makes the trip to play at Shoreline College.

Highline returns home to play against the Olympic Col- lege Rangers on Friday March 29. First pitch is TBA.

Saturday, March 30, the Thunderbirds take on Ed- monds on the road, first pitch is at noon. Wednesday, April 3, the Bellevue Bulldogs host Highline starting at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, April 6, High- line hosts Skagit Valley. The first game starts at noon. High- line will also host Pierce College on Tuesday, April 9. First game starts at 2 p.m.

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