Pierce Raiders softball beat Highline Thunderbirds 8-0 for game one and 16-1 for the final game of the day.
At the end of the day, it was all about defense and mistake free softball. This was the first game between Pierce College and Highline.
“We have not seen [Highline] all year,” Raiders Coach Edmonston said before the game. “We’re going to take them seriously. You have to, and they have a great coach behind them.”
Edmonston’s words were taken to heart by an incredible pitching performance by Chantell Winter. Winter was dominating throughout and kept hitters on their toes. Her final line was an 8 strikeouts, 1 walk no-hitter.
Not all went the way the lady Raiders wanted. They had the bases loaded several times during the game but their lack of aggressiveness caused them to only score 2 runs. The Raiders had the bases loaded in the second, third and fifth innings.
“Softball IQ needs to work when in bases loaded situation. They need to react, not think when on the base paths,” Edmonston said. “They need to be running hard when there’s a force out at home.”
The second game of the evening was fast and furious with the lady Raiders scoring multiple times except for the final frame. The final score ended in a blowout, 16-1.
“It’s a win,” assistant coach Tiffany Qualls said. “The win is good but you can’t be satisfied though.”
The offense began the same as the first game with the first two hitters getting on base. KC Routos was feeling it Saturday. Routos raked two first innings doubles to have the Raides in front of the Thunderbirds 2-0 early.
Routos was also the starter for the game. She gave up a hit early in the first inning, but a nice double-play by Ashley Denbrock got her out of the inning. Routos finished with a line of 4 strikes, 3 hits and 1 run ball.
Ashley Denbrock, #12, SS: 4-8, 2 doubles, 5 runs, 2 RBI and 1 HBP
Katie Obrien, #33, 1B: 4-8, 4 runs, 3 RBI
The Raiders have a home game tomorrow, April 19 against Green River. Game time is 4 p.m. at Heritage Recreation Center (HRC) in Puyallup.
HRC Address: 9010 128th Street Puyallup, WA 98373. (253) 841-6358
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