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COLBERT — The Okanogan High School softball team split with Northwest Christian in non-league games Saturday.
The Crusaders won the opener, 2-1, before the Bulldogs won the nightcap, 12-10.
“We played good defense and got good pitching from Makenzie Norwill” in the first game, Okanogan coach Darin Radke said.
Norwill struck out eight, walked three and gave up two runs on two hits in six innings.
“We struggled at the plate against a good pitcher,” Radke said. “We took a lot of strikes early in the count and then we were behind in the count and trying to hit her pitch.”
Okanogan 1 - Brooklyn Bauer 1-3; Keeley Morris 2-3; Amanda Erks 1-3.
Okanogan figured out the Crusaders pitcher the second game, with Norwill, Keeley Morris and Sarah Gray each knocking out home runs.
“We came out with a much more aggressive approach at the plate,” Radke said. “We swung earlier in the count and began crushing the ball. It was nice to see the bats come alive while the girls made adjustments to how they were being pitched. We’ve got a bunch of girls that are new to varsity level softball, so they are learning on the job about the mental part of this game.”
Brooklyn Bauer pitched the second game.
“Northwest Christian is a quality team that played in the 2B state title game last year and only lost one player to graduation.”
Caribou Trail League action started this week, with Okanogan (3-2) at Tonasket (1-4) on Tuesday and Cascade (2-2) at Okanogan for a doubleheader Saturday.
Other CTL doubleheaders Saturday include Chelan (0-3) at Tonasket (1-4) and Cashmere (3-3) at Omak (2-2).
Okanogan (12) - Bauer 4-4; Norwill 2-4, 2B, HR; Morris 3-4, HR; Oules 1-4, 2B; Gray 2-4, HR.
REARDAN – Markie Miller struck out 17 in leading Brewster to a 9-2 win over Reardan in non-league play Saturday.
“The kids did a nice job executing bunts and getting timely hits,” Brewster coach Rick Miller said.
Reardan topped Brewster’s junior varsity, 16-9.
Quincy (3-3) is at Brewster (1-3) for a doubleheader Saturday.
Brewster (9) – Terrones 2-4, BB, 2R; Baker 2-4, 3R; Sonneman 2-3, 2R; Miller 1R; Carrillo 2B; Lewis 1-3; Vargas 2-3, 2 2B; Reyes 1-4, R.
HUNTERS – No scores were received for Curlew at Columbia in softball on Saturday.
Curlew (3-1) is at Republic (0-2) on April 15.
The Tigers have not played since March 29.
CURLEW – Curlew softball split with Mary Walker, taking the opener 14-11 before falling 15-4 in the second game of a league doubleheader Tuesday.
Kayleona Fanning pitched the victory, going five innings.
Lindsey Gibson got the save, working her way out of a jam in the top of the seventh when the Chargers scored three runs.
Fanning tripled for the Cougars, which finished with 11 hits to 12 hits for the Chargers.
Mary Walker finished with 9 errors to five errors for Curlew.
Hailey Gibson scored four runs and sister Lindsey Gibson scored three runs.
In the second game, Mary Walker needed only five innings to blast the Cougars.
Both teams committed four errors.
The Cougars finished with six hits to four hits for Curlew.