WHITTIER, Calif. -- Ateisha Norton homered twice and Zoe Juarez also had two hits as the Lewis & Clark Pioneers used a hot start to open up to a big, early lead in their 8-4 defeat of the Whittier Poets in the first of a Saturday doubleheader
Lewis & Clark scored three in the first inning. Freshman Sydney Cross hit in Lisa Kumasaka after Kumasaka hit a double in her first at-bat. Norton homered after Cross stole second and the Pios moved ahead 3-0. Norton went deep again in the third and the Pios went up 5-1.
Kumasaka and Cross later added RBI themselves. Hannah Urbach had her first career extra-base hit.
"We came out today with a completely different mindset and overall presence," said head coach Shawna Cyrus. 'Our hitters had so many positive at-bats and confidence in the box."
The Pioneers pitched well, too. Savannah Dickson was credited with a complete game, but Megan Anderson came in during the fifth inning to help close out the win, according to coach Cyrus. Combined, the pair pitched gave up nine hits and four runs, while striking out three. (Corrections to the box score will be made as soon as possible.)
"The first game was just so much fun and intense, and it really showed our potential," said Cyrus.
Norton's four RBI nearly match her output from all of 2017, when she went homerless following at least a pair in her first two seasons. She now has eight career home runs.
Paige Salavea and Emily Drevdahl had multi-hit games as the Pioneers lost the finale, 12-6, to the Poets. Drevdahl added a pair of RBI on a first-inning double that seemed to show the Pioneers were picking up where they left off in game one.
After Lewis & Clark took a 4-0 lead on an error and a single by Salavea, Whittier scored four runs each the bottom of the second and third to lead 8-4. The Pios got two runs back on Zoe Juarez's two-RBI single down the leftfield line before the Poets answered with another pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Hannah Urbach had a stolen base, the first of her career.
Lewis & Clark concludes its southern California trip with a noon game against La Verne on Sunday.