HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark softball team played two non-conference contests at Hood View Park on Saturday, with the Pioneers dropping a heartbreaker to Southern Oregon before defeating Northwest Christian. The Pios lost 5-4 after nine innings in the opening contest and won the second game 7-6.
Lewis & Clark opened the scoring in the top of the first with an RBI single to center field by Tiana Rosario that scored Haley Robinson. Robinson led off the inning with a walk, before stealing second.
Southern Oregon countered in the bottom half of the inning with a single that knocked in Kelsey Randall.
Maddie Lee and Lindsay Yearman both came in to score for Lewis & Clark in the top of the fourth courtesy of a Nicki Burnett single to center. Trailing 3-1, the Raiders earned their first lead of the game in the bottom half of the inning. The scoring started with a solo homerun by Alexa Gonzalez, which was followed by a two RBI single to center field by Gina Ayala.
The Pioneers tied the contest in the sixth on single by Paige Salavea, which knocked in Yearman who had the innings only other hit.
In the bottom of the ninth, playing with the international tiebreaker, the Raiders capitalized on a Pioneer error to take the game.
Yearman ended the game 1-of-3 from the plate, coming in to score twice. Madison Hollenbeck picked up the loss, pitching the complete game for the Pioneers.
After the loss to Southern Oregon, the Pioneers struggled to get going in their game against Northwest Christian. Trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Pioneers finally found a way to get on the scoreboard.
Yearman pulled the Pioneers within a run with a double to center that allowed Hollenbeck and Hannah Dal Pra to score. Dal Pra started off the Pioneers half of the fourth with a single to right, before being moved to third on an error by the Beacons right fielder on a Hollenbeck hit.
Northwest Christian earned both runs, plus one back in the top of the next inning for a 6-2 advantage. Dal Pra cut the Pioneer deficit by two with a two run homerun to right field. The homerun picked up Rosario who was on second after a two out double to left.
Lewis & Clark pulled within a run in the sixth inning when Amanda Rabith singled up the middle to score Yearman from second. The Pioneers continued to trail by a run heading into the ninth inning. With one out, the Beacon pitcher walked Dal Pra, bringing up Hollenbeck. The senior calmly stepped up to hit a walk-off shot over the left field fence, picking up Dal Pra along the way to give the Pioneers the win.
Dal Pra and Yearman each finished the game 2-of-3 from the plate, while picking up two RBI.
Hollenbeck earned the win in the game after two innings of work. Sophomore Kalin Rooney started the game, pitching five innings and striking out two.
The Pioneers return to the field on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m. at the Huston Sports Complex for their Northwest Conference opener against Linfield.