Against national contender, Pios fall by one

Against national contender, Pios fall by one

LA VERNE, Calif. — Against the perennial national contender La Verne Leopards, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers allowed one runner to reach scoring position on Sunday afternoon. Despite a solid defensive performance and outstanding pitching from Megan Anderson, the one La Verne runner ended up scoring in a 1-0 loss for the Pioneers at Campus West Stadium.

Shelby Tevis hit a double to score Rachel Ogata, who had led off the sixth inning with a walk, to provide the game's only score. It was the only run and one of two walks allowed by Anderson in a complete-game outing. She gave up five hits.

"We were definitely the better team today and it didn't show on paper," said head coach Shawna Cyrus. "We had so many runners in scoring position and just couldn't push one in.

"Megan threw such a great ballgame. They had only one runner get to second and it was the deciding one."

Lewis & Clark stranded six runners as five Pios had hits. Paige Salavea stole two bases and Stephanie Garcia took one. Neither team committed an error.

Salavea singled and stole second to open the first inning, eventually stealing third with two outs. The second strikeout of the inning ended the threat for the Pios. In the third, Garcia hit a single and stole second with one out before two flyouts closed out the inning. Two innings later, Zoe Juarez singled to lead off and moved to second with one out. Salavea lined out before Lisa Kumasaka grounded out and the Pios came up empty again. Sydney Cross led off the sixth inning with a single and moved to second one batter later. With two outs and Cross on third, the Frankie Warden flied out. Lewis & Clark went 1-2-3 in the seventh.

"I am beyond proud of this team," said Cyrus. "La Verne is the top program in southern California and we are right there with them, if not better. We are excited to get back home and get some more wins under our belt next weekend."

La Verne has finished with a 62-25 record over the last two years and was ranked in the top 7 in the West Region at the end of last season. Katheryn Navarro threw a complete-game shutout with five hits allowed and seven strikeouts for the Leopards.

Ana Zimmerman had a sacrifice for the Pioneers, while Hannah Urbach drew the Pios' only walk.

The Pioneers open the home schedule at the Huston Sports Complex on Saturday against Northwest.

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