Waterville softball overcomes Hornets

WATERVILLE – The Oroville softball team scored a season-best 10 runs in its first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Waterville, but it wasn’t enough to get the Hornets in the win column as the Shockers claimed an 18-10 victory.

Waterville went on to win the second game in five innings, 21-2.

“(The first game) was a tight game, going the whole seven innings,” said Oroville coach Dane Forrester. “I see improvement with each game as the season progresses.”

Rachelle Nutt and Heather Galvan each had two hits and two RBIs, Justyce Olson and Kaylee Harris each had RBI singles, Fernie Perez had a hit and scored two runs; Tori King and Jasmine Nutt each walked and scored a run; Shelby Scott scored a run and had an RBI; and Celene Cisneros had a pair of walks and scored twice.

In the second game,Tori King walked and scored, and Justyce Olson added a run-scoring single to account for the Hornets’ scoring.

The Hornets (0-8, 0-6 Central Washington League North Division) host Bridgeport for a doubleheader on Friday, April 20, and host Pateros for one game on Tuesday, April 24.

Brewster 15, Oroville 2

BREWSTER – Two days after a tough outing against Waterville, Oroville played its best game of the season, staying within three runs of defending league champ Brewster until the fifth inning.

“Until the fifth inning Oroville … was holding their ground,” Forrester said. “Brewster opened it up in the sixth inning. The girls did well.”

Heather Galvan’s RBI single scored Kaylee Harris in the first inning, and Shelby Scott’s RBI groundout in the fifth scored Galvan for the Hornets’ second run.

Waterville 24, Oroville 4

OROVILLE – A disastrous second inning ended the Hornets’ hopes early on Tuesday, April 10.

After Tori King walked and scored to tie it at 1-1 in the bottom of the first, Oroville loaded the bases with two outs but was unable to take the lead.

The wheels fell off in the second as the Shockers ran up 19 runs to take command

King, Heather Galvan and Rachelle Nutt all scored in the second inning as Jasmine Nutt contributed an RBI single.

Rachelle Nutt, who had never pitched before the past couple weeks, struck out her first career batter in the second inning.

About Brent Baker

Brent is a reporter for the Gazette-Tribune. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent started work at the G-T in 2011.

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