Softball wins & loses big

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(Photo by JUDD WILSON) Spartan catcher and senior Jesi Huntley is a team leader behind the plate as well as a capable hitter. She got two hits and three RBIs in Priest River’s 9-1 victory March 30, and she had a single in a 12-2 loss March 28.

PRIEST RIVER — The Spartans shellacked the visiting Trojans from Troy, Montana 9-1 here on March 30.

The game came during a brief interlude between rainy days in an otherwise waterlogged spring. Priest River got off to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed during the game.

In the third inning, the Spartans opened up their lead to 5-0, and stretched that to 7-1 in the fourth. A few more runs followed in the sixth inning to make the final score 9-1. The Trojans never got into an offensive rhythm. The visitors recorded only two hits and got struck out by Spartan pitcher Tawny Nichols 10 times during her seven-inning, complete game outing.

The Spartans never had that problem though. Natalie Randolph, Jesi Huntley, and Elizabeth Downs each had two hits. Huntley notched three RBIs, and Antonia Martin and Downs each had two RBIs. Taia Butler and Nichols each reached base on walks twice. The Trojans compounded their defensive woes by committing four errors.

That victory tasted especially sweet after Priest River’s 12-2 blowout loss at Cheney March 28. Starting pitcher Rachel Akre and Nichols got blasted by the home team, giving up nine and three runs, respectively. The defense committed three errors compared to zero for Cheney.

Offensively, Heidi Janhsen, Morgan DeMent, Akre, and Huntley each hit singles, while Abby Barnes hit a double. The game was called after the fifth inning when Cheney had rolled their lead to 10 runs.

The team will travel to Kettle Falls for their next game April 13.

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