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Lady Raiders lose two to Okanogan Bulldogs

 

Sean Garvin slides into third base in the first game against Okanogan Saturday. She was called out. - Scott Hunter photo

Lady Raider Softball took on the Okanogan Bulldogs in Grand Coulee on the 16th. The Lady Raiders struggled in the first game. The Bulldogs jumped out and stayed ahead. The final score in the first game was Okanogan 13, LR 2.

In the second game the Okanogan Bulldogs jumped ahead quick on two three-run innings and a Paxton Wood home run.

Olivia Ludwig scored the first run for the Raiders in the second inning to make the score 4-1, foreshadowing innings to come.

"Our bats finally caught fire in around the fourth inning of the second game," Lady Raider Head Coach Cassie Wendt said.

The Bulldogs kept scoring and it was 9-1 going into the bottom of the fourth, when Lake Roosevelt came alive and went on a six-run streak to close the gap to just two runs.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Raiders scored another run to make the score 9-8. Neither team scored a run in the seventh, leaving the win to Okanogan 9-8.

Wendt said Sean Garvin, Tristen Adolph, Haley Neddo, and Lachelle Bearcub "were all great at the plate" and that "Tristen and Kourtney Harrington pitched very well on Saturday."

"We played a very good second game," Wendt said. "We brought back our energy and competed very well. ... From these games we know we can compete with anyone as we were one out away from tying the game in the seventh inning; we just ran out of time."

Looking back on the doubleheader with Okanogan, Coach Wendt also came away with these things the Lady Raiders need to work on going forward. "We definitely need to start our bats earlier in the innings." Also she said, "We need to play complete games, not just good innings."

The Lady Raiders took on the Oroville Hornets last night at Oroville. On Friday at home in Grand Coulee the Lady Raiders will take on the struggling Liberty Bell Mountain Lions at 3 p.m.

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