RICHLAND — Grays Harbor College turned on the power to split its first two games in the Columbia Basin College Preseason Tournament on Saturday at the Columbia Playfields.
The Chokers outslugged Treasure Valley, 20-11, in their opening game, but fell to Walla Walla, 13-6, in the second contest.
Grays Harbor bashed 20 hits against Treasure Valley, an NWAACC Tournament qualifier last year, in closing out the contest in five innings via the eight-run mercy rule.
The Chokers sent 17 women to the plate in a 13-run first inning. Shannon Glenn and Jenny Benn each homered in a four-run third.
Aberdeen High graduate Glenn and Ocosta High alum Benn drove in four and three runs, respectively, for the Chokers.
The Chokers also started fast against powerful Walla Walla. Glenn’s three-run homer capped a four-run first.
Walla Walla, however, took a permanent lead with a four-run fourth and added five more in the fifth.
Amanda Anderson also homered for GHC against Walla Walla.
“We knew offensively we needed to put up some runs,” said Grays Harbor coach Tom Sutera, who said his club was short-handed in pitching. “They exceeded our expectations.”
The Chokers close out the tournament today by facing host Columbia Basin at 1 p.m. and Blue Mountain at 3.
TV 022 61 — 11 10 2
GHC (13)04 03 — 20 20 1
Hattrup, Weaser (1), Fritzler (2) and Martarano; Jenny Benn and Gilmore.
RBI: TV — Stover 4, Forsberg, Barger, Martarano, Carlson, Hyde, Rule. GHC — Glenn 4, Benn 3, Gilmore 2, Anderson 2, Hollenbeck 2, Garcia 2, Onasch, Swarts. Three hits: GHC — Rydman, Onasch, Glenn, Hollenbeck. Two hits: TV — Hoagland, Carlson, Stover. GHC — Gilmore, Anderson, Benn. Home runs: TV — Forsberg, Stover. GHC — Glenn, Benn. Doubles: TV — Stover. GHC — Rydman, Hollenbeck.
Winning pitcher — Benn (walked five; struck out three). Losing pitcher — Hattrup (walked two; struck out none)
Complete second-game statistics unavailable.
LACEY — Olympic College spoiled Grays Harbor College’s season baseball debut by sweeping the Chokers, 11-0 and 4-1, in a non-league doubleheader Saturday at the RAC Complex in Lacey.
The Chokers were guilty of three errors in the opening game, leading to six unearned runs.
Grays Harbor’s play was much improved in the nightcap, as Ryan Snyder and Tyler Hiles combined to pitch a six-hitter. The Chokers, however, mustered only three hits of their own, two by Jordan Churchill.
Skyler Wheeler walked and eventually scored Grays Harbor’s lone run on an error in the seventh inning.
“We just made some mistakes (in the first game). Some of them were mental but some were routine mistakes,” Grays Harbor coach Curtis Eccles said. “We need to hit the ball and score some runs and back up our pitching.”
The same two teams will meet in another doubleheader today.