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Lady Badgers get three victories in Northwest Colorado softball series

Lady Badgers get three

victories in Northwest

Colorado softball series

 

By Doug Johnson

Guest writer

Mar. 29, 2018

 

RANGELY, Colo.—The Lady Badgers from Snow College got back on the winning track by sweeping a three-game softball series against Colorado Northwestern College (CNCC) in Rangely, Colo.

 Snow dominated the Spartans, winning by scores of 4-0, 13-3 and 18-4.

The fourth game of the series scheduled for late on Friday, March 23, was rained out.

The series opener on Friday, March 23, was a pitching gem from Lady Badger sophomore Sydni Sorensen, who shut out CNCC on two hits while walking just two and striking out eight.

The Lady Badgers staked Sorensen to a three-run lead in the top of the first inning with centerfielder Sarah Sandberg’s two-run double doing the damage. Syd Wilson and Haylie Smith also doubled for the Lady Badgers in the game.

Only one time did the Spartans have more than one runner reach base in an inning against Sorensen, and only one Spartan runner reached third base safely in the game.

In Saturday’s opener on March 24, the Lady Badgers exploded for five runs in the second inning and four runs in the sixth as they overwhelmed the Spartans 13-3.

Snow pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of nine walks issued to them from the Spartans’ pitchers.

Lefty Riley Cleverly took the complete game win for Snow, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out six.

Wilson was three for four with a double for Snow with Smith, Dakota Hare and Torri Bills each getting two hits. Hare drove in four runs, while Wilson and Bills each drove in two. Brooke Brown also drove in two runs on a solo homer and a sacrifice fly.

Brown led the way in Saturday’s second game going five for six at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBI as the Lady Badgers stormed to an 18-4 win.

Bills added four hits of her own and scored four times. Sarah Sandberg had a pair of hits, including a third-inning grand slam, and fellow outfielder Jaden Smith also drove in four runs on a pair of hits, including a three-run homer.

Freshman Sadie Clark was the winning pitcher for Snow, giving up four runs with four strikeouts before giving way to Sorensen for relief work in the fifth inning.

Sorensen shut out the Spartans the rest of the way while striking out three.

The Lady Badgers are now 6-9 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference and will host 6-10 Utah State University–Eastern in a four-game series this weekend beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow.