MILTON-FREEWATER — The McLoughlin High softball team ran the DeSales Irish ragged here Tuesday afternoon — stealing six bases and advancing on seven wild pitches to go with three passed balls – to win 6-2 in seven innings.
Mac-Hi took control in the fifth and sixth innings, turning a 3-2 advantage into a 6-2 lead. The Pioneers even pulled out a double steal, of second base by Jenny Field and home plate by Kaitlyn Slusarenko, in the bottom of the sixth inning to score their sixth run of the day.
In the previous inning, the Pioneers were busy tacking on the lead with a Field bunt single and her steal of second base before a passed ball advanced her to third. Catcher Brooke Kralman singled in Field and moved to second base on a swiped bag.
An illegal pitch moved Kralman to third and she scored on a wild pitch.
“We need to get our speed going, we haven’t been able to use it too much,” Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said. “We are on base, but have been lackadaisical. We’ve been working on our leads and jumping out to get extra bases. Today we didn’t have to lay down that sac bunt because we were able to get girls over with base running and pick them up.”
Mac-Hi trailed 2-1 in the third. The Pioneers responded with Field walking, stealing second, moving to third on a Kralman groundout and scoring on a wild pitch.
With one out, Shannon Carter struck out and got to first base on a dropped third strike. Carter moved to second and third on wild pitches and Stefanie Copeland scored her on an RBI groundout to Irish shortstop Teresa Acock to make it 3-2, Mac-Hi, after three innings.
The Irish built their lead on the strength of an RBI double and RBI groundout by Ashlyn Lyons in the top of the first and third innings.
The Pioneers scored their first run in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Abi Biggs that scored Brittney Erb.
The Irish plated runs in the first and third innings.
The Pioneers had four hits in the game — all singles — and by Slusarenko, Biggs, Kralman and Field. The Irish had three hits, two by Acock and a double by Lyons.
In the circle, the Irish’s Kaylee Brown went three innings, giving up three runs on one hit and walking three.
Lyons finished off the game, giving up three runs on three hits and no walks. The duo combined for four strikeouts.
Colette Robert went the distance for Mac-Hi, striking out eight while giving up three hits and two runs.
DeSales head to Garfield-Palouse/Tekoa-Oakesdale at 11 a.m. Saturday, while the Pioneers host Ontario at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Mac-Hi 6, DeSales 2
DeSales 101 000 0 — 2 3 1
Mac-Hi 012 021 x — 6 4 1
Brown, Lyons(4) and Mauiri. Robert and Kralman.
Hits – DeS: Acock 2, Lyons; Mac: Kralman, Biggs, Slusarenko, Field.