PORTLAND — The WVC softball team recorded just two hits in its Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges tournament game Saturday against Douglas, but the Knights made those two hits count, and played some small ball to get the runs they needed to win.
WVC pulled out a 4-1 win at the Owens Sports Complex at Delta Park to advance in the winner’s bracket. The Knights will take on top-seeded Mount Hood today.
“We’re excited,” head coach Shelly Pflugrath said. “Looking at the box score, we weren’t impressive (offensively), but we hit a ton of balls hard at people, and we found a way to win.”
Riliey Culip hit a home run in the second inning to begin the scoring.
Becky Wall’s double started a three-run rally in the third inning as the Knights took a 4-1 advantage. In that frame, Rae Dorcas — the team’s cleanup hitter — laid down a squeeze bunt that resulted in two runs.
“Riliey sat on a change-up nicely,” Pflugrath said. “It’s huge for us to get an early lead; it settles everybody down.”
Hailey Bator scattered eight hits, but struck out eight and got out of a big jam in the sixth inning, allowing just one run.
“She’s a battler,” Pflugrath said. “She kept (Douglas) off-balance. She certainly doesn’t get rattled.”
WVC won its two Friday contests against Grays Harbor (6-2) and Columbia Basin (13-3).
East Region playoff
The WVC baseball team played three competitive, close games at the NWAACC East Region playoff on Friday and Saturday in Ontario, Ore. Unfortunately for the Knights, they came up on the short end of two of those games, and saw their season come to a close.
The Knights lost to Treasure Valley 8-7 in 16 innings on Friday, but rebounded to post a 2-1 win in a loser-out contest.
They weren’t able to extend their season further Saturday, however, losing to Yakima Valley 11-10 in 10 innings.
Against the Yaks, WVC tallied eight runs in the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead, but the Yaks answered back with two runs in the ninth inning on an error and wild pitch to tie the contest. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Shawn Waridan’s single scored Kyle Thomson with the winning run.
Lars Rider allowed five earned runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Justin Berneski hit a home run for the Knights, who received two hits apiece from Kyler Blades, Randy Fuller and Kevin Duncan.