MOSES LAKE — There was no complacency to be found in Moses Lake’s penultimate regular-season doubleheader.
Despite two crucial games with West Valley that will determine the Columbia Basin Big Nine title and No. 1 district seed 48 hours away, Moses Lake had time to 10-run Eisenhower twice to reclaim the league lead. The Chiefs rode a couple of 5-run first innings on their way to two 11-1 victories over the Cadets.
“We were focused on one game at a time, of course, but we know that there’s big games on Friday,” junior pitcher Savannah Ashley said. “So we’re just trying to get as much — I don’t know — reps in and working really hard to keeping our momentum going until then.”
In the mean time, the Chief bats teed off on the Cadets’ pitching.
Eisenhower outfielder Jackie DeGrasse led off Game 1 with a homer. From there, it was all Moses Lake.
After loading the bases in the home half of the first inning, Harley Raymond hit a bases-clearing triple and Hadleigh Cranston followed with an RBI double. The 1-0 deficit was suddenly a 5-1 advantage.
Up 9-1 in the fifth inning, Michelle Turner doubled home Sydney Ries and Gina Skinner drove in Turner to end the game.
Skinner shook off the early home run to only allow that lone hit in five innings. Skinner was also 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs from the plate.
“The pitching was right there,” Ashley said. “We were just seeing the ball well, I guess, and we’ve been seeing that kind of pitching the whole season.”
Moses Lake climbed out of another 1-0 hole in the second game with five runs in the first inning.
Offensively, the Chiefs got going again in the fourth inning behind six consecutive hits with two outs. Sydney Ries extended the inning with a triple and scored on an Ashley double. Brooklyn Bailey and Madison Olson followed with a pair of hard-hit RBI singles and Laurissa Martinez nearly missed leaving the yard with an RBI double off the left-field fence. Cranston pushed the lead to 11-1 on an RBI single into center field.
Game 2 moved at a brisk pace as Ashley, like Skinner, allowed only one hit. Ashley struck out five batters and retired 13 consecutive after the Cadets scored in the first inning. She was able to induce several ground balls to the left side of the infield.
“I just know my defense is going to be there to back me up no matter what and it kind of gets my energy up and it makes me more positive about everything,” Ashley said.
E 1 0 0 0 0 — 1
ML 5 3 1 0 2 — 11
E 1 0 0 0 0 — 1
ML 5 1 0 5 X — 11
Big Bend 2-5, Yakima Valley 4-4
YAKIMA — Big Bend stayed in the playoff hunt with a crucial split at second-place Yakima Valley.
The Vikings lost the first game 4-2 before rallying from a 4-1 deficit to take the second 5-4.