Chiefs sweep Eisenhower at home, remain perfect

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  • Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Madison Olson fives Moses Lake head coach Michael Hofheins as she rounds third after her fourth home run of the afternoon.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Hadleigh Cranston trots to the plate after knocking a home run in Game 2 for the Chiefs.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake’s Gina Skinner crosses the plate to score for the Chiefs in Game 2 against Eisenhower on Tuesday.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Madison Olson makes the hit for the Chiefs on Tuesday. Olson went 6-6 on the day, with four home runs.

  • Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Madison Olson fives Moses Lake head coach Michael Hofheins as she rounds third after her fourth home run of the afternoon.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Hadleigh Cranston trots to the plate after knocking a home run in Game 2 for the Chiefs.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake’s Gina Skinner crosses the plate to score for the Chiefs in Game 2 against Eisenhower on Tuesday.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Madison Olson makes the hit for the Chiefs on Tuesday. Olson went 6-6 on the day, with four home runs.

MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake slowpitch softball picked up another pair of big wins on Tuesday, sweeping Eisenhower at home, 21-2 and 16-1.

The Chiefs scored 13 runs in the first inning to open up a big lead in the first game, picking up the 21-2 victory after three innings. Madison Olson had a huge game, going 3-3 from the plate with three home runs.

Olson said going to the plate, she always just tries to remain humble, not swinging for home runs.

“I always try and go in with a good mindset and think base hits, home runs will come,” she said. “But you just have to think base hits. Fortunately, they went over.”

Piper Bradshaw, Harley Raymond and Gina Skinner all went 3-3 in Game 1 as well for the Chiefs. Skinner had a pair of doubles and triple, while Raymond added a triple as well. Brenna Rangel also went 2-3 from the plate for Moses Lake.

Eisenhower struck first in the second game with a run in the top of the first inning, before the Chiefs retook the lead with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Twelve more runs over the next two innings helped the Chiefs secure the win in three for the sweep.

Olson went 3-3 in Game 2 as well, knocking her fourth home run of the afternoon, with a double as well. Laurissa Martinez went 3-3 from the plate as well, while Skinner and Hadleigh Cranston both finished 2-3. Cranston knocked a home run and a double as well for the Chiefs, while Skinner picked up another pair of doubles in Game 2.

Moses Lake head coach Michael Hofheins said the approach has been the same since day one, try and get better every day and find a peak in the postseason.

“We’re hitting line drives, and it’s always nice when one of your players goes 3-3 with three home runs in the game,” Hofheins said. “But we cant rely on that. We’ve just gotta play sound defense, hit the ball hard and when they get hits, just get the next one.”

Winning a number of games this season already by a large margin, Hofheins said he talks to his players about “controlling what they can control.”

“I think our girls do a pretty good job of staying within themselves and not letting the score affect their effort,” Hofheins said. “When it’s a 20-2 game, I’m proud of them staying in it.”

A hallmark of his team, Hofheins said, is the group’s ability to be able to “turn it on” when the time comes, crediting their competitiveness in this sense. Getting big contributions from a number of different players already this season, Hofheins said that he told his team there are a number of ways to win.

“It doesn’t matter who’s doing it, it’s just that everybody doing it,” he said. “Our lineup’s kind of a murderers’ row, no question. But as long as they’re not trying to hit it out and hitting it hard, and swinging at good pitches, and hitting line drives, everything else takes care of itself.”

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