Colville High continues unbeaten this spring.
The Indians of coach Jim Ebel, coming off a rainout weekend where they were scheduled to play at Clarkston, had three days off before a pivotal game last week at East Valley.
â€śWith that rainout at Clarkston, we had three days off,â€ť Ebel said.
Then last Monday, one day before heading to East Valley for a key Great Northern League softball game, the Indians turned in a clunker of a practice.
â€śWe were horrible,â€ť Ebel said. â€śIt was our worst practice of the year.â€ť
Not to worry. The â€śGamersâ€ť of CHS rolled over East Valley, 10-2, behind a 15-hit attack and right-hander McKenna Cabbageâ€™s 12 strikeouts and no earned runs. She also went 4-4 with a home run.
â€śIs that a game or what?â€ť Ebel marveled at the 2013 GNL Most Valuable Player.
Centerfielder and leadoff hitter Jessi Wittmeyer got the ball rolling in the first inning with a hard two-hopper that bounced off the third basemanâ€™s glove. She promptly stole second and third and scored on catcher Kayla Howesâ€™ ground out to make it 1-0 early.
Wittmeyer made it 2-0 in the third inning with a solo home run over the centerfield fence.
Leftfielder Miranda Tostenson singled and later scored on one of Cabbageâ€™s four hits to make it 3-0 through three innings.
The game stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth inning when East Valleyâ€™s first baseman lined a double off the glove of third baseman Emily Poling. She eventually came around to score on an infield error.
Colville got a run back in the sixth when rightfielder Chantel Nussbaum doubled off the top of the centerfield fence. Two outs later, shortstop Baylee Main drilled a double to score Nussbaum and make it 4-1 Colville.
But East Valley wasnâ€™t through.
A double and a relay from Nussbaum in the outfield that skipped past Poling at third got East Valley a run after it went out of play.
Leading by that slim 4-2 margin in the top of the seventh inning, Colvilleâ€™s bats responded in a major way. After a long 10-pitch, one out walk to Howes, Cabbage hit the first pitch over the centerfield wall for a little breathing room and a 6-2 lead.
Colville sent eight more hitters to the plate and scored four more runs to turn a tight game into a rout. Doubles by Hannah Smith and Bonnie Carpenter, singles by Donielle Howell and Nussbaum, all produced runs.
Ebel was just happy to have a win that looked much easier on the scoreboard than it actually was.
â€śOn the scoreboard, it looked like an easy game,â€ť Ebel said. â€śBut it was anything but that. Again, we had a tough time adjusting to slower pitching. We were swinging at high-rise balls out of the (strike) zone.
â€śWe have to have better plate discipline and keep trying to hit the ball to the opposite field to be successful against these junk pitchers. Thatâ€™s something we will be working on this week.â€ť
Colville is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Clarkston on Thursday. Thatâ€™s a make-up of a doubleheader that was rained out back on March 29.
The Indians are the road warriors this week with a single game scheduled on Tuesday, April 8 at Pullman (4 p.m.).
Colville will return home on Saturday, April 12 for a doubleheader at Vaagen Park against Cheney. The opener starts at noon.