Kettle Falls High (4-4, 5-7) hopes to be back to full strength this week. The Lady Bulldogs, who have struggled for much of the spring to date, hope that getting their regular line-up back intact will spark a KFHS team looking for a boost as the Northeast 2B League heads down its stretch run.
In their only action last week, Kettle Falls dropped a non-league doubleheader at Priest River, 21-3, 6-2.
Kettle Falls traveled to Reardan (6-6, 6-7) on Tuesday in a key NE 2B doubleheader with the Indians. A doubleheader sweep by the Lady Bulldogs would move them into third place in the standings behind league-leading Colfax (7-1, 6-3) and second place Northwest Christian (5-1, 9-2).
Reardan is scuffling of late after losing starting pitcher, Chantel Heath.
Heath didnâ€™t pitch last Friday when host Lind-Ritzville/Sprague swept the Indians, 13-5, 19-9.
â€śWe need to put a run together,â€ť KFHS head coach Amy Owens said of her inconsistent team, the defending NE 2B and District 7 champions.
Kettle Falls was supposed to travel to Spokane and a doubleheader against St. Georgeâ€™s on Saturday. But the Dragons have dropped their program for the season because of a lack of players.
â€śWe could have used those games,â€ť Owens admitted.
In the twinbill loss to Priest River (7-3, 3-2) of Idahoâ€™s Intermountain League, not a whole lot went right for Kettle Falls.
In the opener, KFHS simply had no answers for hard-hitting Priest River (17 hits). The hosts kept the pressure on the Lady Bulldogs in the five-inning game, scoring three runs in the first and second innings before erupting for nine runs in the third and six more in the fourth.
Kettle Falls scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings.
Annie Anderson took the loss for Kettle Falls.
In the second game, Kettle Falls trailed 6-0 before plating a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Emily Owens doubled for Kettle Falls in the second game. KFHS had three hits.
Priest River had 12 hits (two for home runs) in the second game.
Anderson took the loss for KFHS.
On Saturday, Liberty swept Davenport, 4-3, 6-1 and Northwest Christian blasted Springdale, 17-5, 10-4.