Epic comeback propels Colville past Lakeside

Chris Cowbrough
Staff Writer

In a wildly entertaining Northeast A League softball game last Thursday at Vaagen Park between host Colville and heated rival, Lakeside, the Indians came from way behind to record an important 9-8 Northeast A League win (nine innings)
Alyssa Fisk’s misplayed bloop bunt between the plate and the pitcher’s circle was thrown into rightfield. That allowed Kate McKern to score the winning run from second base.
It’s been awhile since any field or court in Colville has seen that kind of drama. This one had it in spades.
Colville pitcher Gracie Schauls had a big day, going the distance in the circle and hitting two home runs (three RBIs).
Trailing 2-0, Schauls got CHS on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning with a leadoff solo home run over the rightfield fence to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Indians weren’t through.
Kaitlyn Petrey’s two-run home run in the same inning gave Colville a 3-2 lead in a game that saw the two teams combine for 22 hits (11 apiece).
Perennial State 1A powerhouse Lakeside bounced back with four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a commanding 8-4 lead.
But Colville kept battling.
Shortstop Rylee Merritt’s solo home run over the centerfield fence in the sixth inning cut the deficit to 8-4 and set the state for Colville’s dramatic rally.
With one out in the seventh, centerfielder Baylee Main drilled an opposite field double into the gap in left-centerfield that plated two runs and cut the LHS lead to 8-6.
Colville wasn’t through.
Schauls tied it up with a two-run home run over the centerfield fence.
Game on.
The eighth inning was scoreless.
CHS, who struggled at times defensively and with mental miscues (four errors), came up big defensively in the top of the ninth. An infield pop-up and a Lakeside base-running blunder led to an inning ending double play with a runner on second base.
That set the stage for the dramatic ninth inning.