Indians go 1-2 at State

Chris Cowbrough
Staff Writer

A disheartening, inexplicable opening game loss to Nooksack Valley put a damper on Colville High’s one-day visit to the State 1A softball championship last Friday and Saturday at Columbia Playfields in Richland.
The Indians (20-4), co-champions (with Lakeside) of the Northeast A League this spring, accomplished a great deal this spring. Still, that 5-4 loss to Nooksack Valley will likely resonate for awhile.
That one was a total bummer.
Colville was able to bounce back from that disappointment to blast youthful Zillah, 18-3, before running into D-1 bound Amazonian fire-baller Shelby Jeffries in a Friday night loser-out game the Indians lost, 7-3.
Jeffries overpowered the Indians until the seventh inning and provided most of the Lady Turks’ offense with a grand slam home run and a three-run round-tripper.
In the opener, Colville was in control throughout and led 4-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. That’s when disaster struck and the Tribe simply was unable to pull out of their worst half inning of the season before it was too late.
Colville out-hit Nooksack Valley 12-5 and junior right-hander Gracie Schauls was in total control in the circle for the first six-and-two-thirds innings. She was pretty much untouchable until the seventh.
But you need to finish and Colville simply couldn’t.

CHS 4 12 1
NVH 5 5 1

CHS 18 15 1
ZHS 3 2 9

SHS 7 11 2
CHS 3 3 2