SPOKANE, Wash. – Maddy Thomas hit two home runs while Kaylie Lowery and Brynn Radke both raced for the inside-the-park variety to lead Whitworth to a 12-8 win over Lewis & Clark in the opener of a Northwest Conference softball series on Saturday at Diana Marks Field. The second game was suspended by rain with the Pirates leading 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
Play will resume on Sunday at 11:00 am. The teams will follow with the regularly-scheduled doubleheader. Whitworth (21-8 overall, 15-4 NWC) now officially has three games under suspension in 2019.
Lowery opened the game for the Pirates with her inside-the-park home run to right field. Her hard line drive skipped past L&C rightfielder Frankie Warden and got to the wall, allowing Lowery to race around the base paths untouched.
The Pioneers (11-20, 6-15) tied the game in the top of the second on Emily Drevdahl's sixth home run of the season. The Pirates answered with two in the bottom of the second, including an RBI single by Thomas.
Whitworth increased the lead to 8-1 in the bottom of the third. Sara Gayer had an RBI double and Michelle Silva added an RBI single before Thomas drilled her first homer to left-center. Radke followed with the Bucs' second inside-the-park home run of the game, this one down the left field line.
L&C got right back in the game when Sydney Cross hit a grand slam in the top of the fourth to get the Pioneers within 8-5.
Thomas hit her second home run of the game in the fifth, part of a two-run rally. She now has seven home runs in 2019. Morgan Portlock's RBI single was part of two runs in the sixth.
A throwing error by Silva allowed L&C to score its final two runs of the game in the top of the seventh inning.
Thomas finished 3-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Radke went 3-3 and scored twice.
Drea Schwaier-Wolf (12-3) got the pitching victory after allowing five runs on six hits in four innings. Rose Meshell finished up in the circle for the Pirates. Taking over in the fifth inning with L&C within 8-5, she picked up her first save by allowing one earned run on four hits in three innings.
Drevdahl (2-2) started in the circle for the Pioneers and allowed eight runs on nine hits in three innings. Megan Anderson threw the final three innings for L&C, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits.