Viking softball starts season with two wins over Olympic

Viking softball starts season with two wins over Olympic

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The Lady Vikings used solid defense and great pitching to kick off the 2019 season with two wins over Olympic College Saturday. Originally scheduled to face Pierce Community College as well in a four-game stint, inclement weather prohibited the Lady Raiders team from making the trip.

Game 1: Big Bend 5, Olympic 3

Big Bend sophomore Aubrey Barney set the pace in the 4th inning with a 3-run home run in the first inning and starting pitcher sophomore Bailey Christens would help to pad the lead driving in another run on a fielder's choice. After being staked to a 4-run lead, Christensen showed some nerves in the bottom of the first giving up three runs on three hits (double & home run) before settling down and shutting down the Olympic offense for the duration of the game. She finished facing 28 batters, striking out 6 of them for the complete-game win.

Sophomore Lynsey Valverde added to the lead with a solo home run in the top of the 2nd inning.

Barney would finish the game 2-for-3 with a walk with Freshman Taryn Matthews also adding 2 hits (2-for-4).

Game 2: Big Bend 9, Olympic 1

Big Bend got out to another early lead scoring 5 runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the first and taking advantage of two Lady Raider errors.

Freshman Maya Sanieshi was hot in Game 2 finishing 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and scoring a run. Seven and eight hitters freshmen Riley Newbold and Maddie Bowles (2B) combined to finish 4-for-5 on the game and score 3 runs.

Freshman Alyssa Ray looked sharp in her first outing wearing the navy and green giving no earned runs (1 unearned) in 4 innings of work. Freshman Mayda Rieflin would come in and pick up the save in the 5th inning locking down the mercy-rule win.

Valverde finished 2-for-3 at the dish in Game 2 and 3-for-6 on the day.

"It was a very good opening weekend for us," said Vikings Head Coach Michael Garoutte. "Our defense and pitching were excellent. We accomplished our goals, but still, have a lot of work to do. I am proud of our effort and we are really looking forward to heading to Lacey (WA) next weekend to compete in the Inter-region crossover."