Mt. Hood uses four homers to power past Everett 9-1

by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Mt. Hood CC players crowd the plate to welcome Kelsey Reams after she blasted a home run against Everett. The Mt. Hood softball team called upon the long ball to smash the Everett Titans on Saturday afternoon at Delta Park. The Saints bashed four home runs to power to a 9-1 victory in five innings.

“We focus a lot on our offense and we work on it a ton,” Mt. Hood third baseman Chelsea Spanier said. “And we hit the weight room, so that helps.”

Mt. Hood broke out the big bats without delay. Sophomore shortstop Teauna Hughes stepped into the batters’ box in the bottom of the first inning with one out and one on. Everett pitcher Alisa Ortega made a mistake with a belt-high fastball and the Mt. Hood lefty smoked it to the opposite field and cleared the left-field fence by 20 feet.

Mercedes Green and Kasidee Lemberger followed with a single and a walk to bring up Spanier. The former Sandy standout fell behind in the count, but took a protective approach and connected on a borderline pitch. She sent a low fly ball over the center fielder’s head that looked like it was going to hit the fence, but it hung up in the air just long enough to get over for a three-run homer.

Mt. Hood center fielder Kelsey Reams joined the fun in the second inning when she lifted a two-run home run into the grass beyond the left-field fence.

In the bottom of the third, Spanier struck once more to lead off the inning. She again went down in the count, but ripped a line drive to left-center on a 1-2 pitch. The liner never got more than 15 feet off the ground, but had so much steam on it that it was just starting to come down when it passed over the fence. With that, Mt. Hood had a comfortable 8-0 lead.

“I just wanted to widen my zone and put the ball in play,” Spanier said. “I didn’t even know they were out until I rounded first.”

Everett got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth inning, but the Saints got it back in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded and one out, Reams popped a high fly ball to right field that allowed Megan Reed to tag up and score from third easily. The Reams sacrifice fly put Mt. Hood ahead 9-1 to invoke the eight-run mercy rule.

“We try as much as possible to slow the game down and control what we can control, and they did a good job of that today.” Mt. Hood coach Meadow McWhorter said.

Kristen Crawford got the win for the Saints in the pitchers’ circle. She allowed two hits and no earned runs in three innings to improve to 6-0 this season.

The win came on the heels of a huge Saints victory over Bellevue earlier in the day. The Saints trailed that contest 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Hughes got Mt. Hood’s offense started with a solo home run. The Saints’ loaded the bases after her shot and Reed cleared the bases with a grand slam, pushing Mt. Hood to a 5-2 win.

Mt. Hood kept the momentum rolling on Sunday as it mauled South Puget Sound 17-2 in five innings. The Saints tallied 18 hits, seven of which went for extra bases. Spanier and Entze each homered for Mt. Hood.

The Saints are now 14-0 this season and they have players near the top in several statistical categories. Hughes, Spanier and Reed are tied for second in the NWAACC in home runs with five each. Spanier is fourth in the league in runs batted in with 22, followed closely by Reed who was 21. Lemberger is hitting .622 this season which is good for second-best in the conference. Reed is sixth in batting average (.556).

Mt. Hood pitchers Crawford and Ann-Marie Guischer both rank in the top six in wins and earned run average.

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