Mt. Hood CC outscores Centralia 18-2 in doubleheader

The Mt. Hood CC softball team made quick work of Centralia to collect a doubleheader sweep Thursday afternoon.

The Saints reached the mercy-rule limit in the second inning during an 11-0 win in the opener. Mt. Hood broke the game in the second inning, which saw Centennial High graduate Kali VanCleave lead off with a solo home run over the center-field fence.

Centralia appeared as if it might escape without any more harm after turning a double play, but the Saints responded with eight straight hits. Cassie Galey started the scoring spree by lifting another long ball over the center-field fence, followed by an endless series of singles.

Kylee Gaspar capped the burst by whipping a line-drive shot past an infielder’s glove and down the left-field line for a two-run single.

The Saints hit 11 for 25 (.444) on the game, led by VanCleave and Mayci Abendschein who were each a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate.

Brittney Dawson and Kristen Crawford combined for a no-hitter out of the pitcher’s circle, striking out six batters and giving up just two walks.

Mt. Hood finished the day with a 7-2 win, breaking the game open with a four-run spurt in the fourth inning. Van Cleave and Lola Ciu led the bats by each going 3 for 4, while Courtney McCarthy connected for a home run.

The Saints used three pitchers in the game, giving up only two hits and striking out 11.

Mt. Hood improved to 16-1 on the season, heading into a home doubleheader at 12 p.m. Saturday against Clark.

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