Rough start to road stretch for Vikings softball

The Big Bend Softball team began a road stretch this weekend that has them scheduled for six-consecutive dates away from Moses Lake. The trip began with visits to North Idaho and Spokane and saw the Vikings drop 4-of-5 games to begin the late-season stretch.
The Big Bend Softball team began a road stretch this weekend that has them scheduled for six-consecutive dates away from Moses Lake. The trip began with visits to North Idaho and Spokane and saw the Vikings drop 4-of-5 games to begin the late-season stretch.

By BBCC Office of Communications

The Big Bend Softball team began a road stretch this weekend that has them scheduled for six-consecutive dates away from Moses Lake. The trip began with visits to North Idaho and Spokane and saw the Vikings drop 4-of-5 games to begin the late-season stretch.

Game 1: NIC 5, BBCC 4

On Friday in Coeur d'Alene, Big Bend pitchers Megan True and Bailey Christensen held the top-ranked Cardinals to just six hits. The Vikings entered the top of the seventh inning trailing by one run before Dacia Hobbs delivered Big bend the lead on a two-run double. However, an error with the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning would cost BBCC the game, 5-4.

Game 2: NIC 20, BBCC 2

The Big Bend pitchers didn't fare as well in game two giving up 14 hits and 20 runs. Freshman Lynsey Valverde and Aubree Barney both with 2-for-3 in the loss and Savannah Hughes was1-for-1 with a home run.

 

On Saturday, Big Bend headed to Spokane for a three-game tilt that included a makeup game from earlier this season.

Game 1: Spokane 15, BBCC 13

It was a back-and-forth battle with the Vikings scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the score, 13-13. After a scoreless seventh inning, SPCC scored two runs in the eighth and Big Bend couldn't answer falling 15-13 in the opener. Bailey Nickelson led Big Bend going 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring three runs, and driving in another while Hughes added four hits, one run, and one RBI.

Game 2: Spokane 14, BBCC 6

The wind picked up during Game 2 and kept a handful of balls from leaving the park for the Vikings. Valverde, Taylor Ferguson, and Chance Barg each picked up hits for Big Bend, but it wasn't enough.

Game 3: BBCC 21, Spokane 19

The Vikings closed out the weekend on a high note scoring 21 runs and pulling out a hard-fought win. The Big Bend offense came alive scoring 17 runs in the fifth and sixth innings but then gave up eight runs to Spokane in the bottom of the sixth to make the BBCC lead 20-19. However, the Vikings were able to hold on and Lynsey Valverde added an insurance home run in the last inning to give BBCC the 21-19 win.

Valverde and Hobbs each had four hits in the final game with Valverde also driving in five runs. Nickelson, Hughes and Hailey Huelsman each added three hits each. 

For all of the box scores from the weekend, CLICK HERE to visit the Northwest Athletic Conference website.