Rangers back on track after sweeping Shoreline

"Coming off what coach Natalie Martin called a quiet day offensively, the Olympic College fastpitch team regrouped for 19 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Shoreline Saturday in Seattle.The wins kept the Rangers (9-4 division, 12-7 overall) in third place in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Northern Division race. The top four finishers in the division advance to next month's NWAACC championships at Portland.We played much better Saturday, Martin said of the Rangers. Friday, the strike zone was interesting. The high pitch was being called a strike, and we had just spent a lot of time before the game working on our discipline, and not swinging at the high pitch.Bellevue took advantage for a 3-0 victory in the opener of a scheduled doubleheader Friday at Pendergast Park. The nightcap was postponed by a hailstorm and is slated to be played back at Pendergast this afternoon, beginning at 2:30 p.m.Melonie Denny, a sophomore from South Kitsap, led the offensive charge in Saturday's sweep, going 4 for 5 at the plate with a double in the 8-1 opening-game victory. Central Kitsap's Holly Thatcher and Chimacum's Marci Halvorson, also sophomores, each had two hits in the 8-0 second game, which was stopped after five innings by the NWAACC mercy rule.The Rangers continued to get good work from pitchers Rachel Brassel and Megan Lynn, as well, according to Martin. Lynn scattered seven Shoreline hits and struck out 10 to win the first game and improve her record to 5-4, while Brassel hurled a five-inning one-hitter in the nightcap, improving her season mark to 7-3.We haven't had to make a pitching change all season, Martin said of the two sophomores. They've been staying out of trouble. Both of them pitched great Saturday, and Rachel was one base hit away from a no-no.After today's make-up game with Bellevue, the Rangers head to Portland for a crossover tournament April 21-22 at Delta Park, which also is the site of the NWAACC championship tourney.OC baseball: Josh Wilson tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout as the Rangers beat Shoreline in the first game of a Northern Division doubleheader Saturday at Edmonds.Wilson, a freshman from Chugiak, Alaska, struck out 10 Dolphin batters and walked four for OC, which dropped the second game 9-4 as Shoreline erupted for six runs in the sixth inning.The Rangers host Gray's Harbor in a nondivision game this evening at Legion Field. The first pitch for the single, nine-inning contest is slated for 6 p.m. "

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