ASHLAND, Ore. — A ranked showdown at University Field on Friday with more than just pride on the line. The 23rd-ranked Yotes of College of Idaho entered the day 18-0 in conference play, giving them the lead in the Cascade Collegiate Conference standings over Southern Oregon.
But the Raiders made sure their reign over the CCC was short-lived.
In game one, Gabby Sandoval made her 21st appearance this season. Besides giving up a solo homer to Klamath Falls-native Tanner Higgins, Sandoval pitched well over her 7 innings of work. She struck out four and only allowed three Yotes batters to reach base.
Sandoval had plenty of help from her team in the batter's box. Katrina Winterburn was red hot at the plate, going 3-for-3 in the first game including a two-run home run in the third inning. The Raiders hot bats chased Yotes starter Katelyn Wilfert in the third inning and the bats stayed hot in game two.
Lauren Quirke started in the circle for SOU in the second game of Friday's doubleheader. She overpowered COI in her 7 innings. The senior struck out 12 while allowing two earned runs on 96 pitches. She also helped herself at the plate, knocking in a run in the second with an eventual game-winning RBI single with the bases loaded in the second inning.
Quirke's teammates kept the line moving throughout the rest of the game. Riley Donovan and Tayler Walker also had two RBIs of their own.
With the pair of wins on Friday, the Raiders now take over as the top team in the CCC Standings. They'll play two games against College of Idaho on Saturday, with the first game slated to start at 11 am.