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By Paul Delaney
Staff Reporter 

Week is unkind to Medical Lake softball


March 29, 2018

If it wasn’t the weather, it was the opponent that was not very cooperative last week when it came to Medical Lake softball.

The Cardinals (0-2 NEA, 1-3 overall) were humbled in a pair on Northeast A League outings falling 13-0 to perennial power, Colville on March 20 and 15-4 at Deer Park March 26 in the completion of a game that was weather-delayed from March 22.

“We played Tuesday up in Colville and that wasn’t a very good day,” head coach Tim Blakely said. The Indians got a one-hit shutout from freshman pitcher Ambrie Jones. Taylor Carpenter got the lone ML hit in the five-inning game, shortened due to the “mercy rule.”

Blakey said Colville (2-0 NEA, 5-1 overall) had a number of transfers added to a roster that has historically been pretty solid, winning at an 81-percent clip — 96-22 — over the past five seasons.

If there was one takeaway, the weather was nice, with temps in the lower 50s, sunshine and a little bit of wind, Blakely said. That’s something that has been quite unusual this spring.

In Deer Park (2-0, 5-2) on March 22, “We got 2 1/2 innings in before the downpour,” Blakely said. The Stags led 3-2 before the game was postponed.

But the weather was still iffy at best for the makeup.” “It was a very cold, wet and windy day,” Blakeley said.

“Taylor Carpenter threw a good game but we were unable to manufacture runs,” Blakely said. Allison Duncan had three of the four Cardinal hits.

But defense doomed Medical Lake. “We committed six errors along with a few hits mixed in, nine errors total for the game,” Blakely said of the Deer Park outing.

Weather permitting, Medical Lake will finish off the time before spring break with a frenzy. “We’ve got four games ahead of us this week,” Blakely said. “We’re going to be busy, busy, busy.”

That schedule had a game at Lakeside on March 27 and at East Valley March 28 and Newport, at home today at 4 p.m.

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“We’ve got four games ahead of us this week. We’re going to be busy, busy, busy.”

ML head coach Tim Blakley


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