Coleville sweeps twin bill |

Coleville sweeps twin bill

by Staff

The Coleville High School softball team opened its league schedule and took two giant steps toward regaining softball prominence in the Class A Northern Zone on Wednesday with a sweep of visiting Smith Valley.

Coleville defeated Smith Valley, the defending state champion, 17-1 in the first game and 17-13 in the second game. The Wolves lost to Smith Valley, 5-4, and had their 31-game Class A winning streak snapped in the state title game last year.

Coleville pitcher Jamie Walton gave up just three singles and one walk in a complete-game victory in game one.

The Wolves stormed out of the gate, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Darrah Rich led off with a double, Jamie Walton reached on an error and Nicole Duffie walked to load the bases right away.

Freshman shortstop Lindsey Rudolph singled in the first run after two were out, and then the rally really gathered steam.

Kourtney Ferguson hit a two-run single before Jennifer Masters hit a two-run double. Megan Rich walked and Rich followed with her second hit of the inning, driving in two more runs. Walton capped the rally with a big two-run home run over the fence in center field.

Coleville added three more runs in the second inning when Brianna Bryant and Kelly Ferguson singled, Kourtney Ferguson doubled in one run and Walton doubled in two more.

The third inning was more of the same as the Wolves sent nine batters to the plate and rung up their final five runs.

Rudolph started the rally with a homer to left field. Bryant and Kelly Ferguson followed with singles. Kourtney Ferguson later reached on an error before Megan Rich and Walton added RBI-singles to cap the scoring spree.

Smith Valley scored its lone run in the second inning.

The Wolves had to battle back from an 8-3 deficit in the third inning to pull out a victory in game two. The Wolves scored nine runs in that inning and four more in the fourth to take control of the game.

Just about everyone was a big hitter for Coleville in the second game.

Darrah Rich went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs and Jamie Walton went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs. Coleville pounded out 15 hits in the game.

Other contributors were Duffie (2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs), Masters (2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs), Bryant (1-for-2 with two RBIs), Kelly Ferguson (1-for-2 with two RBIs), Megan Rich (1 hit and one RBI) and Rudolph (a double and one RBI).

“This was not an easy game for us because we didn’t play defense as consistently as we did in the first game,” Coleville coach Scott Bush said. “But, this game really showed me something because we didn’t give in. When the game was on the line, we got some timely hitting, good pitching and some great defense from Kelly Ferguson at second and Duffie behind the plate to shut them down.”

Coleville is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Virginia City today beginning at noon.

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