Pirates get first sweep, rip Edmonds

Peninsula’s Marquita Espinoza, center, gets congratulations from coach Jim Cheney and teammate Colleen Murphy-Carey after throwing out a Skagit Valley would-be base stealer at third base. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Just what the diamond doctor ordered.

Peninsula’s softball squad snapped a four-game losing streak with their first doubleheader sweep of the season, trouncing Edmonds twice on April 13 in Port Angeles.

The Pirates racked up 21 runs and 21 hits in last week’s twin bill, winning both games (9-0, 12-4) in five inning contests shortened by the mercy rule.

“We’re hitting the ball as well as anybody,” Peninsula coach Jim Cheney said, “(and) our defense has been vastly improved.”

Peninsula got things going early in game one against the Tritons, taking advantage of a leadoff single from Dena Houser, four consecutive walks and a Carly Swingle RBI groundout for a 3-0, first-inning lead.

Swingle added a two-run single in the second inning as the Pirates went up 6-0 and Houser drilled a two-RBI base hit in the fourth inning for the final score.

Swingle was sharp in the contest, tossing a three-hitter, striking out four batters and issuing zero walks.

In game two, Edmonds jumped out to a 4-2 lead before the Pirates erupted for four runs in the fourth inning and six in the fifth.

Laura Campbell tied the game in the fourth at 4-4 with an RBI single and Marquita Espinoza followed with a two-run home run to centerfield.

Houser added a two-run hit the next inning and Espinoza capped the game with a run-scoring double.

Espinoza finished the game 4-for-4 with four RBIs and Campbell had three hits.

Despite giving up six hits, Peninsula starter Shana Butcher gave up no earned runs and walked just one batter.

Despite the wins, the Pirates are nursing some injuries heading into a fortunate lull in the schedule. Swingle, the team’s top starter, suffered a groin injury against Edmonds, battery mate Espinoza took a foul tip off a finger, Murphy-Carey had a hand injury and others are nursing some sore legs.

Peninsula isn’t back on the diamond until April 23 when it hosts Bellevue.

“The time off will help us heal up a bit,” Cheney said.

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