Pirates earn split on road trip

The Pirates are going out swinging.

With just a few days left in the season - and in the program's existence - Peninsula's softball squad picked up a pair of wins at Edmonds on May 7.

P.C. blasted the Tritons 13-1 in game one, getting five strong innings from starter Emily Garner. Holly Newton was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, Heather Carlson drove in two and had two hits and Colleen Murphy-Carey added two hits. Both Chelsea Rambin and Michelle Senf drove in runs.

Garner went all seven innings in the nightcap as P.C. edged Edmonds 10-8. She drove in three runs and tripled at the plate. Senf scored three times.

In all, Garner threw 186 pitches in 12 innings in the doubleheader.

Peninsula dropped a pair on the road to playoff-minded Bellevue the next day.

Rambin provided one of the few Peninsula highlights, ripping a home run in the first game - her first out-of-the-park homer - in an 11-2 loss in game one. Bulldog pitcher Ashleigh Carter pitched a gem, holding P.C. to just four hits.

The Pirates committed six errors and tallied just three hits in a 12-1 loss in game two.

Marquita Espinoza and Dena Houser doubled while Senf had an RBI in the defeat.

The Pirates are missing five players from the beginning of the season thanks to injuries.

"(The) team keeps a positive attitude and continues to play with class," assistant coach Joel Lewis said. "These girls never give up. I am very proud of them."

Peninsula was scheduled to finish the season - and play the final game of the Pirate softball program, as it is being dissolved - on May 11 against Shoreline. Results were unavailable at press time.

Trojans trip Pirates twice

The rain, wind and chill in the air may have helped end a forgettable afternoon for the P.C. Pirates.

Everett swept a doubleheader on May 4, taking the first game 13-2 in five innings and leading 19-5 two innings into the second match-up before umpires called the game.

Peninsula conceded the loss in game two.

Shana Butcher, P.C.'s starting pitcher, took a line drive off her pitching hand against the second batter of the game. Saving Garner, Peninsula's lone remaining healthy pitcher who tossed five innings in the opener, Peninsula coach Jim Cheney used a number of infielders to finish the two-inning contest.

In game one, Everett got 13 hits and took advantage of four P.C. errors for the win, getting a grand slam in the first inning from Alyse Wynar.

Garner and Murphy-Carey each had two hits in three at-bats while Houser added a triple. Garner had two RBIs.

In game two, Everett sent 13 batters to the plate in a seven-run inning marred by Butcher's injury.

Peninsula got on the board early, too. Houser ripped the first pitch she saw for a home run over the left field fence while Garner slammed a home run to left, scoring two.

Senf had an RBI single and Garner an RBI, bases-loaded walk before umpires ruled the game unplayable.

NWAACC North standings

(as of May 9)

Team Conf. Over.

Shoreline 18-2 23-9

Bellevue 17-5 29-10

Everett 14-6 19-19

Olympic 12-8 15-16

Peninsula 6-14 7-18

Skagit Vly. 2-16 2-20

Edmonds 1-19 1-31

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