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    Thd^Bickamas Print
Wednesday, April 28, 1993
Pg. 7
Softball team faces tough schedule
by Frank Jordan
Staff Writer
The Clackamas softball
team shook off two losses to Lower
Columbia CC on Monday to take
seven wins without a loss later in
the
week,
sweeping
a
doubleheader fro m South Puget
Sound CC and winning five games
at the Northwest Athletic
Association of Community
Colleges Crossover Tourney last
weekend in Wenatchee, Wash.
The Lady Cougars
suffered their first losses in three
weeks, losing both ends of a
doubleheader to Lower Columbia
by the scores of 2-1 and 6-1,
April 19. Although disheartened
with the results on the scoreboard,
Head Coach Paul Fiskum was
upbeat about his team’s effort on
the field.
“We were kind of shell-
shocked at the whole affair. Lower
Columbia is playing very well
right now (They are 17-2), so you
can say that they are a pretty darn
good team,” Fiskum said. “We
just didn’t get any breaks at all.
They snagged a couple of line
drives and we made a few mental
errors. We had some outstanding
pitching on our part. We didn’t
give up any earned runs in either
game.”
The next day, the
Cougars traveled to South Puget
Sound CC and crushed their
opponent in both games of the
doubleheader, winning 14-2 and
9-0.
‘We scored a ton of runs,
and we got good pitching and
defense,” Fiskum commented.
“We played like I expected us to
play, and the girls came through
after two tough losses yesterday.”
This past weekend,
Clackamas played in the
NW A ACC
Crossover
in
Wenatchee. Saturday, the Cougars
shook off the 9 a.m. start to the
tourney, scoring six runs in the
first inning on the way to an 8-4
victory over Wenatchee Valley
CC.
“We got to our hotel at
about midnight on Friday, and I
was kind of upset that we had to
start so early. But we really started
out well, better than I expected,”
Fiskum said.
In the second game
Saturday, Clackamas defeated
Olympic CC 5-2. The marquee
matchup of the day pitted
Clackamas against Spokane Falls
CC. Spokane came in with the
best record in the NWAACC, but
the Cougars sent them back to the
hotel with a 2-1 loss pinned on
them.
“This was our third game
of the day, on not too much
sleep,’’ Fiskum said. “I’m so
proud of what these ladies
accomplished on Saturday. Their
performance was as big as any
day since I have coached here.”
The game was a real
pitcher’s duel, featuring some
great defensive play by both teams.
»
Photo by Frank Jordan
The score was tied at 1 in the
The Lady Cougars prepare to defend a bunt in a recent game. The women defeated
seventh inning. A Spokane player
Edmonds CC on Sunday, 5-2. They will host Green River CC on Friday. The game will begin
had just singled with nobody out,
at 3 p.m.
when catcher Michelle Guertin .
took a pitchout and gunned down 4 RBI; Emily Routson, 5 for 14 know now that we can do the do to win ball games. All we
with one RBI and Becky Cordill, things that we are supposed to have to do now is just do it.
the Spokane runner at first base.
“A big, big play,” Fiskum said. who went 6 for 10 with 3 RBI.
“Jones is playing as well
“They (Spokane) then got two
more singles in the inning, but no as anyone right now,” Fiskum
one scored. Guertin made a huge said. “We have moved her to
right field defensively, and her
play.”
Guertin then stepped up defense has been outstanding. She
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Cougars excel in Wolf pack Classic
by Paul Valencia
Staff Writer
The long and winding
road got a little shorter on the
way home for the Cougar track
squads after they defeated their
opponents in the Wolfpack Track
and Field Classic in Pendleton,
Saturday.
The men have now won
66 straight meets, while the women
have a streak of 37 to be proud of.
The men won the seven­
team classic with 211 points,
beating Eastern Oregon State, 108,
and Spokane, 103. The women
won by even larger margins. They
scored 205, with Eastern at 98
and Spokane at 59.
Prior to the meet, Head
Coach Mike Hodges said he was
looking for a close meet in the
men’s division. Spokane, he
recalled, was the team that came
the closest to beating the Cougars
in last year’s Northwest
Championships.
But the Cougars showed
Spokane who the defending
champs were right from the
beginning. In the first event, the
3,000-meter Steeplechase, the
Cougars finished one-two-three.
“Going in, we expected a battle,”
Hodges said. “Our people were
ready and they got after it.” The
first event set the pace. From
there, Hodges described the point
barrage like a snowball rolling
down a hill, picking up steam.
The women jumped out
to an early lead, as well, and
never looked back. In their first
event, the Lady Cougars finished
one-two-four in the javelin.
The Classic saw 14 more
Cougars qualify for the Northwest
Championships. That brings the
total to 77, more than most schools
have on their team, Hodges
explained.
Big performances came
from Kris Long, who improved
his personal best in the Hammer
by 13 feet with a throw of 146
feet, 7 inches, which put him
number one in the conference
and number five on the all-time
Clackamas list Before the season,
Hodges didn’t even think he would
have a hammer thrower, let alone
the best in conference.
The pole vaulters
finished one-two-four-five to give
the team a boost, and the 4 by
100-meter relay team defeated
the Spokane squad by 1.4 seconds,
which Hodges said is a wide
margin in such a small-distance
race.
On the women’s side,
Jill Warrington qualified in the
javelin, shot a season’s best in
the shot put and had a personal
record in the discus.
Under the busiest athletes
department, Kristie Preiskorn
scored 44 points, competing in
six events, while teammate Vickie
Robbins scored 36 in five events.
Hodges sees good things
happening on his teams and not
just the winning. “People are
getting into the idea of being a
strong team and being a winning
team,” Hodges said. “Some
people, when they can’t win
themselves, they go and hide
somewhere. Our people, if they
can’t win, bust their guts to get
second or whatever they can get.”
The Cougars have two
non-scoring invitational meets the
next two weeks before the
Southern region championships.
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