The Carroll College softball team didn’t give up a run and took two games off Northwest Christian on Friday afternoon at Centennial Park. It wound up being the first home outing of the season for the Saints (6-7, 5-3 Cascade), after a pair of doubleheaders against the University of British Columbia were wiped out by winter weather two weeks ago.
Carroll won the opener 3-0 and then took home a 1-0 win to close out the afternoon.
Sophomore pitcher Tess Eaton (3-1) got the win in Game 1, outdueling Northwest Christian’s Katie Walker (2-8).
Freshman pitcher Allison Williams (3-0) picked up the second win, again taking down Walker.
“We had two great performances,” Saints coach Aaron Jackson said. “Great game to start us off. Great performance by Ali Williams to keep us in the game and secure that one-nothing victory. Our defense was lights-out today. Made every routine play. Made some great plays.”
Carroll split its three runs over three innings in the first game. Megan Gipe hit a single that brought in Anna ApRoberts in the first inning. Courtney Cloud doubled in the second inning to drive in Kaydee Parsons. In the fifth inning, ApRoberts scored on an error.
“That really was the difference in today’s game,” Jackson said. “Our hitting is coming around. It’s becoming a timing issue. We’re putting the ball in play, we just haven’t found the gaps.”
In the second game, the Saints defense shined behind Williams' solid day on the mound.
“I wouldn’t say it was surprising,” Jackson said. “I know we are that good defensively. Two days ago we had a rough defensive practice. I think our kids really locked in and focused in. Our pitchers did a great job. Made our defense easy job for them.
“I don’t think we got a runner on third base all day. That makes it really easy with dealing with a runner on first and second. When they got runners on, we got some kids out.”
In the second game, Tianna Sell’s home run gave the Saints their only score.
The Saints have a chance to complete a weekend sweep over Northwest Christian, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Saints will play an additional non-conference game against Northwest Christian afterward at 1 p.m.
“We’ll go through normal warmup,” Jackson said. “Get there a couple hours early. Get a good BP session on the field.
“I don’t want to see balls pulled to left field, I want things up the middle and to the right side. That’s what we need to get over the hump. It all starts in BP tomorrow and locking in and capitalizing.”