The bottom line at Salt Lake Community College is that the softball and baseball teams are good. Really good. Heading into last weekend’s action against North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, the 5th ranked softball team was riding a 12-game winning streak, and continued to show why they are one of the best teams in the country after pounding out four more victories against the Cardinals.
On Friday, the Lady Bruins won 10-4, although the contest was tighter than the score may have indicated. Down 2-0, DJ Richardson hit a three-run homer to give Salt Lake the lead. NIC later tied the game up, but the deep ball allowed SLCC to pull ahead, as Krystin Jachim hit a solo shot. The Lady Bruins then used two three-run frames to run away with the win. Ariel Zimmerman was her usual self on the mound, striking out nine. Catcher Shay Wallace also got involved in the home run hitting, Madi White again connected on all of her at-bats, and Becky Simonsen brought one run home.
On Saturday, the Lady Bruins faced a unique triple-header on the schedule, but the winning ways continued as they took the contests 5-4, 8-3, and 9-3.
White was perfect at the plate yet again in game one – going 3 for 3. This time, two of those hits were via the dinger, as she was responsible for 3 RBIs total. Zimmerman racked up nine strikeouts to oppose three earned runs.
Salt Lake pulled away early in game two as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Wallace hit another one deep – this one a three-run shot to get the ball rolling – and Webster and White joined the home run sorority with one apiece. Kylee Colvin was credited with the win.
In the last game of the weekend, Salt Lake picked up the win thanks to a combined effort from the pitching staff. Colvin racked up another win, and the Lady Bruins were solid at the plate. Kylee Brinkerhoff went 3-5, Jachim had 3 RBIs, and Webster plated two while going 2-5. The Lady Bruins are 34-6 overall and 26-2 in Scenic West Athletic Conference play.
After getting their 25-game winning streak snapped, the Bruins baseball squad was looking to start a new one last weekend against Eastern Utah. They did that in big fashion, taking four contests from CEU.
Salt Lake got the weekend started off with their bats going crazy, as they won 15-2 in game one on Friday. Cory Raymond went 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs while Adam Gunn had a stellar outing on the mound – striking out three in the victory.
The staff pitched a shutout in game two and the offense stayed hot en route to an 11-0 win. Sean Moysh was a perfect 4-for-4, and Dillon Meyer connected on two hits. Tyson Memmott struck out eight in five innings of work to get the win.
It was more of the same on Saturday as the Bruins compiled 21 runs on the day to pick up two more victories.
A.J. Carman got the win on the mound in game one, striking out five as the Bruins outscored CEU 11-3. Kyle Bilbrey and Eddy Alvarez combined for three hits and five RBIs
Day two ended much the same that day one of the series did, as Salt Lake swept Eastern Utah in shutout fashion, 10-0. Bilbrey, Moysh, Raymond and Mitch Manning had two hits each to finish the weekend strong.
With the wins, the Bruins have a four-game win streak, which they hope to stretch to eight next weekend when Western Nevada Community College visits Cate Field.
BRUINS AT HOME THIS WEEK:
Friday, April 1: Baseball vs. WNCC. 4 p.m. Jordan Campus Cate Field
Saturday, April 2: Baseball vs. WNCC, noon Jordan Campus Cate Field
*Admission to all games is free with a student ID (OneCard)