The spring softball season is supposed to last more than two months.
Weather had different ideas.
But so did Coach Todd Bitterman and the St. Maries softball team, who didn’t let a condensed season stop them from swinging their bats.
The Lumberjacks, including one unfinished game where they led 14-0, have gone 8-4 in the month of April and take a six-game win streak into Thursday’s senior night contest with Kellogg.
In its latter half of its string of victories, St. Maries has averaged five runs per inning en route to three consecutive CIL wins.
“We are hitting the end of the season, and playing better, which is to be expected,” Coach Bitterman said. “It’s totally within reason that if we get consistent pitching and continue to hit the ball like we are, the chips may fall exactly where we want them.”
St. Maries hit for a combined average of .597 in two games at Grangeville April 29.
Elizabeth Ragan recorded five RBIs on 2-4 batting to go with three runs in game one, a 20-15 victory.
Gracie Barden had two RBIs as she went 1-1. She also scored two runs, and Madison Cordell was 1-1 for one RBI and four runs. Jenna Holder went 2-3 with two runs and one RBI, Hannah Harvey was 2-3 with two runs, Kylie Core was 1-2 with two runs and an RBI, Rose Walrod had three runs on 1-3 hitting to go with an RBI and Kirsten Miller had two hits in two at bats for one run and an RBI.
Allie Brebner and Gracie each fanned two batters in the win.
Madison led St. Maries to a 32-6 victory in game two, recording six RBIs on 5-5 hitting and three runs.
Elizabeth and Gracie each tallied five RBIs.
Elizabeth went 5-7 for five RBIs and six runs, and Gracie had four hits in six at bats for two runs and five RBIs. Kirsten went 4-5 for five runs and four RBIs, Katrina added two RBIs and two runs and Kylie was 1-1 for one run and an RBI.
The girls plated nine runs in the first two innings with Orofino April 26, led by Madison and Jenna.
Each tallied three RBIs in the 19-9 victory, Jenna going 3-3 for two runs and Madison 3-4 for four runs.
Gracie fanned five batters in five innings, and Elizabeth went 3-4 for four runs and one RBI. Alena Davenport was 3-4 for two runs, Cora went 2-4 for two RBIs and one run and Rose had one hit in two at bats to go with two RBIs and two runs.
Kirsten added two RBIs, one run and one hit.
The girls host Kellogg for senior night Thursday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. St. Maries is slated to travel to Medical Lake Saturday for a final regular season contest.