Lake Roosevelt softball wins emotional game over Okanogan with walk off run; end season on eight-game winning streak finishing 9-3

GRAND COULEE - Going into the bottom of the seventh and final inning scheduled against Okanogan, May 3, Lake Roosevelt Softball was at the top of their batting order. 

Freshman catcher Sawyer Steffens - who had already tallied 3 RBIs off two doubles and a triple - led off. 

Not seeing anything she liked, Steffens walked aboard, and junior Emma Marchand stepped to the plate. 

On the first pitch, Steffens stole second, putting the winning run in scoring position. Then Marchand hit a blop single over the first baseman down the right field line, and Steffens barely slowed as she ran by third and onto home to score. 

Lake Roosevelt topped Okanogan 8-7 on an emotional night with Marchand’s walk-off single. 

“Going into the game, we knew that Okanogan was tough,” said coach Jaci Gross. “Our mindset was to take it one pitch at a time and remain steady.” 

The victory came two years to the day after longtime Lake Roosevelt Softball booster Terry Warnecke - Marchand’s grandfather - had passed away, said Gross. 

In Warnecke’s honor, the team wore TW on their uniforms. 

“We were put to the test tonight and we pulled it off. Terry would have been proud but only for a minute” said Gross. “Then he would tell us that we have a lot of work to do. It was a very special night.” 

Steffens led the team offensively with three RBIs, reaching base at each of her four at bats. 

On the mound, Marchand tallied 8 strikeouts, including the final two strikeouts in the first to work herself out of a 1-out jam. 

Defensively, eighth grader Nautika Brown also stepped up with several defensive plays from her third base position. 

Pitching for Okanogan, senior Jenna Radke tallied 9 strikeouts in four innings, and in relief Colville tribal descendant Tsalee Mail earned 3 strikeouts in 3 innings. 

Mail also earned three RBIs in the game’s opening inning, clearing the bases with a one-out double that quickly put Okanogan up three to nothing. 

Lake Roosevelt started off the year 1-3 but would end one of the hottest teams in the league, finishing with a 9-3 overall record. The Raiders will bring back their whole roster as they only lose one senior in tribal member Kyona Edmo. 

GAME SUMMARY:

1

TOP: Okanogan, as visitors, bats first with Lake Roosevelt’s Emma Marchand on the mound. 

LR starts shaky. Okanogan loads bases with a walk and two errors by LR’s infield. 

P. Bauer hits a sacrifice single, out at first, scoring one run. 

T. Mail hits one out triple, tallying two RBIs. 

Marchand finds the strike zone and ends the inning with two strikeouts. 

BOTTOM: Okanogan’s Jenna Radke is pitching. 

Lake Roosevelt’s Halle Albert walks aboard, reaches second on a passed ball then steals third. 

K. Edmo strikes out. 

S. Steffens hits a one run triple, scoring Albert. 

Marchand and A. Hansen strikeout to end the inning. 

Score: Okanogan 3, Lake Roosevelt 1 

2

TOP: LR quickly fields two outs. 

Duncan hits, reaches base on error. Radke tallies single. 

LR gets third out against Bauer, leaving two stranded.

BOTTOM: Working against the bottom of the lineup, Okanogan’s Radke tallies three strikeouts. 

Score: Okanogan 3, Lake Roosevelt 1 

3

TOP: Mail hits single after 8 pitch at bat. 

Okanogan leaves two stranded. 

BOTTOM: H. Albert, K. Edmo both reach base. 

Steffens hits one out double, two RBIs. 

Marchand walks aboard. 

Steffens reaches third on passed ball. Marchand reaches second. 

Steffens and Marchand both score on passed ball. 

Score: Okanogan 3, Lake Roosevelt 5 

4

TOP: LR quickly shuts down Okanogan. 

Marchand turns double-play with catch-throw out. 

BOTTOM: Albert is left stranded after reaching first on walk. 

Score: Okanogan 3, Lake Roosevelt 5 

5

TOP: LR quickly turns two outs with fielding. 

Morgan reaches first on error. 

LR’s Brown tallies out with fielding. 

BOTTOM: Steffens leads off with double, reaches third with passed ball, scores with passed ball. 

Marchand walks aboard, reaches second with steal, third with passed balls, scores with sacrifice from A. Hansen. 

Score: Okanogan 3, Lake Roosevelt 7 

6

TOP: Marchand quickly earns two outs via strikeout. 

Lafferty reaches first on error. 

Duncan reaches first on error. 

Radke walks aboard, loading the bases. 

Bauer hits three run single. 

LR fields third out. 

BOTTOM: Okanogan switches pitchers: Moves Radke to shortstop, Mail to pitch. 

Albert reaches first with two outs, but is left stranded.

Score: Okanogan 6, Lake Roosevelt 7 

7

TOP: Brown fields first out. 

H. Bruns reaches first with single. 

Marchand strikes out Gilchris for second out. 

McDonald walks aboard 

Lafferty hits single, scoring Bruns to tie the game. 

Marchand strikes out Duncan to end the inning. 

BOTTOM: Steffens reaches base with walk. 

Steffens steals second. 

Marchand hits RBI single, ending game. 

Final score: Okanogan 7, Lake Roosevelt 8 

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