Marchand tames Kodiaks with two complete games; pitches one shutout as Omak softball sweeps doubleheader against Cascade
OMAK – After losing their first game of the season, the Omak High School Varsity softball team has been on a tear.
They've won seven of their last eight games as they now hover near the top of the Caribou Trail League after Friday’s dominant performance by sophomore sensation Aaliyah Marchand.
Fresh off of a throwing a no-hitter that saw her tally 14 strikeouts and a 12-0 win over Oroville on April 20, the Colville Tribal member kept her groove going into a crucial doubleheader against league foe Cascade.
Marchand pitched two complete games, earning a shutout victory in the second game, tallying 19 total strikeouts and propelling Omak to a (11-1, 9-0) sweep over Cascade on Friday evening in Caribou Trail League action.
“Aaliyah Marchand did a great job in the circle today,” said Rick Duck, head coach for Omak softball. “She’s having a great year, throwing really well. I'm happy with the way she did today.”
Marchand started both games for Omak and only allowed one run, six hits and three walks in 13 innings pitched. She also went 5-for-8 on the day hitting.
“It went good, I was struggling a little bit at the end but I pushed through,” said Marchand.
Offensively, Omak was seeing pitches well as they dished out 13 hits in the first game and 12 in the second game.
“Up and down the lineup everyone contributed to these wins,” said Duck. “I was very happy with the way we came out and played both of these games. As a group this team just keeps improving every week.”
Tribal member Trinity Fjellman, short-stop for the Pioneers, went 4-for-4 in the second game as she four runs with one double and three singles. She went 1-for-3 in the first game.
Omak currently is 3-1 in league action and are 8-2 overall. Even though it was a doubleheader, only the first game will count towards Caribou Trail league standings.
Cashmere currently holds the top spot in the Caribou Trail League, as they are 4-0 with only a handful of league games left.
For Coach Duck and the Pioneers, their only loss of the year was at the hands of? You might have guessed it.
“We ended up losing to Cashmere 5-1 in our first one,” said Duck. “I wish we could play them again, because I know we could beat them now.”
Nonetheless, Duck couldn’t be any prouder of his team and the direction they’ve gone since that game.
“Before our first game we only had like six practices, so we’ve be kind of having to learn on the fly,” said Duck.
Omak also has a young team but hasn’t really let that affect them on the field during this COVID-season, which is shorter, less practices and no shot at a state tournament.
With only one senior and one junior on the team, Omak’s future looks bright.
“We’ve got eighth graders and freshman and a bulk of sophomores playing,” says Duck. “I’m really happy with the way the girls are coming along, especially for a young team.”
Omak 11, Cascade 1
R H E
Omak | 1 | 3 | 3 | 0 | 0 | 4 | |11| 13 | 0 |
Cascade | 0 | 0 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 | |1 | 3 | 0 |
Hitting- Omak- F. Ross 1-3 2r, T. Grahman1-3, A. Marchand 3-4, T. Fjellman 1-3, C. Redthunder 1-3, K. Keaton 2-4 2r, M. Romine 1-3 2r, B. Sanabria 1-1, S. Romine 2-3
Pitching- Omak- A. Marchand 6ip 1r 3h 7k 2bb
Omak 9, Cascade 0
Omak 2 | 1 | 3 | 0 | 1 | 2 | x |9 | 12 | 1|
Cascade 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 |0 | 3 | 2 |
Hitting- Omak- T. Graham 2-4, A. Marchand 2-4 2r 2b, T. Fjellman 4-4 4r 2b, K. Keaton 2-4, M. Romine 2-3
Pitching- Omak- A. Marchand 7ip 0r 3h 12k 1bb
Stats provided by Omak softball coaching staff.