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After tough start in league, the Lady Vikings sit fourth in Special District 2 (SD2)

PMG FILE PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Colton's Madison Olsen slides across home plate to score for the Lady Vikings. Colton's softball team has really turned things around. After starting the league season on a three game losing streak, the Lady Vikings now have six wins in their last seven contests. In that lone loss, Colton was just runs away from overcoming Gervais (6-1 in league, 8-7 overall) on Tuesday, April 16.

Since then though, they've been on quite the tear, winning four straight blowouts. On April 19, Colton made the trip to Delphian and dominated the Dragons 12-0 in five innings. That impressive performance was in spite of heavy rain throughout the contest. Sophomore Katelyn Dutton was solid from the mound with six strikeouts, and only gave up one hit the whole game. Sophomore Lauren Reed had three hits, and junior Courtney Weinberger, freshmen Hailee Hordichok and Laina West each had two.

On Monday, April 22 they hosted Sheridan in yet another poor weather situation, but once again got the job done, winning 25-11. The offense was clicking from the opening inning, as the Lady Vikings put up 10 runs in the first inning and eight in the second. Colton also kept Sheridan off the board until the third inning.

In that game, junior Madison Olsen had three hits, and sophomore Renee Richardson, Hordichok, and senior Anna Wimsatt had two each.

The closest contest of the stretch came on Tuesday, April 23 when the team traveled to Western Christian for a meeting with the Pioneers. It was a non-league matchup, but Colton still showed up and got the victory 9-3.

"This was our cleanest game of the season and the girls played well in all areas: pitching, hitting and fielding," Colton coach Jim Brochis said. "We scored two in the first, two in the second, three in the third, and two in the fifth."PMG FILE PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Colton freshman Hailee Hordichok has been big for the team offensively, recording a number of hits in the midst of this four game win streak.

To cap off the busy stretch, they welcomed Jefferson to Colton and walked away with a 16-2 victory inside five innings. Dutton pitched eight strikeouts with no walks and only three hits. Colton's bats once again came alive, with Richardson recording four hits, and three for Wimsatt.

"We have tightened up the lineup, putting people where they are most successful for themselves and the team," Brochis said. "Hopefully we can continue our winning ways."

The next game on the schedule is a road game against Santiam (5-1 in league, 10-3 overall) on Monday, April 29 after the Pioneer goes to press.

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