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Spring sports update

Softball splits with Highline, stays in playoff chase

The Gators resumed their doubleheader with league rival Highline Community College on Tuesday from a date halted by rain two weeks ago.

After losing 6-14 in game one, Green River took advantage of a strong pitching performance by sophomore ace Madison Mainard (Campbell High School) and a third inning two-run home run from Kihani Kahananui (Kealakehe High School) to defeat the T-Birds 3-1.

Green River and Highline are now tied for fourth place in the Western Region and will meet on Saturday for a rematch that could likely determine who qualifies for the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges tournament. Each region will send four teams to the championship event, which concludes the season.

Baseball swept by Lower Columbia College

The Green River baseball team took on Western Region power Lower Columbia College over the weekend with four consecutive losses.

Ranked No. 15 in the latest American Baseball Coaches Association poll, the Red Devils kept the pressure on the Gators in all four games. The Gators were stymied by clutch hits and quality defense.

Starting pitchers Micah Dohlen (Kentlake High School) and Tyler Bernheisel (Vashon Island High School) had good outings on the mound, but did not get the defensive support necessary to earn the victory. Nineteen errors by the Gators defense contributed to the final outcome.

Men's, women's golf finish second in snow-shortened tournament

Both the men and women's golf teams took to the slopes in Cle Elum's Suncadia Golf Resort for the fourth and final league match of the season.

A solid first day's work, both teams were poised in second place when an unexpected blizzard fell on the course, forcing the cancelation of the tournament's second day.

The team will warm up from the chill and eagerly anticipates their next match at Anvalon Golf Course for the Cardinal Invitational hosted by Skagit Valley Community College.

Lisa Petersen wins 100-meter at Western Washington twilight meet

Green River sophomore speedster Lisa Petersen (Lindbergh High School) showed the region she has recovered from her pulled hamstring with an impressive 12.20 100-meter race at the Western Washington twilight meet in Bellingham last Friday.

Peterson's time took first place against many four-year university athletes from Saint Martin's, Western Washington and Seattle Pacific. Next, the Gators will take part in the prestigious Ken Shannon Invitational hosted at the University of Washington.

 Upcoming events

Friday, May 3: Softball at Centralia, 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 4: Softball at Highline, noon.

Saturday, May 4: Baseball at Tacoma, 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 4: Men's and women's track at University of Washington.

Sunday, May 5: Baseball vs. Tacoma at Heritage Park, Puyallup, 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 5: Men's and women's golf at Skagit Valley Tournament

Visit the NWAACC website for more information regarding league standings and highlights.