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The starting pitchers were poised, the relievers were solid and the bats red-hot as the Lower Columbia College Red Devils swept a nonleague baseball doubleheader against Olympic on Saturday at David Story Field.

LCC (3-1) won 4-0 in the opener, and 4-2 in the nightcap.

“It’s nice to get our pitching and hitting to come together,” LCC coach Eric Lane said. “The guys have responded really well after the loss in our season-opener on Friday.”

In the opener, Kelso’s Yancy Bird was in mid-season form, scattering five hits and striking out eight through six innings. DeShawn Johnson backed him with three innings of no-hit relief with three strikeouts.

“Yancy has been doing a real good job the last couple of months,” Lane said. “He threw more strikes, and had his fastball up to 90 miles per hour.”

The Red Devils scored all the runs they needed in the third inning with a two-run single from JT Strickler. Kyle Sandstrom added a solo homer in the seventh, and Ricky Muzzy chipped in a two-run bomb as part of a four run eighth inning.

Strickler had two of LCC’s seven hits.

In the nightcap, the Devils scored three runs courtesy of an RBI single from GJ Hurst, and a two-run homer by Sam Trend-Beacom.

Zac Horne scattered seven hits and struck out seven through 4 1/3 innings, and Derek Downey tossed 4 2/3 innings of 3-hit relief with five strikeouts.

“Zac works his tail off, and has done a good job finding the zone,” Lane said. “Our bullpen was also strong.”

LCC collected seven hits. Trend-Beacom had three hits, Hunter Cook added two with a double, and Chase Hodkinson slapped a double.

The Red Devils host Lane for a doubleheader on Friday.


LCC splits with Highline: The Red Devils had one bad inning in the first game loss, and scored early to take the nightcap in a nonleague doubleheader at Des Moines, Wash. on Saturday.

Lower Columbia (4-2) dropped the opener 8-7, and won the second game 8-3.

In the nightcap, the Red Devils scored four times in the second inning with a two-run homer from Christine Robbins, and a two-run double from Sarah Potwin. Two insurance runs were added in the seventh on consecutive two-out singles from Cheyann Bartlett, Kami Gray, Sophia Zbaeren, and Cheyenne Gilbertson.

In the opener, LCC took a 3-2 lead in the third inning with a two-out RBI single from Skylar Hunter. In the fourth, Highline scored four runs with two outs to take an 8-4 advantage. Briana Harvill drove in a run for the Devils in the sixth, and Landree Miethe and Christine Robbins had RBI singles in the seventh. LCC ended the game with the bases loaded.

LCC visits Shoreline for a doubleheader today.


Sports Reporter

Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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