SEATTLE – The Huskies picked up two victories in the Fall Classic on Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium. The Huskies opened with a 4-1 win over the Seattle U Redhawks, as Bryana Walker held the Redhawks to just 4 hits, and the Huskies scored all 4 runs with 2 outs. In their second game of the day, the Huskies scored 14 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 19-2 rout of the Wenatchee Valley Knights.
Senior Hooch Fagaly drew a two-out walk in the 1st inning vs. Seattle U, and senior Kaitlin Inglesby followed with a single. Then junior Kimberlee Souza doubled home pinch runner Rylleigh Zbaraschuk, and junior Kylee Lahners drove in pinch runner Ali Aguilar on a single, as the Huskies took a 2-0 lead.
Walker shut down the Redhawks from there, allowing just one run on 4 hits, with 9 strikeouts and 1 walk in 6.0 innings. Walker struck out the final batter in 4 of the 6 innings she pitched.
Inglesby started the second game in the circle and got all the run support she needed in the 1st inning. The Huskies sent 17 batters to the plate in the 1st inning and scored 14 runs. The inning was highlighted by a three-run triple by Lahners and a 3-run home run by Souza.
Inglesby held the Knights to 2 runs on 4 hits with 7 strikeouts. Three of Inglesby’s seven strikeouts came over the last five batters she faced. Inglesby’s outing marked the third game of the tournament in which the Huskies held the opponents to 4 hits or fewer.
Both games on Saturday were Cancer Awareness Pink games, as the Huskies wore pink jerseys that were later auctioned as a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Huskies raised $2,000 through the auction. One-hundred percent of the funds were donated to the Foundation, which has made over $7 million in research grants to cancer investigators at the UW Medical Center and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Before the Huskies game against Seattle U, Kirkland-resident and University of Washington employee Kristi Walker throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Walker is currently receiving treatment for breast cancer at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
The Fall Classic concludes with four games on Sunday, October 6. Seattle U will take on Western Washington at 11:00 a.m. Then at 1:00 p.m., Central Washington faces Wenatchee Valley. The Huskies will wrap up the tournament with a 3:00 p.m. game against Central Washington and a 5:00 p.m. game against Western Washington.