NIC SOFTBALL: Cardinals get a split with Walla Walla

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Jori Kerr homered in the first inning and Bailey Cavanagh hit a grand slam in the fifth inning for North Idaho College in a 13-5 win over Walla Walla in the first game of a Northwest Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday.

Ashlyn Winn and Taylor Anderson also homered, Grace Shimatsu went 3 for 3 with an RBI in the opener for NIC (16-8, 14-4 NWAC).

In the nightcap, Brianna Hecker hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning for the Cardinals, who fell to the Warriors 7-4 to split the twinbill. Walla Walla is 15-11, 10-8.

NIC faces Clackamas and Southwestern Oregon on Friday in Oregon City, Ore.

FIRST GAME

North Idaho 124 15 — 13 11 1

Walla Walla 002 12 — 5 7 2

Game called after 5 innings due to 8-run rule.

Madi Mott, McKenzie Wilson (5), Andrea Hoey (5) and Taylor Anderson; Rosie Cantu and Ashton Buffo. W — Mott. L — Cantu.

HITS: NIC — Winn 2, Kerr 2, Hecker, Cavanagh, Anderson 2, Shimatsu 3. WWCC — Crist, Oates, Beckstrom 2, Haskell 2, Carpenter. 2B — Kerr, Haskell. HR — Winn, Kerr, Cavanagh, Anderson, Beckstrom, Carpenter.

SECOND GAME

North Idaho 000 300 1 — 4 7 0

Walla Walla 200 302 x — 7 10 1

Grace Ferres, Madi Mott (5) and Taylor Anderson; Abby Giles and Ashton Buffo. W — Giles. L — Ferres.

HITS: NIC — Kerr, Mott 2, Hecker, Amesquita. WWCC — Crist 2, Oates, Carpenter, Haskell 2, Call 2, Giles, MacDonald. 2B — Crist. HR — Kerr, Hecker, Carpenter.

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