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Colby Sherrill and Cheryl Singer — the Cle Elum-Roslyn baseball and softball coaches, respectively — instructed their teams to hold back and not play as aggressive. 

Both teams did, but it didn’t matter. Isaac Wersland, a sophomore on the baseball team, hit a ball off Granger’s center field wall, but held up at first base. 

Neither team stole any bases after the games were decided, and they didn’t advance on passed balls, but it seemed to have no impact on the scoreboard. The Warriors’ baseball team swept Granger 40-0 and 40-1, and the softball team beat the Spartans 16-2 and 34-2 on the road Saturday. 

Sherrill played the majority of his varsity players in the first inning of each game, then substituted in mainly junior varsity players.

“After the game, we were trying to figure out what we could’ve done differently other than just quitting and not playing,” he said. “I’m not real proud of throwing up 80 on them.”

Scoring 80 runs in a doubleheader is rare … especially when one player drives in 23 of them.

Wersland had a career day, going 13-for-15 from the plate with two grand slams, a three-run homer, a triple, two doubles and 23 RBI. Wersland, the backup catcher, was the only varsity player who was in for all 10 innings, since Sherrill gave Teddy Wolfe the day off.

Matt Dellinger finished the day 5-for-6 with four runs and five RBI. 

“People who weren’t there are going to look at the score and think we went out there with the intent of embarrassing them, and that wasn’t our intent at all,” Sherrill said. “I have a lot of respect for their coach. It wasn’t like they were booting the ball around, we just had 70 legitimate hits. Hopefully we didn’t put a target on our back as the bad boys of the SCAC.” 

Between innings, Sherrill told Granger’s head coach running up the score was not intentional, and said he understood. 

“It just so happens everything they hit was a watermelon,” Sherrill said. “I feel really bad when it’s all said and done.”

The Warriors are 5-1 on the season, and have won their last four games. They host La Salle in an 11 a.m. doubleheader on April 12. 

This week, Cle Elum-Roslyn has optional practices during the students’ spring break. 

“We’ll continue to tighten up our defense and continue to work on our offense,” Sherrill said. “We score a lot of runs, and I want to keep them focused on staying aggressive swinging the bat.” 

Softball

Cle Elum-Roslyn softball’s sweep improved its record to 3-1, and 2-0 in South Central Athletic Conference play. 

Senior Sami Sweigard pitched a no-hitter in Game 1, recording eight strikeouts and finishing 7-for-9 with three doubles between both games. 

“Right now we’re in the beginning stages of starting to get really comfortable playing together,” Singer said. “They haven’t gelled yet.”

The Warriors practiced for the first couple days of the week, then pick up again next week before their home doubleheader against La Salle at 11 a.m. on April 12. 

“Offensively, base running is huge,” Singer said. “Smart base running can win ballgames. We’re having a lot of conversations about anticipation and not getting behind in the count.” 

Tennis

The Cle Elum-Roslyn boys tennis team tied Goldendale 2-2, while the girls won 5-0. 

Singles: Cle Elum-Roslyn’s Nick Browitt defeated Stephen Sharp 6-2, 7-5, and Goldendale’s Connor Holbrook beat Zay Neville 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles: Goldendale’s Ethan Hoctor and Brandon Cline beat Van Bronkhorst and Beau Woyke 6-1, 6-0; Cle Elum-Roslyn’s Austin Sill and Marlin Davids topped Ignacio Cano and Spencer Ricks 6-4, 6-0.

Girls

Singles: Cle Elum-Roslyn’s Brooklyn Simmons beat Hanna Hoffman 6-0, 6-3, and Zuley Perez won by forfeit.

Doubles: Emily Lasswell and Hattie Ritter edged Nicole Latimer and Rachel Sharp 7-5, 6-3; Kylee Sutton and Campbell Schmitt beat Faith Simmons and Robyn Cook 6-1, 6-4; Dakota Witte and Isabella Romono won by forfeit.

The tennis teams host Naches Valley at 3:30 p.m. on April 8.

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