The Southwestern Oregon Community College softball team split its NWAC South Region-opening doubleheader against Lower Columbia on Thursday, one day before NWAC suspended all sports for a month.

The Lakers lost the opener to the Red Devils 4-3, but bounced back to take the nightcap 10-7 in another power display.

In the first game, SWOCC got home runs by Rheanna Russo and Brittany Bye. Russo also had a single and two RBIs and Bye also had two hits in the loss.

Valeti Fifita and Saydie Harris had home runs for Lower Columbia.

In the nightcap, Russo, Bye, Alyssa Smokey and McKenna Marshall all had home runs.

Marshall had two hits and four RBIs and Bye drove in two runs.

Russo, Bye, Smokey and Marshall scored twice each. Bye and Smokey both had three hits and Tanner Higgins had two hits and a run.

Anja Weiss picked up the win in relief of starter Alyssa Jimenez. Smokey pitched the seventh inning.

The Lakers are 12-4 overall. Lower Columbia is 5-4.

In 16 games, the Lakers have already scored 170 runs this season, with at least 10 in 10 different contests.

They won’t get to add to that total until at least April 13, since NWAC suspended all contests until that date.

“Our priority is the safety and health of our student-athletes, staffs and all of those who play a role in supporting NWAC athletics,” a message on the associations website read. “We will continue to monitor information from the CDC, state and local health authorities. As the situation continues, NWAC will act accordingly.”

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