GRANITE FALLS — The Granite Falls softball team moved to within a game of Cascade Conference-leading Lakewood after a doubleheader sweep of Sultan on Thursday. The Tigers’ Lauren Harding hit a solo home run and pitched a complete game as Granite Falls took the first game 5-2. The Turks’ Shelby Jeffries struck out eight and Rachel Kirkpatrick went 2-for-3 in the loss.
In game two, Sultan jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the third inning, but the Tigers rallied with six runs in the sixth, highlighted by Mikayla Engstrom’s grand slam, to earn an 8-6 victory. Winning pitcher Makenzie McLaughlin finished 2-for-3 with a triple and Kelsey Bechtoldt drove in two runs.
At Granite Falls H.S.
Sultan 000 200 0—2 6 3
Granite Falls 001 310 x—5 2 1
Shelby Jeffries and Rachel Kirkpatrick. Lauren Harding and Lacey Downs. WP—Harding (3-1). LP—Jeffries. HR—Harding.
Sultan 014 001 0—6 7 1
Granite Falls 000 206 x—8 6 0
Courtney Morris and Rachel Kirkpatrick. Lauren Harding, Makenzie McLaughlin (3) and Lacey Downs. WP—McLaughlin (1-0). LP—Morris. 2B—Shelby Jeffries (S). 3B—McLaughlin. HR—Mikayla Engstrom (GF). Records—Sultan 4-5 league, 5-6 overall. Granite Falls 6-2, 7-3.