The past week hasn’t been a good one for the Olympic College softball team.
The Rangers, who had a seven-game winning streak snapped, have now lost two straight series and four games as they fell to Douglas College Saturday afternoon 12-3 and 19-8 in a Northwest Athletic Conference North Division doubleheader.
The first game ended in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule at Gene Lobe Fields at the Kitsap Fairgrounds. That’s a far cry from the confident team that took to the field in the month of April to sit in second place in the Northern Division that included a win against Bellevue, the top team in the division.
Olympic (13-12 overall, 10-6 North) now sits in fourth place, behind Douglas with Bellevue still in first followed by Edmonds.
The Rangers didn’t procure a hit against the Lions until the third inning when Marissa Fenton smacked a line drive down the first-base line for a single. OC didn’t plate a runner until Taylar Clark hit a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first. Mechelle Nisbet drew a walk and Kyler Tsukada drove a long fly ball beyond the fence for a two-run homer. But that would be it as Douglas closed out the win with a five-run fifth innings.
Douglas took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first in the second game but this time the Rangers answered with a 3-run production in the bottom half of the inning. Nisbet drove in Alexandra Kessler-Paulino, who singled and reached third on a Douglas error, with a hit and Natasha
The Rangers were able to maintain Douglas’ offensive output most of the game as the Lions scored four runs in the top of the third to take a 5-1 lead and OC came back to score three in the third and one in the fourth to grab the lead, 7-5.
Unfortunately, the Lions scored a nine-run fifth and five more in the top of the seventh to put the game away for good.
The Rangers will be at Edmonds Tuesday before hosting Skagit Valley Friday at 1 and 3 p.m.