First trip to the NWAC softball championships, and a first win at the tournament.
Not a bad first day in the eyes of the Clark College Penguins.
The No. 16 seed Penguins remained alive in the double-elimination tournament in Spokane with an 11-2 win over No. 9 Treasure Valley in six innings Friday.
The day started with a near upset as No. 1 seed Douglas rallied to beat the Penguins on a walk-off home run, 9-7.
Clark led Treasure Valley 8-0 after 3 1/2 innings before the Chukars got on the scoreboard with two runs in the fourth.
Lucy Yazzolino and Madison Plummer each went 3 for 4 with a double. Plummer, the winning pitcher, also hit a triple and had three RBI. Yazzolino drove in two runs.
Karley Yoshioka was 2 for 3 with two RBI and three runs scored.
In the opening game, Clark had a 7-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth against the top seed. But the Royals scored three in the sixth to make it 7-5 and won it on Michaela Moore’s home run in the four-run bottom of the seventh.
Yoshioka and Shaz Nakoa-Chung were both 3 for 4 with an RBI for Clark.
The Penguins (16-19) face South region foe Mt. Hood (19-22) at 10 a.m. Saturday in a loser-out game. The winner moves on to a 12:30 p.m. game against the survivor of Wentachee Valley and Highline. And then a 3 p.m. game awaits after that. (Click here for updated bracket)
The NWAC Championships run through Monday.