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Douglas Royals to ball and bat quarter-finals

Baseball men on to final eight, while softball women fall in championship conference quarter-finals

The Douglas College Royals booked a ticket into the first round of the Northwest conference baseball championships.

Douglas defeated Columbia Basin 10-9 in 11 innings to earn a spot in the final eight at Lower Columbia College, beginning Thursday.

The Royals will take on Treasure Valley in their first-round match on May 21.

In the qualifying round, Columbia Basin outhit the Royals 16-12 and scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings.

In the 11th, Nolan Handley cracked a two-out single, which resulted in an fielding error that eventually scored Jeff Bouchard from second for what proved to be the game-winning run. Josh Yung got credit for the win, striking out three in the final three innings for the Royals.

The Douglas College women lost both its Saturday quarter-finals and failed to advance to the Northwest college conference finals in Portland, Oregon.

The Royals lost 6-0 to Clackamas in the championship round and dropped to the consolation quarter-final against Mt. Hood.

There, the South region runner-up pounded the Royals for 20 hits en route to a 13-2 win. Ashley Storoshenko batted in both Douglas runs in the third inning.

Earlier, Douglas, which won the North region league title with a record of 22-2, advanced through the championship round with an 11-3 win over Pierce County and a 7-6 victory over Wenatchee Valley.

Taylor Miller had two hits and batted in three runs against Pierce. Allison Wiens scored the game-winning run on an error in the sixth against Wenatchee Valley.