Dual Threats Vadala, Music Lead The Chronicle’s 2018 All-Area Softball Team
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By Matt Baide
Lewis County had another solid year in softball with Napavine finishing second, W.F. West and Pe Ell-Willapa Valley placing third and Adna earning fourth at the state tournament.
In a season filled with home runs and strikeouts, W.F. West’s Ashlee Vadala and Napavine’s Abbi Music are Co-MVP’s of The Chronicle’s 2018 All-Area Softball team.
Vadala was a senior leader for the third-place Bearcats this season.
“It was a really fun season. It didn’t finish as we wanted but it felt good to go out on a win at the same time,” Vadala said. “Overall, I was just really thankful for my teammates and we had a really good time.”
In the circle, Vadala was 18-3 with a 2.43 ERA in 118 innings. She struck out 146 batters and only had 37 walks.
At the plate, she hit .562 from the cleanup spot in the batting order. She had 59 hits, including 13 doubles and 10 home runs. She scored 26 runs and had a team-high 46 RBIs as she hangs up her glove and bat for good.
“It’s huge, I’ve played since I was about five and now I’m done,” Vadala said. “It’s been really tough and emotional to accept the fact that I’m not going to be playing in the fall but I think that I’m ready to continue my education and just focus on that. The high school part is really sad, I’m going to miss all the girls and everything like that.”
Vadala is in the nursing program at Centralia College and is ending her softball career because of it, especially since softball is a big commitment.
“Outside of it to, I guess everybody doesn’t understand that pitching is a year round thing,” Vadala said. “It’s already kind of like, oh wow, I’m done, like I haven’t been going up there. It’s just weird.”
Her favorite memories from her prep career include the two state titles she’s won, but also the bus rides to and from games with teammates.
“I don’t think I have my whole head wrapped around it yet but I already miss it,” Vadala said. “But at the same time, it’s going to be good for me to be done too. I’m pretty burnt out on it but of course I’m going to miss it…it’s me and my dad’s thing, it’s really sad too that that’s done.”
The standout dual threat in the 2B ranks this season was Music. She was the workhorse pitcher for the Tigers, throwing 142 ⅓ innings with a 2.31 ERA while leading her team to a second-place finish at the State 2B tournament.
“I think the ending wasn’t quite what we wanted but it was a fun season, I was glad to make it that far with my group of seniors,” Music said. “We played hard and had a fun time.”
She had 20 wins in the circle and struck out 234 batters and surpassed 500 strikeouts in her prep career and was named the Central 2B League softball MVP.
“It was nice, I wanted to be in the circle a lot more this year. I just wanted to go out there and dominate,” Music said. “That was awesome, I wasn’t sure if I would get that recognition (C2BL MVP) but it was nice to know that people saw that I worked hard.”
Music was the leadoff hitter for Napavine, hitting a team-high .615 average and 60 runs scored. The senior — signed to play softball with Lower Columbia next season — collected 59 hits, including 20 doubles, five triples and four home runs. Music also had 35 RBIs.
After a second place finish in the NWAC softball tournament, Music is excited to join the Red Devil squad.
“They’re a good program. I’m excited to play with some experienced players and have a new group of girls to meet, get to know,” Music said.
Music was joined on the team by two other Tigers from the team that won the league and district titles in Maddie Thompson and Ada Williams. Thompson, a senior infielder, hit .483 with 43 hits, 25 RBIs and 46 runs scored batting in the No. 2 spot in the Napavine lineup. She had six doubles, four triples and one home run with a .535 on base percentage.
Thompson has committed to playing at Centralia College next season, and Music hopes to face her Napavine teammate at some point.
“Oh yeah, I want to pitch against Maddie,” Music said with a smile.
Williams, a junior infielder, hit in the No. 3 spot and accumulated a .494 average with a team-high 49 RBIs and 36 runs scored.
She had 39 hits, which included 11 doubles, four triples and four home runs. Williams was such a threat at the plate, she drew a team-high 19 walks or HBP.
Vadala was joined by three other members of the Bearcats in Olivia Dean, Paetynn Lopez and Ashlyn Whalen.
Dean, a senior shortstop, accumulated a .508 batting average in the leadoff spot for W.F. West, collecting 60 hits including 14 doubles and five home runs. She had 45 runs scored and 34 RBIs and will play next season at Centralia College.
Lopez, a sophomore catcher, hit .426 with four doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 43 total hits. The No. 2 hitter in the Bearcats’ lineup scored 26 runs and had 36 RBIs and drew a team-high 15 walks.
Whalen is a sophomore second baseman that burst onto the scene for W.F. West. Occupying the No. 3 spot in the battering order, Whalen hit .520 with 52 hits and set a regular season home run record with 10 in the regular season. She was able to score a team-high 48 runs and knocked in 43 runs.
Rochester’s Hunter Hahn and Delaney Glazer were selected to the All-Area team. Hahn, a senior pitcher/infielder, hit .424 with a .547 on base percentage. She hit one home run with 13 RBIs, eight stolen bases and drew 15 walks.
In the circle, Hahn had a 3.63 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched. She has committed to playing softball next season at St. Martin’s University in Lacey.
Glazer was a standout junior for the Warriors this season. She spent the most time in the circle for Rochester, totaling a 2.82 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched.
She recorded the second highest batting average in the EvCo at .556 and had 19 RBIs and four doubles and was a key part of the Warriors run in the district tournament.
The Central 2B League is well represented on the All-Area team. The third-place Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titans landed Sid Pollard and Britney Patrick on the All-Area team.
Pollard was the starting shortstop for PWV and hit .564 with 53 hits, which included 15 doubles, six triples and five home runs. The senior committed to playing next season for the University of Montana-Billings, Pollard scored 54 runs and knocked in 34 runs.
Patrick makes her second straight appearance on the All-Area team after earning an All-Area selection as a freshman last season. Patrick continued to swing the boom stick in her sophomore season, hitting .545 with with 17 doubles, seven triples and 14 home runs while totalling 48 hits.
The starting third baseman was the cleanup hitter for the Titans and recorded a team-high with 55 runs and 58 RBIs.
Adna’s Haley Rainey made the All-Area team this season as a freshman. Rainey hit .419 with 14 doubles, two triples and seven home runs and accumulated 44 hits. She scored 33 runs and had 40 RBIs.
The freshman spent plenty of time in the circle for the Pirates, accumulated a 1.40 ERA and a 10-1 record in 65 innings pitched. She allowed just 13 earned runs and struck out 106 batters.
Onalaska had two players make the All-Area Team in senior Alicia Vint and junior Amy Henderson.
Vint hit .567 at the plate with a .900 slugging percentage and recorded a .980 fielding percentage for the Lady Loggers. Vint has committed to playing softball next season at Doane University in Crete, Neb.
Henderson spent a lot of time in the circle for Onalaska, accumulating an 13-7 record and a 2.93 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 101 innings. At the plate, Henderson hit .490 with an .850 slugging percentage for a Logger squad that qualified for the state tournament.
Winlock’s Cheleena Squibb cracked the All-Area Team for the Cardinals. Squibb was the top hitter for Winlock with a .526 batting average and garnering 20 hits, including four doubles, two triples and two home runs.
She scored 15 runs and had 19 RBIs for a Winlock squad that made a run in the District 4 2B tournament before falling to Onalaska for the final spot into the state tournament.
The Chronicle’s 2018 All-Area Softball Team
Ashlee Vadala (Co-MVP) Sr. W.F. West
Abbi Music (Co-MVP) Sr. Napavine
Olivia Dean Sr. W.F. West
Ashlyn Whalen So. W.F. West
Paetynn Lopez So. W.F. West
Maddie Thompson Sr. Napavine
Ada Williams Jr. Napavine
Haley Rainey Fr. Adna
Britney Patrick So. Pe Ell-Willapa Valley
Sid Pollard Sr. Pe Ell-Willapa Valley
Hunter Hahn Sr. Rochester
Delaney Glazer Jr. Rochester
Alicia Vint Sr. Onalaska
Amy Henderson Jr. Onalaska
Cheleena Squibb Jr. Winlock