Summer Softball: Rochester Edges Black Hills
By The Chronicle
TUMWATER — Rochester scored six runs in the third inning and held on down the stretch to defeat Black Hills 6-5 in a Thurston County Summer League softball game here on Monday.
Lakota Escott threw all five innings for Rochester, allowing eight hits and three earned runs with 10 strikeouts.
Escott helped her cause at the plate, going 2 for 2 with a hit by pitch and an RBI. Lexie Trombley had a hit, two RBIs and a stolen base and Kianna Groninger added a hit.
Black Hills had a 1-0 lead after two innings before Rochester’s six-run top of the third. Black Hills responded with three runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 6-4 and added a run in the fifth, but couldn’t bring the tying run across.
“The most exciting thing is to give an opportunity to incoming freshmen to play too,” Rochester coach Dave Montgomery said. “Lakota Escott pitched fantastically and the defense played well behind her, making only two errors. Freshman Callie Crawford started at shortstop, a position she can play but not her normal position.”
Rochester plays next on Monday, facing Timberline and the Hit Squad in a doubleheader in Olympia.
ROCHESTER 6, BLACK HILLS 5
Rochester 006 00 — 6 4 2
Black Hills 013 01 — 5 8 5
Batteries: Rochester — Lakota Escott and Kianna Groninger; Black Hills — Zoey Theophilus and Addy Reynolds