Thursday’s Prep Softball: Bearcats Tear Into Tigers
By The Chronicle
W.F. West dispatched Centralia 10-0 in a six inning rendition of the Swamp Cup that doubled as an Evergreen 2A Conference softball matchup at Recreation Park in Chehalis on Thursday.
Kamy Dacus tossed a complete game shutout for the Bearcats, allowing just five hits and striking out eight Tigers.
“Some runners got on for a variety of reasons but she did a great job of stranding runners on base,” said W.F. West coach Caty Lieseke.
Paytton Crawford, Kady Taylor, and Annika Waring all had two hits for the Bearcats on the day. Waring added three RBI.
Lieseke said that the Swamp Cup is always a game that stands out on the schedule every year.
“It’s one that we’ve been looking at. Every game is an important game but it’s fun to come out and play good against our crosstown rivals,” Lieseke said. “We’re feeling good going into our game against Tumwater.”
W.F. West (13-1, 8-1 league) will host Tumwater on Friday.
Tigers Rip Through Seagulls
NAPAVINE — Napavine collected 14 hits to earn a 15-5 win in six innings over Raymond in a non-league softball game here on Thursday.
Kaiya Larson was 2-for-3 with three runs and a solo home run in the fifth. Ada Williams was 3-for-5 with three runs, four RBI and a two run home run in the sixth. Solana Sanchez was 3-for-5 with a double for the Tigers.
Napavine scored two runs in the first before breaking the game open with eight runs in the third inning.
The Tigers only walked one batter but did commit eight errors in the win.
“We got a win and it’s a non-league win so it is a win. We’ve got to clean it up, we’re making some errors in the field and some errors on the bases,” Napavine coach Chad Williams said. “If we clean some stuff up, we’re hitting the ball okay, reduce the amount of errors and we’ll be fine.”
Napavine (5-8, 3-7) hosts Morton-White Pass for a Central 2B League doubleheader on Friday.
Shorthanded Warriors Can’t Keep Pace With Aberdeen
ROCHESTER — The Warriors couldn’t catch a break here Thursday as they fell 16-6 to Aberdeen in a five inning Evergreen 2A Conference softball matchup.
Rochester started the contest off behind the eight ball with a mess of players sitting out the contest for one reason or another.
“We definitely got hit by illness and injury,” said Rochester coach Dave Montgomery. “We had two girls come to school hoping to play. One went home. The other went to Urgent Care. And we already had four varsity girls out.”
The two teams both scored three runs in the first inning but then things started to go sideways for the Warriors, who were playing several players out of position due to their short roster. Aberdeen scored six runs in the second and seven runs in the third inning in order to push the game into mercy-rule territory.
The Bobcats had 14 hits on the day but Kiyah Kennedy, Delaney Glazer and Sadie Knutson also combined to rack up 11 strikeouts on the day.
Faith Kennedy was 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk and two RBI for Rochester. Glazer added a pair of hits and Lakota Escott had one hit and a pair of RBI.
“Maddie Bates hit a double that if our fences weren’t eight feet tall it would have been a home run easy,” added Montgomery.
Montgomery said it will be imperative for his team to get on the mend sooner rather than later in order to continue their push for the playoffs.
“After the game we talked about how we’ve had games where our hitting has been fantastic. We’ve had games where the pitching was on. We’ve had plenty of games where the pitching was fantastic. Now it’s just a matter of putting those three elements together,” said Montgomery. “We’ll lick our wounds over the weekend and then get right back at it next week because all of our goals are still in front of us.”
Rochester (7-7, 4-6 league) will play at W.F. West on Monday.
TIGERS 15, SEAGULLS 5 (6 inn.)
Raymond 010 211 — 5 6 5
Napavine 208 014 — 15 14 8
Batteries: Raymond — Swaggor and Stigar; Napavine — Cailyn Milton, Ada Williams (2), Milton (6) and Jordan Wilson
BOBCATS 16, WARRIORS 6 (5 inn.)
Aberdeen 367 00 — 16 14 0
Rochester 330 00 — 6 9 9
Batteries: Aberdeen — Jaylin McDaniel and Sierra Hammond; Rochester — Kiyah Kennedy, Delaney Glazer (2), Sadie Knutson (2), Kennedy (3) and Beth Hawes
BEARCATS 10, TIGERS 0 (6 inn.)
Centralia 000 000 — 0 5 6
W.F. West 310 051 — 10 9 1
Batteries: Centralia — McKenzie Ulrich, Sophie Duffy (5) and Hannah Porter; W.F. West — Kamy Dacus and Paetynn Lopez