Thursday’s Prep Softball: Pirates Walk-Off in Extra Innings Against Rockets
By The Chronicle
ADNA — Skye Snow grounded out in the bottom of the ninth inning to bring home Haley Rainey to help Adna earn a 5-4 win over Castle Rock in nine innings in a non-league softball game here on Thursday.
Rainey did it all for the Pirates, pitching seven scoreless innings while allowing no hits or walks and striking out 12 batters. She also hit a home run and had four runs and three walks.
“We played pretty clean. We made an error that cost us three runs early, extended an inning,” Adna coach Bruce Pocklington said. “Haley Rainey, she threw the heck out of it. We chipped away, we need to swing the bats better but it’s game one. A comeback from 4-0, that’s good for our team.”
Emma Eko was 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI’s and a run. Payton Aselton had an RBI triple and Ruby Bower had two doubles for the Pirates.
Castle Rock scored four runs in the top of the second to take the lead.
Adna started the comeback in the bottom of the third inning with Rainey’s solo home run. The Pirates cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth with Eko’s 2-run home run.
In the bottom of the seventh, Aselton was able to earn a free pass with two outs and the bases loaded to bring home Rainey for the tying run to send the game to extra innings.
“That was a really big at bat. For a girl that hasn’t played since she’s 14, she’s a really good addition to our team,” Pocklington said. “She’s doing a lot of learning right now.”
In the bottom of the ninth, Rainey started on second base and Snow’s groundout brought Rainey home for the walkoff win.
Adna (1-0) hosts Mossyrock on Friday in a Central 2B League game.
Bearcats Swing Past Hilanders
KELSO — W.F. West hit it around the park with 15 hits to help the Bearcats earn a 13-6 win over Kelso in a non-league softball game here on Thursday.
Freshman Kamy Dacus took the circle once again for the Bearcats, pitching all seven innings while allowing six runs on 10 hits with 10 strikeouts.
“She battled back even after giving up some runs and hits. She held her own out there,” W.F. West coach Caty Lieseke said.
At the plate, Paetynn Lopez was 2-for-5 with two doubles and Ashlyn Whalen was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a 2-run home run. Taylor Barker also had a 2-run home run and Ellie Bunker was 3-for-5 for the Bearcats.
W.F. West scored the opening run of the game in the first inning but Kelso answered to tie the game in the second inning before gaining a 3-2 lead after three innings. Each team scored two runs in the fourth inning before the Bearcats tallied seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to pull away for the win.
“It was close most of the game. I liked to see the way we battled,” Lieseke said. “We pulled ahead, they’d come back. Seeing our ability to stick with it and gut it out was encouraging at this point in the season.”
W.F. West (2-0) travels to Auburn on Saturday for a pair of games, first against Bonney Lake at 11:15 a.m. followed by Cle Elum at 3:30 p.m. in non-league games.
Warriors Swamp Beavers in Scatter Creek Showdown
TENINO — Rochester got the better of their cross-creek rivals here on Thursday as they blanked the Beavers 16-0 in non-league softball action.
The Warriors were busy right away, scoring seven runs in the first inning and four more in the second inning. Sadie Knutson, a freshman, helped to pace Rochester from the leadoff spot with two hits, two walks and four RBI’s. Maddie Bates added a pair of doubles, a walk and three RBI’s while Lakota Escott was 2-for-2 on the day with a walk. Lexie Trombley added two hits and drove in a run.
“I was pretty happy with our patience at the plate. On top of all those hits we also had 11 walks,” said Rochester coach Dave Montgomery. “We were also pretty good on the base paths today and looking to take extra bases when we could.”
Delaney Glazer started the game in the hurler’s circle for the Warriors and allowed just two hits in three innings of work while striking out six batters. Kiyah Kennedy wrapped things up with four strikeouts over the final two innings.
“We have a lot of young pitchers behind Delaney. We’ll be counting on Delaney to take us far this season but it’s nice to have so many young options behind her,” added Montgomery. “Honestly, it’s just the first game of the season so it’s just nice to get out on the dirt and figure out what things we need to work on as a team and what girls need to work on individually.”
Rochester was scheduled to head over the mountain pass to play this weekend but lingering snow on the playing fields has changed their plans. Instead they will stay home to play Kittitas at 11 a.m. on Saturday before facing Elma at 3 p.m.
PIRATES 5, ROCKETS 4 (9 inn.)
Castle Rock 040 000 000 —4 4 0
Adna 001 020 101 —5 8 1
Batteries: Castle Rock — Kessler and T. Naugle; Adna — Skye Snow, Haley Rainey (3) and Emma Eko
BEARCATS 13, HILANDERS 6
W.F. West 101 207 2 — 13 15 0
Kelso 012 200 1 — 6 10 4
Batteries: W.F. West — Kamy Dacus and Paetynn Lopez; Kelso — Hailey Jackson, Courtney Parsons, Capri Franzen and Hailey Parsons
WARRIORS 16, BEAVERS 0 (5 inn.)
Rochester 740 32 — 16 11 2
Tenino 000 00 — 0 3 3
Batteries: Rochester — Delaney Glazer, Kiyah Kennedy (4) and Lexie Trombley and Bethany Hawes (5); Tenino — Cassie Cannon, Emily Baxter (2) and Backman