Thursday’s Prep Softball: W.F. West Crushes Centralia to Earn League Title
SWINGING: Bearcats Collect 16 Hits to Clinch EvCo Title in 18-0 Win
By Matt Baide
The Bearcats made it clear early that they were at Borst Park in Centralia on Thursday to win the league title and that’s exactly what they did, earning an 18-0 win in three innings against the Tigers in an Evergreen 2A Conference softball game.
Kamy Dacus pitched a complete game for the Bearcats, allowing no hits while striking out three batters.
At the plate, Ava Fugate was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, three runs and five RBI and Ashlyn Whalen was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, a run and three RBI.
Trinatie Snider was 2-for-2 with a double, a run and a RBI and Paytton Crawford was 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run.
“We’ve been talking about just having five to win after not this last one against Tumwater but the one before and so it’s just great to make it happen, to see the girls come out with just a different attitude these last five games and say, no this is ours, lets not let anybody take it,” W.F. West coach Caty Lieseke said.
Centralia was able to get a couple runners on but were never able to generate much offense against Dacus.
“We were definitely not sharp, were not crisp. We made a lot of errors, ton of errors. I hate to say that senior night was a distraction, but it was probably part of the distraction,” Centralia coach David Orr said. “Chehalis is a tough team. You can’t make mistakes playing Chehalis. Coming in, I knew that we couldn’t make mistakes like that. Hats off to them, they played one heck of a game. Their pitcher shut us down.”
The Bearcats scored 10 runs in the first inning. Ava Fugate led the game off and reached second base on errors. After back-to-back strikeouts, the next nine batters scored on five hits, capped off by a two run home run by Whalen.
“We’ve been talking about first inning approach, just wanting to come out and take control from the start,” Lieseke said. “The girls really took that to heart and showed that even with two outs, we can score 10. With two outs, we can do a lot and so just knowing they have a lot of fight and no quit in them is fantastic.”
Centralia helped keep the rally alive with four errors in the inning.
“I didn’t have any words for them tonight. It was something like I’ve never seen, it was like quicksand and it was contagious,” Orr said. “Nobody was immune to the errors tonight. We just have to flush it. I told the girls before they walk off the field, they can be upset, but before they walk off the field, they need to forget about this game because we’ve got big games coming up.”
The Bearcats piled it on with seven runs in the second inning before plating a lone run in the third inning.
W.F. West ends the regular season 18-2 overall and 13-2 in league games. The Bearcats will be the top seed out of the EvCo and will face the Greater St. Helens League’s No. 4 team at 4 p.m. next Thursday at 7th Avenue Park in Longview to begin the District 4 2A softball tournament.
“We’ve got some scouts and some ideas of who we’re going to come up against and so just preparing for what we think we’re going to see and making sure we’ve got a gameplan for every game we could enter,” Lieseke said.
It was senior night for Centralia’s Bernice Ramirez, Hannah Porter and Aspen Lilly.
The Tigers end the regular season 10-9 overall and 7-8 in league games. The Tigers are the No. 3 seed from the EvCo and will face the GSHL’s No. 2 team next Thursday at 4 p.m. in Longview.
“We’re going to be taking a lot of infield, that’s for sure. We’re down a pitcher so we’ve got, Aspen came in tonight, she hasn’t pitched hardly at all this year. She did a great job for us,” Orr said. “Sophie’s not 100 percent so try to keep her healthy so we’ll work on getting our pitchers ready to go.”
Winlock Caps Regular Season With Win Over Naselle
WINLOCK — Cheleena Squibb had a day at the plate and Jenna Jones was solid in the circle to lead Winlock to an 11-3 win over Naselle in a non-league softball game here on Thursday.
Jones pitched all seven innings, allowing four hits, three earned runs and one walk with 11 strikeouts. She helped her own cause at the plate with a hit, two runs and a RBI.
Cheleena Squibb was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs and a RBI. Makayla Allbritton added a double and a run and Addison Hall had a hit, two runs and a RBI. Madison Lofberg chipped in a hit and two runs for the Cardinals.
Naselle scored three runs in the fourth inning to open the scoring, but the Cardinals answered in the bottom of the fourth with seven runs. Winlock tacked on four runs in the fifth to complete the win.
“Really good, we’re just continuing to work on the small things before districts. It took us a couple innings to get going but once we got rolling, it was a much better game,” Winlock coach Chantel Nelson said.
It was senior night for Winlock’s Cheleena Squibb, Jenna Jones, Makayla Allbritton, Madison Lofberg and Joana Barragan.
Winlock ends the regular season 14-5 overall and 9-5 in league games. The Cardinals are the No. 5 seed out of the C2BL and will face Ilwaco on Monday to begin the District 4 2B softball tournament at Borst Park in Centralia.
Castle Rock Drops Morton-White Pass
CASTLE ROCK — Morton-White Pass battled with Castle Rock here on Thursday, with the Rockets earning a 10-8 win in non-league softball action.
Jaiden Linder pitched all seven innings for MWP, striking out four batters.
At the plate, Hailey Brooks was 2-for-3 with a triple and a two run home run and Belen Salguero also hit a two run home run. Taylor Hazen was 3-for-3 with two RBI and Linder added two singles for the Timberwolves.
Each team scored at least one run in the first five innings, with the Rockets leading 9-8. Castle Rock added one more run in the sixth inning to insure the win.
“I thought we hit the ball pretty good. We scored in all of the first five innings, left a couple runs out there,” MWP coach Rob Hazen said. “Overall, I thought we attacked the ball OK, put the ball in play a little bit. Defense was a little better, three errors, led to a couple runs. Overall, I thought we did a good job.”
MWP ends the regular season 14-7 overall and 9-5 in league games. The T-Wolves are the No. 4 seed out of the C2BL and will face North Beach on Monday at 6 p.m. at Borst Park to begin the District 4 2B softball tournament.
Napavine Falls to Hoquiam
NAPAVINE — The Tigers had seven errors to allow Hoquiam to earn a 17-9 win in a non-league softball game here on Thursday.
Ada Williams was 2-for-3 with a double and Cailyn Milton was 2-for-4 with a double. Milton pitched all seven innings for Napavine.
Napavine’s big inning occurred in the third, plating four runs. Hoquiam tallied seven runs in the second inning and five runs in the fourth inning to lock up the win.
Napavine (8-11, 6-8) wraps up the regular season on the road against La Center in a non-league game on Friday.
Errors Cost Titans Against Eagles
PE ELL — Pe Ell-Willapa Valley’s Olivia Matlock had a solid performance in the circle, but seven Titan errors helped Elma win 5-3 in a non-league softball game here on Thursday.
Matlock struck out 11 batters with three walks. She was also 1-for-2 with a double.
PWV’s Katie Adkins was 2-for-4 and Jeorgi Ritzman was 2-for-3 with a RBI.
Elma scored one run in the first inning and that lead lasted until the fourth inning as the Titans scored a run to tie the game.
The Titans scored two runs in the fifth inning to lead 3-2, but Elma tallied three runs in the sixth inning and held on for the win.
“We weren’t sharp, that’s all I can say. Both teams are good teams, Elma is a tough team now. They’re coached well, they put some bunts down and we had a little trouble with that,” PWV coach Ken Olson said. “We hit a lot of hard balls but we hit a lot of balls at people pretty hard. We didn’t get enough big hits to make a difference. Obviously, Olivia threw well enough, she pitched well enough to probably win the game if we were playing decent defence.”
PWV ends the regular season 16-4 overall and 12-0 in league games. The Titans are the top seed out of the P2BL and will begin the District 4 2B softball tournament on Wednesday at 2 p.m. against the winner of North Beach and Morton-White Pass.
Aberdeen Takes Down Rochester
ABERDEEN — Rochester had five errors against Aberdeen to allow the Bobcats to win 8-2 in an Evergreen 2A Conference softball game here on Thursday.
Kiyah Kennedy started in the circle and pitched the first five innings, allowing three walks while striking out six batters.
Lexie Trombley was 2-for-3 at the plate and behind the plate, she threw out two base runners trying to steal.
Aberdeen scored one run in the first and third innings before plating two runs in the fifth inning and four runs in the sixth inning. The Warriors scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning.
“Bats were really cool in this one. It took us a while to get them going and by that time, Aberdeen had done their damage,” Rochester coach Dave Montgomery said. “We have to get the bats going and support our pitchers with better days at the plate and with our gloves.”
Rochester (8-11, 5-10) hosts Forks on Monday to wrap up the regular season on senior night.
BEARCATS 18, TIGERS 0 (3 inn.)
W.F. West (10)71 — 18 16 1
Centralia 000 — 0 0 6
Batteries: W.F. West — Kamy Dacus and Paetynn Lopez; Centralia — Sophie Duffy, Aspen Lilly (2) and Hannah Porter
CARDINALS 11, COMETS 3
Naselle 000 300 0 — 3 4 6
Winlock 000 740 X — 11 9 2
Batteries: Naselle — Brynn Tarabochia and Hollie Haataia; Winlock — Jenna Jones and Raychel Squibb
At Castle Rock
ROCKETS 10, T-WOLVES 8
Morton-WP 121 220 0 — 8 11 3
Castle Rock 112 231 X — 10 12 1
Batteries: Morton-White Pass — Jaiden Linder and Hannah Smathers; Castle Rock — Kimball and Naugle
GRIZZLIES 17, TIGERS 9
Hoquiam 071 510 3 — 17 13 2
Napavine 014 111 1 — 9 8 7
Batteries: Hoquiam — Hilliard and Elders; Napavine — Cailyn Milton and Jordan Wilson
At Pe Ell
EAGLES 5, TITANS 3
Elma 100 013 0 — 5 6 2
Pe Ell-WV 000 120 0 — 3 7 7
Batteries: Elma — Mikel and Cain; Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Olivia Matlock and Grace Hodel
BOBCATS 8, WARRIORS 2
Rochester 000 000 2 — 2 6 5
Aberdeen 101 024 X — 8 5 0
Batteries: Rochester — Kiyah Kennedy, Delaney Glazer (6) and Lexie Trombley; Aberdeen — McDaniel and Hammond