Tuesday’s Prep Softball: Too Swampy for Centralia, W.F. West to Complete Softball Matchup
By Matt Baide / firstname.lastname@example.org
It isn’t a true Swamp Cup game without a little bit of rain, but the rain was the ultimate winner at Borst Park in Centralia as the Bearcats lead Centralia 4-1 in the top of the fifth inning of a postponed Evergreen 2A Conference softball game.
Kamy Dacus pitched all four innings for the Bearcats, allowing two hits and one run with six strikeouts. Centralia’s Sophie Duffy pitched four innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs with two strikeouts.
The Bearcats scored two runs in the first inning. Ava Fugate scored on an error and Annika Waring grounded out but was able to bring home Paetynn Lopez for a 2-0 lead.
Centralia got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Courtney Spriggs reached base on an error and after a bunt to advance Spriggs, McKenzie Ulrich hit a single up the middle to bring home Spriggs.
W.F. West brought two more runs across in the top of the fourth inning as the rain started to fall. Paytton Crawford hit a single and Taylor Barker followed up with a double to bring home Crawford. Ellie Bunker came up next and hit a single to bring home Barker.
“I liked our ability to hit the ball with runners on,” W.F. West coach Caty Lieseke said. “We scored two runs with two outs in that top of the fourth. That was something that I just really liked about today.”
The top of the fifth was about to start before the umpires stepped in and suspended the game as the rain started to pick up.
“Our defense was outstanding, the pitching was outstanding. We had a few errors in the outfield that we need to clean up, but other than that, I was really happy with what Sophie did and Hannah (Porter) was calling the game and she did a great job,” Centralia coach David Orr said. “Offensively, we just missed a few balls. Girls are hitting, they’re seeing it. We knew that she was going to throw that rise coming in and just learn to lay off of it and go right at her next time we play.”
After their first league loss of the season against Rochester on Monday, Lieseke noted it was really important for her team to come out and play today, even if the game wasn’t completed.
“We loved that we get to come back out here today and have the chance to just step right back into who we are and how we want to play this game,” Lieseke said.
After watching the Bearcats score two runs in the inning just before play was suspended, Orr isn’t too upset about the game being delayed.
“I think the momentum was shifting so actually we might have slipped away from one there,” Orr said. “It does give us a little bit of time to strategize and go back at it so I’ll take it. Finally, the rain comes at a benefit.”
The date and time of the game being resumed is to be determined.
“I mean, it’s a little different but I think it’s kind of nice to start a game on top I guess so we’ll talk about it when we get there but right now, it’s at least a week off,” Lieseke said.
Centralia travels to Rochester on Wednesday while W.F. West hosts Black Hills on Wednesday in an EvCo contest.
Williams’ Bat Catches Fire in Napavine Win
RAINIER — Napavine’s Ada Williams sent three balls over the fence here on Tuesday as the Tigers won 16-6 in six innings in a Central 2B League softball game.
Williams hit a 2-run home run in the first and a 3-run home run in the fourth and sixth innings. She was also hit by a pitch twice.
Solana Sanchez was 3-for-5 with two doubles and Jordan Wilson was 4-for-5 with a double. Rae Sisson was 3-for-5 with a double for the Tigers.
Napavine scored three runs in the first but the Mountaineers tied the game at three after three innings. The Tigers broke the game open with four runs in the fourth followed by two runs in the fifth and seven runs in the sixth inning to secure the win.
“They’re getting better. They’re still learning to compete,” Napavine coach Chad Williams said. “Once they start learning how to win, it will be a fun group to watch. Ada (Williams) had a big day, I think that sparked us a little bit.”
The Tigers and Mountaineers were scheduled to play a doubleheader but the second game was rained out in the third inning.
Napavine (4-6, 3-6) hosts Northwest Christian (Colbert) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a non-league game and a rematch of last year’s 2B state title game. Pe Ell-Willapa Valley will face the Crusaders at 11 a.m. before NWC faces host Napavine.
TIGERS 16, MOUNTAINEERS 6 (6 inn.)
Napavine 300 427 — 16 21 1
Rainier 021 030 — 6 9 1
Batteries: Napavine — Cailyn Milton, Ada Williams and Jordan Wilson; Rainier — Watts and Webb-Rocha