Wednesday’s Prep Softball: W.F. West Swings Past Centralia in Resumed Game
By The Chronicle
W.F. West’s bats started strong and Centralia couldn’t come up with an answer as the Bearcats won 12-1 in six innings in an Evergreen 2A Conference softball game at Borst Park in Centralia on Wednesday.
The game resumed in the top of the fifth inning with the Bearcats leading 4-1 after a game that started last Tuesday was called after four innings due to weather.
W.F. West picked up right where they left off. Ava Fugate scored on a throwing error and Paytton Crawford hit a single with the bases loaded to bring home two more runs. Taylor Barker stepped up after Crawford and cleared the bases by hitting a three run home run over the cenerfield fence for a 10-1 lead after five innings.
In the top of the sixth, Crawford knocked in another run with an infield single and Crawford eventually scored for a 12-1 advantage. Kamy Dacus pitched both innings and closed out the Tigers in the sixth inning.
“Yesterday, we were hitting the ball hard and it wasn’t finding places. Today, we hit the ball hard and it did. Just glad to see the girls get the reward of seeing balls drop and seeing balls where they can and should be going,” W.F. West coach Caty Lieseke said. “Taylor Barker hit a three run home run off a changeup which is awesome to see that. I like the way Kamy (Dacus) came out and just took care of business and shut them down.”
Centralia came into the resumed game with confidence after a win over Black Hills on Tuesday but wasn’t able to get anything going against the Bearcats.
“We came out and they were super nervous. I could tell that the girls had nerves before we took the field. We made a lot of errors and not typical errors. It’s something we can clean up,” Centralia coach David Orr said. “It’s a rivalry game, it’s always a big game. The girls kind of build it up more than they should. We’re going to go home tonight, talk about what we need to fix and come back tomorrow and play them tough.”
The Bearcats (12-1, 7-1) will play two more games on Thursday and Friday, but Lieseke said the team is just fine with that.
“I think we’re a team that we just want to play,” Lieseke said. “Every day at practice, we just want to play. We’re excited and trying to keep ourselves well rested but we’re pumped about it.”
Orr is happy Centralia (6-6, 4-5) has another chance to face the Bearcats on Thursday at Recreation Park and correct their mistakes from Wednesday.
“The caliber of pitching that we’ve seen yesterday, both great pitchers. It’s just offspeed stuff that we were seeing yesterday,” Orr said. “Coming in and having to adjust to her so quickly, it’s our life but they need to get it done so seeing that three innings now and get to go back at them tomorrow and make some adjustments.”
Titans Crush South Bend
SOUTH BEND — Pe Ell-Willapa Valley played eight innings total as the Titans earned a sweep of South Bend in a Pacific 2B League softball doubleheader here on Wednesday.
The Titans won Game 1, 16-1, in four innings. Britney Patrick had two triples and two runs and Kamryn Adkins had a double and three RBI. Presley Peterson was 2-for-2 with two runs.
Kamryn Adkins and Dani Shannon combined to throw a one hitter in the win.
PWV scored eight runs in the second inning before scoring five runs in the third and three runs in the fourth to end the game early.
It was more of the same in Game 2 with the Titans earning a 15-0 win in four innings. PWV’s Patrick hit two triples with two RBI and Katelyn McGough also had two triples. Olivia Matlock had a triple and two RBI and Grace Hodel was 2-for-2 for the Titans.
Matlock and Erin McCauley combined for a no-hitter for PWV.
The Titans scored eight runs in the first inning to cruise to the win.
PWV (12-2, 10-0) travels to Lacey on Friday to take on Timberline in a non-league game.
Rochester Blanks Black Hills
TUMWATER — Delaney Glazer threw a gem in the circle to lead the Warriors to a 9-0 win over Black Hills in an Evergreen 2A Conference softball game here on Wednesday.
Glazer allowed two hits while striking out 11 batters.
At the plate, Faith Kennedy, Callie Crawford and Glazer were each 3-for-4 and one of Crawford’s hits was a double. Sadie Knutson was 2-for-4 with a triple for Rochester.
The Warriors scored four runs in the first inning for an early lead. Rochester tacked on one run in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth to secure the victory.
“We were really solid defensively, probably the most happy about that. We really bounced back from the game yesterday at Tumwater,” Rochester coach Dave Montgomery said. “Delaney was awesome in the circle again. I’m happy the bats are starting to wake up, we hit the ball really well today.”
Montgomery noted the defense of Kiyah Kennedy making a diving catch in centerfield. He also noted Faith Kennedy throwing out a runner at first from right field.
Rochester (7-6, 4-5) hosts Aberdeen on Thursday.
At South Bend
TITANS 16, INDIANS 1 (4 inn.)
Pe Ell-WV 085 3 — 16 9 0
South Bend 000 1 — 1 1 5
Batteries: Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Kamryn Adkins, Dani Shannon (4) and Grace Hodel, Chayse Coady (4); South Bend — Sawyer and Rosas
TITANS 15, INDIANS 0 (4 inn.)
South Bend 000 0 — 0 0 1
Pe Ell-WV 841 2 — 15 15 0
Batteries: South Bend — Kluken and Pickennell; Pe Ell-Willapa Valley — Olivia Matlock, Erin McCauley (3) and Grace Hodel, Mariana Conklin (3)
WARRIORS 9, WOLVES 0
Rochester 400 140 0 — 9 15 0
Black Hills 000 000 0 — 0 2 7
Batteries: Rochester — Delaney Glazer, Liz Phelps (7) and Lexie Trombley; Black Hills — Theophilus, Luhr (6) and Rainbolt