2A Fastpitch: Bearcats Bash Their Way to Victory

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Senior Alisha Anderson belted a three-run homer and junior Kamy Dacus added a two-run blast as W.F. West smashed its way to a 14-2 mercy-rule victory in five innings at home over Aberdeen in 2A Evergreen Conference play.

W.F. West banged out 12 total hits with five Bearcats collecting multiple hits on the day, which included Anderson, Dacus, sophomore Brielle Etter, sophomore Saige Brindle and sophomore Clara Bunker. Bunker also tallied a game-high four RBIs.

“We had a game plan,” W.F. West coach Caty Lieseke said. “We haven’t started out strong this season, but we came out and showed what we have on offense. The girls showed up and showed what they can do at the plate.”

Dacus was her usual self in the circle, striking out seven Bobcats and allowing just two hits in five innings. Lieseke also gave a shout out to the City of Chehalis Parks and Recreation for upgrading the softball facility and installing turf, which allowed Wednesday’s game to still be played despite rain earlier in the day.

The Bearcats (4-0) extended their win streak to four games and host Centralia (0-4) on Friday.

Warriors Mercy-Rule Tigers

Junior Sadie Knutson drilled a three-run home run to lead Rochester to a 16-2 victory over Centralia in five innings at home Wednesday in 2A Evergreen Conference play.

The Warriors have now won three straight after taking a 1-0 loss to W.F. West in their second game of the season. Against Centralia, Rochester was able to run their varsity the first two innings and then sub almost everyone out for the final three innings.

“Have to hand it to Rochester,” Centralia coach David Orr said. “They did a lot in short amount of time and looked like they’ve been practicing for a year.”

The Warriors battered the Tigers for 18 hits on the day with Knutson, Callie Crawford, Jessa Lenzi, Roisin Stull each going 2-for-2 at the plate. Sophomore Kaylei Clark was added three hits and two RBIs.

Rochester pitcher Kiyah Kennedy struck out seven Tigers in three innings in the circle, while freshman Staysha Fluetsch fanned three batters in two innings.

“It’s a testament to having to build a program from the ground up,” Rochester coach Tiffany Garcia said. “We work on the mental game, understanding who we are as people and then the physical game comes a lot easier.”

Centralia, which is in a rebuilding year, tallied three total hits on the day. The Tigers’ lone senior, Courtney Springs, led with two hits and one walk while Ella Orr added a double. Chloe Eng threw three innings in the circle with 14 first-pitch strikes and a 4.33 WHIP. Peyton Smith also pitched.

Centralia falls to 0-4 overall and travels to W.F. West on Friday for a rivalry matchup. Rochester improves to 4-1 overall and heads to Aberdeen on Friday.

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