Onalaska, though maybe somewhat over-excited in the early goings, raced to an 18-8 first-round win over the Morton-White Pass Timberwolves on Monday behind 17 hits and solid enough pitching.
Loggers coach Rich Teitzel said the Loggers came out quite eager at the plate, lunging and impatiently attacking MWP pitches. It took a small speech from him and a big hit in the second inning to finally settle the Loggers down, and they took it from there.
Alex Cleveland-Barrera launched a two-run bomb in the second to ease the Loggers spirits, and the offensive barrage flowed from there. Hannah Jones added three hits, including a triple, Desi Smith added three hits with a double, and Saylor “Popeye” Stone pitched in with three hits, one a double. Stone also scored the game’s ending run to enact the mercy rule.
Dylan “Pickle” Zigler struck out three Timberwolves over 3.1 innings, but did walk five. Lisa Liddell finished the ballgame off with a strikeout and a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, all on ground balls.
Onalaska visits undefeated Pe Ell/Willapa Valley in the second round on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Morton-White Pass’ season ends with a 3-10 record.
Rainier scored two sixth-inning runs, breaking a 6-6 tie, the deciding frame in an exciting 9-8 first-round softball game at the District 4 Tournament in Onalaska on Monday.
“This was the best game of fastpitch I’ve ever witnessed or been a part of,” Rainier coach Kyle Greenwood said. “It was incredible.”
Alyssa Lofgren led the way offensively for the victorious Mountaineers, lashing four hits (two doubles) with as many runs and two RBI. Miah Reynolds had a pair of hits and an RBI, and Brooklynn Swenson doubled, walked twice and scored a pair of runs.
Bailey Elwell, once again, contributed at the plate and in the circle. She doubled, drove in two and scored and walked twice.
Her pitching line wasn’t quite as dominating as usual, but still rather effective. She tossed all seven innings, allowing eight runs, all earned, on six hits with 15 strikeouts, but walked six. In total, she threw 142 pitches, of which 87 were strikes.
“This is one of the best group of girls,” Greenwood said. “They battled to the end and never let up. It was absolutely incredible. If I could have the season end right now, I’d do it.”
Rainier has to travel to Adna on Tuesday for round two of districts. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Napavine surrendered 10 runs in the first two innings and couldn’t recover in an 11-1 elimination loss to Forks in the 2B District 4 playoffs Monday on the road.
The Tigers collected just three hits and struck out 12 times offensively, with Dani Tupuola driving in Tanner Simpson for the lone run with an RBI single. She also had a double. Simpson had the Tigers’ only other hit.
“We did an OK job putting the ball in play,” Napavine coach Josh Fay said.
The Tigers end their season at 6-6. Their lone senior was Melanie Langley.
“We’re going to miss her leadership,” Fay said. “Everything you could ask for in a kid.”
Fay said he’s already looking forward to next season after the Tigers improved so much from the beginning of the year to now.
“We’ve got some positive stuff in front of us,” Fay said. “We’re hoping to build on that for next season.”
Winlock took Toutle Lake to five innings but were unable to scratch out a win in a 17-7 season-ending loss in the opening round of districts in Toutle on Monday.
“We put up a good fight,” Winlock’s first-year coach Lauren Dumoulin said. “They scored a bunch of runs in the fifth, but other than that it was a back-and-forth game.”
The Ducks used a seven-run scoring barrage in the bottom of the fifth to pull away for good and end the game in five innings.
Karlie Jones pitched all five frames for Winock, striking out five. She was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.
Addison Hall went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Madison Rohman was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Kindyl Kelly, Jadin Landry and Tianna Bornstein-Cook each hit a single and scored a run. Madisen Keatley had an RBI double.
The Cardinals’ two seniors, Jones and Bornstein-Cook, played their final games. Winlock ends its season with a 5-9 record.
“We had a really good turnout this year,” Dumoulin said. “I was proud of all the progress we made in a really short season. That’s something to hold onto.”
The Pe Ell/Willapa Valley Titans had a very good tuneup Monday, lashing 17 hits behind a dominant Olivia Matlock for an 11-1 non-league win over Class 1A Elma Monday in Pe Ell.
Merissa Frasier and Annika Mason each had four-hit days, with the former notching a pair of doubles and an RBI with four runs and the latter adding two RBI and a double.
Ava Bush had three hits, including a double, in the win and drove in four. Sadie Howard added two hits, as well.
Matlock allowed just one hit over her five innings of work, but that one hit was a loud one. Janessa Sample hammered a mistake pitch from the Vikings junior over the fence in the top of the first. But Matlock didn’t panic nor fret. She struck out the next Eagles batter then went into cruise control.
“She missed one pitch all night, and the kid hit it,” PWV coach Ken Olson said. “Defensively, what I was most proud of is we had no errors (and) made some great plays, backhands and stuff.”
PWV returns to 2B play with the second round of the district tournament on Tuesday. The Vikings will host Onalaska at 4 p.m.