Pe Ell-Willapa Valley continued its tear through the 2B Pacific League, sweeping Ilwaco in back-to-back games Tuesday on the road to run its win streak to five games.
PWV gave up its first runs of the season in game one of the doubleheader after entering Tuesday with a combined score of 51-0 against its previous three opponents. It didn’t matter as the Titans’ bats were on fire, scoring a combined 36 runs in the two games while allowing just three total hits to the Lady Fishermen on the day.
“They’ve had a good start to their season,” PWV coach Ken Olson said of his team. “We’re going to put up a lot of runs on anyone. They had a good little thrower. She gave us a few first but we caught up to her.”
PWV star Olivia Matlock was equally as dangerous at the plate as she was in the circle, as usual, going a combined 8-for-8 at the plate with two inside-the-park home runs and tossing a combined 17 strikeouts in the circle.
“He feels in her heart that something good is going to happen every time she steps to the plate,” Olson said. “Never a doubt in her.”
In game one, PWV erupted for 13 runs in the fifth inning to run away with a 21-3 victory over Ilwaco. The Titans bashed 21 hits total, led by Matlock going 5-for-5, Dani Shannon going 3-for-4 with a triple and a doble, Annika Mason going 3-for-5 and Raegan Portman smashing two triples. Grace Huber, Matlock and Mason each drove in three runs, as well. Matlock chopped down 11 batters in the circle and allowed just two hits.
In game two, Matlock tossed a six-strikeout one-hitter to help the Titans cruise to a 16-1 victory in four innings. PWV exploded for 10 runs in the third inning as Matlock and Huber each smashed three hits and drove in three runs. Huber added an inside-the-park home run, Ava Bush collected two hits and Mason tallied two RBIs.
PWV (5-0) hosts Raymond-South Bend in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m., Thursday, in Pe Ell.