With the help of a huge first inning, the Napavine softball team traveled south and captured a win in Kalama on Monday, 12-2.
The Tigers weren't looking to play a full seven-inning game Monday after putting the 10-run rule into effect after one very offensively active inning on nine hits.
Dani Tupuola, Cailyn Milton, Grace Pancake, and Hannah and Clara Fay all drove in runs the first time through the order. The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the second for a little added security, the rest of the game stayed scoreless.
The Tigers had eight different girls connect for a hit, with all but one member of the lineup finding a way on base. Avery Schutz had a three hit day at the plate, while both Fays drove in a pair of RBIs from the batter's box on two hits.
Cailyn Milton got the start for the Tigers, throwing a strong performance after a comfort struggle in the first.
“She settled in pretty well after the first inning,” Napavine coach Josh Fay said. “She had some issues with their pitching rubber, it's kinda goofy. But after that she was cruising, she did a really nice job.”
Milton walked in the Chinooks’ only two runs in the first, but found her zone and followed it with four shutout innings to put the game away. She allowed only three hits and fanned it by a Kalama batter for 11 strikeouts.
The win brings the Tigers to even at 4-4 in league. With districts looming around the corner, they’ll look to pick up a pair of wins against Cle Elum-Roslyn on Wednesday at home to keep their momentum rolling.