2B State Tournament
PWV 17, Liberty Christian 2 (4 inn.)
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PWV (21-4) opened the 2B State Tournament by pounding Liberty Christian for 11 runs over the first three innings en route to a 17-2 mercy-rule win over the Patriots on Friday morning at the Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima.
The Titans’ offense was unstoppable against Liberty Christian as six Titans combined to go 19-for-20 with three home runs, 13 runs, and 10 RBI in the game.
Starting pitcher Kamryn Adkins led the way for PWV, going 3-for-3 with two home runs, four runs scored and four RBI.
PWV leadoff hitter Katelyn McGough went 3-for-3 with a home run, a triple and three RBI.
PWV 344 6 — 17 20 x
Liberty Chr. 101 0 — 2 4 3
WP — Kam. Adkins (4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 K); LP — Abby Croskrey (2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 9 H, BB)
Top Players: PWV — Kam. Adkins (3-4, 2 HR, 4 R, 4 RBI); McGough (3-3, HR, 3B, 3 RBI); Britney Patrick (3-4, 3 R, RBI); Olivia Matlock (4-4, R); Grace Hodel (3-3, R, RBI); Presley Peterson (3-3, 3 R, RBI).
PWV 12, Chewelah 5
The PWV bats stayed red-hot as the Titans recovered from an early 3-0 deficit to pick up a 12-5 win over Chewelah in the state quarterfinal round on Friday evening.
PWV fell behind after Chewelah scored three runs in the top of the first inning against Titans starter Olivia Matlock.
But Chewelah’s lead was short-lived as the Titans scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning to storm back and take a 7-3 lead.
PWV continued to pour it on from there, scoring two runs on a Britney Patrick single in the third followed by a run-scoring single from Matlock in the fifth.
Katelyn McGough capped off the win with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Morgan Coady, who was on board with a single, to give PWV a 12-4 lead.
After allowing a run in the top of the seventh, Matlock got Becca Bennett swinging for her 11th strikeout, sending the Titans to the state semifinals in the process.
PWV will face Kittitas/Thorp at noon Saturday. The winner will play for a state title at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Chewelah 300 001 1 — 5 x x
PWV 162 102 x — 12 x x
WP — Matlock (7 IP, 11 K); LP — N/A
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Colfax 20, Ocosta 18
Down by nine runs, the Ocosta Wildcats nearly mounted an improbable comeback but ultimately fell short, falling 20-18 to Colfax in the first round of the 2B State Tournament on Friday in Yakima.
Down 10-1 in the bottom of the second inning, Ocosta (15-11) scored four runs in the bottom of the second to climb back in the game at 10-6.
But Colfax responded with two more runs in the third and three in the fourth to extend the lead to 15-8 at the end of four innings.
Colfax led 17-8 in the bottom of the sixth when the Wildcats came roaring back again. Ocosta charged back with eight runs in the frame, highlighted by Kaylee Barnum’s three-run home run to get the Wildcats within a run at 17-16.
Colfax (21-4) sophomore Helina Hahn hit a three-run home run of her own to give the Bulldogs some breathing room heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Lillyan Barnum led off the Ocosta seventh with a solo homer and Kiana Battiste followed with a triple as the Wildcats pushed to mount a thrilling comeback.
Ryann Raffelson chased Battiste home with a sacrifice fly, but that was as close as Ocosta would get as the Wildcats were relegated to the consolation bracket with the loss.
Neither team showed much of the way in defense and pitching as the two teams combined for 40 hits and 13 errors, accounting for 18 unearned runs in the game.
Kaylee Barnum continued to swing a hot bat, leading Ocosta with a 3-for-3 day, including two home runs, four runs scored and a whopping seven runs driven in.
Colfax 552 302 3 — 20 20 6
Ocosta 142 108 2 — 18 20 7
WP — Jorja Koerner (7 IP, 16 R, 6 ER, 18 H, 3 K, 2 BB); LP — Mekenna Fletcher (3.2 IP, 10 R, 4 ER, 10 H, 2 K, 3 BB)
Top Players: Ocosta — Evalyn Marsh (4-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI); K. Barnum (3-3, 2 HR, 4 R, 7 RBI); Kristi Raffelson (3-5, 2B, R); L. Barnum (2-5, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI); R. Raffelson (3-5, 2 R, RBI); Fletcher (2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI).
Ocosta 13, Toutle Lake 7
Ocosta washed away the bitter taste of falling out of contention for a state title by keeping its season alive with a 13-7 victory over Toutle Lake in the consolation bracket on Friday afternoon.
Evalyn Marsh went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and got Ocosta off to a good start with a home run to lead off the game.
Ocosta hit four long balls in the game. Kaylee Barnum followed Marsh with a solo homer in the first while Ryann Raffelson hit two home runs in the contest, hitting a two-run shot in the third followed by a solo shot to lead off the fifth.
Ronie Graham picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on six hits in six innings pitched.
Ocosta will face Onalaska at 10 a.m. on Saturday in an elimination game.
Ocosta 602 121 1 — 13 12 5
Toutle Lake 031 001 2 — 7 8 4
WP — Graham (6 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 5 BB); LP — Kaylee Florek (7 IP, 13 R, 10 ER, 12 H, K, 5 BB)
Top Players: Ocosta — R. Raffelson (3-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI); Marsh (3-4, HR, 3 R, RBI); Emily Snider (2-4, 3B, 2B, 2 R, RBI); K. Barnum (1-4, R, 2 RBI); Daijhia Adams (1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI).
1B State Tournament Scores
Almira-Coulee-Hartline 17, Taholah 0
Colton 13, Wishkah Valley 2
Naselle 17, Taholah 2
Wishkah Valley 17, Quilcene 7
2 p.m., Wishkah Valley vs. Inchelium