Grays Harbor splits doubleheader with Southwest Oregon
Grays Harbor picked up its first win since February of last year, getting a split of a doubleheader with Southwest Oregon on Saturday in Aberdeen at the Bishop Sports Complex.
Grays Harbor 7, SWOCC 6
The Chokers (1-24, 1-18 NWAC South) got its first win since early last season with a 7-6 victory.
Kelsie Meis came up with a key at bat in the victory in the first leg of the doubleheader, smacking a two run homer as part of a four-run fourth.
The Chokers got a good pitching performance Kalena Quilt, who struck out seven and relied on her breaking ball to keep batters off balance.
“My curveballs were on point today and my team behind me really stuck with me,” Quilt said. “We didn’t have any errors today and that was awesome. I felt like I could trust them.”
SW Oregon 211 020 0 — 6 9 0
Grays Harbor 030 400 0 — 7 10 0
WP — Quilt (8 H, 6 ER, 7 K, 4 BB); LP — Ali Jennings (10 H, 7 ER, 9 K)
Top Hitters: Grays Harbor — Meis (HR, 3 RBI), Erika Snier (2 RBI); SW Oregon — Ashley Bonham (2-4, 2 RBI, BB)
SWOCC 13, Grays Harbor 2
Grays Harbor didn’t have the same luck in that afternoon’s rematch as the offense stalled out while the Lakers began to heat up at the plate.
Grays Harbor head coach Mike Cummings said his team still struggles with righting the ship once the opponent gets a rally started.
“That’s been our Achilles heel, giving up that one big inning. We need to learn how to stop the bleeding because we have a tendency to give up six or seven runs in an inning and that’s hard to come back from,” he said. “Somehow we have to limit the damage to one or two runs so we can get out there and hit again.”
SW Oregon 000 260 5 — 13 16 0
Grays Harbor 000 020 0 — 2 5 4
WP — Alyssa Jimenez (5 H, 2 ER, 4 K); LP — Snider (4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, K)
Top Hitters: SW Oregon — Jesse Blanton (2-5, 4 RBI, HR) Anna Bonk (2-5, 3 RBI); Grays Harbor — Angel Jones (2-3), Emma Skinner (RBI)
Vashon 15, Grays Harbor 0
A shorthanded Grays Harbor team struggled against Vashon and fell 15-0 in a home game at Stewart Field in Aberdeen on Saturday.
Grays Harbor had sever players missing from action and was limited to just one substitution on the bench against an experienced Vashon squad.
Vashon scored four goals in the first quarter and built on its lead throughout the game.
Grays Harbor co-head coach coach Nathan Olson said fatigue played a factor in the loss and also gave credit to Vashon for a well-executed game plan.
“We only had one sub, but you really have to give it to Vashon, they played a good game,” he said. “They’re coaches were knowledgeable and the players were able to execute plays.”
Grays Harbor had trouble generating chances on its end of the field, failing to get a shot on goal in the first quarter.
Grays Harbor’s forwards found their rhythm as the game went on as the team ended the contest with 13 shots on goal.
Grays Harbor co-head coach coach Ethan Howard said his team will take the next step once players improve on the fundamentals.
“If we can just focus on the fundamentals a little bit, like passing, I think we’ll definitely do a lot better next game,” he said.
Grays Harbor will try to get back on track with a game at Klahowya at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday on the road.