Ocosta finished the season with a victory and a trophy to add to the case at the conclusion of the 2B State Softball Tournament on Saturday at the Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima.
2B State Softball Tournament
Ocosta 6, Okanogan 3
Ocosta earned a third-place state trophy after defeating No. 3 Okanogan 6-3 in the 2B State third/fourth-place game on Saturday.
In the final game of the season, Ocosta pitcher Jessie Gilbert still had gas in the tank, striking out 19 while allowing no earned runs on five hits and three walks.
Ocosta took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a Noel Cuzdey fielder’s choice ground ball followed by a Brynn Rasmus RBI single.
After the Bulldogs (22-4) tied the game at 2-2 on a two-run triple by Allie Duran in the top of the fourth, the Wildcats erupted for four runs in the bottom half of the frame – highlighted by a Cuzdey RBI-triple to put Ocosta up 6-2.
Okanogan scored a run in the sixth on a passed ball, but that was all as Gilbert struck out four of the final six batters faced to end the season with a victory and some state hardware.
Okanogan 000 201 0 – 3 5 3
Ocosta 002 400 x – 6 6 4
WP: Gilbert (7 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 19 K). LP: Bauer (3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 4 K).
Leading hitters: Okanogan – Morgan (2-3, 2B, R); Duran (1-3, 3B, R, RBI); Bauer (1-4, 2B). Ocosta – Rasmus (2-3, RBI); Morales (2-3); Cuzdey (1-4, 3B, 2 RBI); Rosander (1-4, R); Gilbert (0-1, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB).
Adna 8, Ocosta 7
One team in the postseason finally figured out a way to beat Ocosta and its star pitcher Jessie Gilbert.
Adna played small ball by bunting, drawing walks, stealing bases and putting pressure on a somewhat suspect Wildcats defense to edge Ocosta 8-7 in a 2B State semifinal on Saturday.
The Pirates (23-3) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first on just one hit, manufacturing a leadoff walk, a Karlee Von Moos single and an error into an early 2-0 lead.
Adna chipped on another run in the third on a sac bunt, two more in the fifth on an error, a single and a sac bunt with three stolen bases mixed in to take a 5-0 lead.
Ocosta rallied for four in the top of the sixth to climb back into the game. Catcher Noel Cuzdey drove in Joanah Rosander with an RBI single and was followed by a two-run single off the bat of Zaida Morales two batter later. Brynn Rasmus, aboard with a one-out walk, scored on a passed ball to make it a 5-3 game.
Adna scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth when Natalie Loose reached on an error, stole two bases and came in to score on a Danica Hallom sacrifice fly.
With two outs and one on in the top of the seventh, Ocosta mounted an epic comeback. Sophia Olive led off with a walk and with two outs, Adna took the bat out of Gilbert’s hands with the fourth intentional walk of the game to the Pacific League MVP.
Cuzdey was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Rasmus followed with a walk to force in a run and make it a 6-5 game.
Morales then singled to right, scoring Gilbert and Cuzdey with the tying and go-ahead runs.
But the celebration was short-lived as Kendall Humphrey walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh and promptly stole second and then third.
Simms then laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Rosander at first, who had no play at the plate and none at first as no one covered the bag.
With courtesy-runner Abby McAuley on second after a steal, Gilbert struck out Gabby Guard and got Margarite Humphrey on a sac bunt, with McAuley advancing to third on the play.
On a full-count pitch to Avery Lafontaine, a ball in the dirt skipped past Cuzdey.
McAuley sprinted home to score the winning run without a throw, sending Ocosta into the consolation bracket.
Gilbert took the rare loss, allowing two earned runs on two hits with six walks and 15 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings pitched.
Seven Wildcats errors led to six unearned runs for Ocosta.
Ocosta 000 004 3 – 7 5 7
Adna 201 021 2 – 8 2 0
WP: Simms (5.2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 11 K). LP: Gilbert (6.2 IP, 8 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 6 BB, 15 K).
Leading hitters: Ocosta – Morales (2-4, 4 RBI); Rosander (2-4, 2B, R); Cuzdey (1-3, 2 R, RBI); Rasmus (0-2, R, RBI). Adna – K. Von Moos 1-4, 2 R; Humphrey (1-3, 2 R, RBI); Simms (0-1, 3 RBI).
Ocosta 4, Northwest Christian (Colbert) 3
Ocosta earned its first state-semifinal appearance since 2017 after a 4-3 victory over No. 5 Northwest Christian (Colbert) in the a 2B State quarterfinal game on Friday afternoon.
Fourth-seed Ocosta (20-4 overall) took a 2-0 lead on pitcher Jessie Gilbert’s two-run double in the bottom of the third.
Ocosta doubled its lead when Gilbert blasted a two-run home run deep to center field in the fifth.
In the circle, Gilbert was rolling through the Crusaders lineup, holding NWC hitless until Kenzie Ritchie doubled with two outs in the top of the sixth to score two runs.
An error on a Kaitlyn Waters ground ball to Samantha Schlegel at shortstop allowed Ritchie to score, cutting Ocosta’s lead to 4-3.
But Gilbert struck out Lauren Heinrich to end the frame and whiffed the side in the seventh to secure the 4-3 win.
Gilbert – a state player of the year front-runner – allowed no earned runs on one hit with no walks and 19 strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Ritchie’s base hit in the sixth was the first base hit Gilbert allowed in the postseason, ending an incredible streak of 32 2-3 hitless innings pitched that included four no-hitters in a row through the district tournament.
Gilbert (2-3, HR, 2B, R, 4 RBI), Joanah Rosander (2-3, R) and Jolissa Schlegel (2-3) had two hits apiece for Ocosta, which will face No. 1 Adna in a rematch of the district-championship game at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the state semifinals.
Northwest Christian 000 003 0 – 3 1 2
Ocosta 002 020 x – 4 9 1
WP: Gilbert (7 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, H, 19 K). LP: Corielle (6 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 9 H, BB, 3 K).
Leading hitters: Ritchie (1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI); Ainsworth (0-1, R). Ocosta – Gilbert (2-3, HR, 2B, R, 4 RBI); Rosander (2-3, R); J. Schlegel (2-3); Olive (1-3, R); S. Schlegel (1-2, R).
Okanogan 6, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 5
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley saw its chances at defending its state title slip away after a 6-5 extra-inning loss to No. 3 Okanogan in a state quarterfinal game Friday afternoon.
PWV (18-7) took a 3-0 lead after a Rilyn Channell run-scoring double followed by a Lorelei Smaciarz RBI fielder’s choice ground out in the top of the fourth.
The Bulldogs (21-2) battled back for two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead heading into the seventh.
With Lauren Matlock on third with a triple and two outs, Titans all-league catcher Payton Peterson singled to drive in Matlock with the tying run.
In the top of the ninth inning, Matlock doubled to score Kylee Lyons with the go-ahead run.
But PWV couldn’t hold the lead, surrendering two runs in the bottom of the ninth, with Okanogan walking-off on a Christine Redthunder RBI single.
Lauren Emery took the loss for PWV, allowing six runs – five earned – on 11 hits with 13 strikeouts in 8 2-3 innings pitched.
The No. 6 Titans will face No. 2 Warden in an elimination game at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 100 200 101 – 5 13 1
Okanogan 000 022 002 – 6 11 0
WP: Mail (9 IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K). LP: Emery (8.2 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 11 H, 13 K).
Leading hitters: PWV – Matlock (4-5, 2 3B, 2B, R, RBI); Hodel (3-5, R); Peterson (2-4, R, RBI); Huber (2-5, RBI); Channell (1-4, 2B, RBI); Milanowski (1-2). Okanogan – Bruns (2-5, 2B, 3 RBI); Redthunder (2-5, R, RBI); Morgan (2-4, R); Duran (2-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI); Mail (1-4); Moore (1-4, R); Barton (1-4, R).
Opening Round games
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 11, Kittitas 1
Sixth-seeded Pe Ell-Willapa Valley scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to turn a close game into a mercy-rule victory over No. 11 Kittitas in a first-round state-tournament game on Friday at the Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima.
The Titans were led by Jillian Hodel, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI as PWV had 13 hits as a team, five for extra bases.
A Hodel triple in the bottom of the fifth gave PWV a 9-1 lead and was followed by an RBI double from catcher Payton Peterson and a walk-off, run-scoring double from Grace Huber to end the game.
Lauren Emery earned the win, allowing one unearned run on three hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in the five-inning victory.
Kittitas 001 00 — 1 3 1
Pe Ell-WV 100 37 — 11 13 1
WP: Emery (5 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K). LP: Reyse (4.2 IP, 11 ER, 13 H, 3 BB, 2 K).
Leading hitters: Kittitas – Lilly (2-2); Shakina (1-1, RBI). PWV — Hodel (3-4, 3B, R, 4 RBI); Matlock (2-4, 3B, R, RBI); Peterson (2-4, 2B, R, RBI); Huber (2-4, 2B, R, RBI); Sipp (1-2, 2 R, BB).
Colfax 11, Raymond-South Bend 10
Raymond-South Bend rallied to tie after losing a lead before suffering a walk-off 11-10 loss to No. 8 Colfax in a state-tournament opening round game on Friday.
The No. 9 Ravens (14-11) were locked in a scoreless tie with the Bulldogs (19-4) through the first five innings of the game until RSB exploded for seven runs in the top of the sixth.
Three straight Ravens singles followed by two errors gave RSB a 4-0 lead and was followed by all-league infielder Kyndal Koski belting a three-run home run to left for a 7-0 lead.
But RSB couldn’t make the lead stick as Colfax scored 10 runs in the bottom half of the inning – six before an out was recorded – and lost the lead on a Keilena Nelson bases-loaded triple.
The Ravens responded with three runs in the seventh, two on a two-run double by Ashlee Payne followed by Avree Payne tying the game at 10 by scoring on a wild pitch.
But two straight singles to lead off the bottom of the seventh gave Colfax the walk-off win, ending Raymond-South Bend’s memorable first season as a combo team.
Summer Stigall took the loss, surrendering four earned runs on a hit and three walks without recording an out in a relief appearance.
Kassie Koski (3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI), Ashlee Payne (2-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI) and Raydynn Morley (2-3, 2 R) recorded multi-hit games for the Ravens.
RSB 000 007 3 – 10 8 2
Colfax 000 00(10) 1 – 11 9 7
WP: Akkeson (1.2 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 H, BB, K). LP: Stigall (0 IP, 4 ER, H, 3 BB).
Leading hitters: RSB – Kas. Koski (3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI); Ash. Payne (2-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI); R. Morley (2-3, 2 R); Kyn. Koski (1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI); Avr. Payne (0-3, R, RBI).
No. 1 Adna 12, No. 7 Forks 3
No. 7 Forks 12, No. 3 Okanogan 1
No. 7 Forks 10, No. 2 Warden 5
No. 1 Adna 21, No. 8 Colfax 11
No. 7 Forks 13, No. 10 Brewster 5 (Brewster eliminated)
No 5 Northwest Christian (Colbert) 11, No. 12 Cle Elum-Roslyn 0 (Cle Elum-Roslyn eliminated)
No. 6 Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 4, No. 2 Warden 0
No. 5 Northwest Christian (Colbert) 9, No. 8 Colfax 0
No. 4 Ocosta 8, No. 6 Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 7