ELMA — Elma overcame miscues and mud to emerge victorious on Monday. The Eagles defeated Aberdeen, 9-6, in a non-league game at the Ventron Complex.
Elma (1-0) committed three errors in the first inning to allow the Bobcats to grab control of the game early. However, the Eagles rallied to tie the game in the fourth inning and put up four runs in the sixth to take the victory.
“I was just glad we got to play and it was a win,” Elma head coach Roger Elliott said. “In this weather, if you throw strikes, play some defense and get a couple key hits you are going to win a lot of games. All in all, I’m pretty happy.”
With rain pouring down throughout the game, Aberdeen (0-1) looked a little soggy at the plate after the first inning. The Bobcats managed seven hits through the other six innings, but were unable to string them together for a rally.
“We get a lead and jump out and then we seem to think that whatever we get in the first inning is going to be good,” Aberdeen head coach Scott Wilson said. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t hold up for us. We need to keep battling and play seven innings. We ran ourselves out of a few innings with missed signs. Overall, I was pleased with the girls and they work hard, we just need to play fora full seven innings.”
Aberdeen took advantage of the Elma miscues in the first to grab a 4-0 lead before the Eagles even came up to bat. Singles by Reagan Glanz and Kaitlyn Hammonds, combined with three fielding errors by Elma fueled Aberdeen as the Bobcats hit through the order.
A pair of Bobcat errors in the bottom of the second allowed Elma to get two runs back. A single by Chloe Velasco scored Kohlby Sayler when the Aberdeen outfielder couldn’t field the ball cleanly, but another run scored when the Bobcat first baseman was unable to hang onto the ball a few plays later.
Aberdeen’s Jillian Swor, who was the starting pitcher, helped her effort in the circle with a home in the fifth inning. Swor drove a ball deep to center field and it hit off Elma centerfielder Molly Johnston’s glove and went over the fence.
The bats came alive for Elma in the fourth inning. The Eagles got a leadoff double from Quin Mikel, who came around to score moments later on a bunt single from Kassedy Olson. After Destry Dineen walked, Peyton Elliott drove Olson and Dineen home on a single to tie the game up 5-5.
In the sixth inning, Velasco’s third hit of the day came at just the right time for Elma. Dineen walked to start the inning and was moved over on a successful bunt from Peyton Elliott. Kaylee Rambo walked to load the bases and bring Velasco to the plate with two outs. The sophomore drove a pitch from Aberdeen’s Jalyn McDaniel and drove it to the left field fence to score three runs and put Elma up for good. Velasco came around to score on a double from Olivia Cain.
Aberdeen wasn’t able to come up with a rally in the seventh. The Bobcats got one run back on a single by Marina Latimer, but that is where the offense ended for Aberdeen.
Wilson cited Latimer, who also had a walk, for her performance.
Aberdeen hosts Hoquiam on Thursday, while Elma is scheduled to host Cascade Christian on Friday.
Aberdeen 400 100 1 — 6 9 2 Elma 020 304 X — 9 9 3
Swor, McDaniel (6) and Glanz; Dineen and Elliott.
RBI: Aberdeen — Hammonds, Swor, Hammond, Latimer. Elma — Velasco 3, Elliott 2, Mikel, Cain. Home Run: Aberdeen — Swor. Doubles: Aberdeen — McDaniel. Elma — Velasco, Mikel, Cain. Three hits: Elma — Velasco.
Winning pitcher — Dineen (four walks, eight strikeouts). Losing pitcher — McDaniel (two walks, two strikeouts).