CORRECTION: Due to a source error, incorrect information was stated in a previous version of this article. Lexi Labounty hit two home runs and the Bombers will be playing on Saturday and Sunday at the state championship tournament.
OLYMPIA — The Hoquiam Bombers youth softball team continued its impressive play by winning five of six games to claim the Olympia June Celebration Tournament on Sunday.
The Bombers, a team comprised of youth 10-and-under, opened the tournanemt with a pair of wins over local teams in pool play. Hoquiam downed the Montesano Bulldogs, 11-2, and followed that up with an 8-2 drubbing over the Elma Explosion.
The Bombers then lost to the Puyallup Bruins, 4-2, but rebounded with a 13-2 victory over the Grays Harbor Crushers in the fourth and final game of pool play.
In Sunday’s single-elimination championship finals, Hoquiam earned the No. 2 seed and defeated Elma, 8-3, in the semis to advance to the championship game, where a rematch against Puyallup awaited.
Led by Lexi Labounty’s two home runs, the Bombers avenged their only loss of the tournament by doubling up on the Bruins, 12-6, to claim the second tournament championship in program history.
Hallie Burgess and Anna O’Conner led the way offensively for Hoquiam, each batting .750 during Sunday’s championship round.
Hoquiam now sets its sights on the USSSA State Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Yauger Park in Olympia.
King, Rajcich qualify for Drive, Chip & Putt sub-regionals
Joey King tied for first place in the girls 10-11 year-old division and Britt Rajcich placed third in the girls 12-13 year-0ld bracket as both will be advancing to the sub-regionals after Sunday’s performances at the Drive, Chip & Putt competition at the High Cedars Golf Course in Orting.
King tied for the top spot in her respective division by placing second in both the driving and putting competitions and third in the chipping contest.
Rajcich’s competition was highlighted by a first place finish in the the putting event and a second-place finish in the driving contest.
A total of 13 local youth golfers from the Grays Harbor Junior Golf/Girls Golf of Grays Harbor program took part in the local-qualifying event, with the top three in each division advancing to the sub-regional meet on Aug. 14 at the Home Course in DuPont.
Other local golfers to earn ribbons at the meet were as follows:
Girls 7-9: Makena Blancas, driving, 2nd; chipping, 3rd; putting, 3rd.
Girls 12-13: Hailey Blancas, driving, 3rd; putting, 3rd; Abby Mainio, chipping, 3rd.
Girls 14-15: Jada Pierson, chipping, 2nd.