2A Softball: Rochester Holds Off Hoquiam
By The Chronicle
ROCHESTER — Rochester and Hoquiam battled for almost three hours in the rain and occasional sunshine, but the Warriors were able to hold off the Grizzlies 14-13 for a nonleague softball win here Tuesday.
Jessica Girardin picked up the win for the Warriors in the circle, allowing seven runs in 4 ⅓ innings.
Rochester’s Ally Hull was 3 for 4 with three singles, a walk and a run. Emily Haury had a double, two RBIs, three walks and a run, and Bella Phelps was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and three runs.
“I think both teams have a lot of kids in different positions right now,” Rochester coach Jared Lancaster said. “I think we’re just trying to build our team and find out how to gel. We’re in that process right now with these nonleague games. We made some errors, we did some good things and we’ll come back tomorrow and work on those.”
Rochester led 3-0 after the first inning. Hoquiam scored five in the second, but the Warriors kept pace with three runs of their own for a 6-5 lead after two innings.
Hoquiam tied the game at six in the top of the 3rd inning, and took a 7-6 lead after the top of the fourth. The lead was short-lived as Rochester scored two in the bottom of the fourth for an 8-7 lead, and added five runs in the sixth inning to pad the lead to 13-7.
Hoquiam battled back with four runs in the top of the 6th as Rochester added one more run in the sixth to lead 14-11 going into the final inning.
Hoquiam scored two runs in the seventh, but left the tying run stranded on base as the Warriors held on for the win.
Most of the infield was muddy with periods of rain making it worse throughout the game.
“It was on both sides. I don’t think it was dangerous, but both pitchers had to deal with it,” Lancaster said.
Rochester (1-2) travels to face Mark Morris Wednesday in a nonleague game.
Bearcats Bump Kelso for First Win
KELSO — This was a bit more what the Bearcat fans are used to.
After managing just one hit in a season-opening loss to Yelm, W.F. West pounded out 12 hits to put away Kelso, 9-6, here in a nonleague win on Tuesday.
The Lassies scored five runs in the sixth inning, helped along by a pair of Bearcat errors, that cut W.F. West’s lead to what would be the final 9-6 margin.
“We had one hit in the first game, so that portion was an improvement, and it was a good battle,” W.F. West coach Mike Keen said. “We got to get outside, on the dirt for the first time, so we take out that one inning and it’s a 9-1 ballgame.”
Kindra Davis had three hits with a two-run homer in the fifth inning to lead W.F. West at the plate. Ashlee Vadala and Jordan Crawford each had three hits, while Paetynn Lopez and Olivia Dean each added two hits.
Lexie Strasser worked the first four innings in the circle and struck out five while allowing one hit without a walk. Vadala took over in the fifth and closed out the win, striking out two without issuing a walk.
W.F. West (1-1) plays Olympia on Wednesday at the RAC in Lacey.
WARRIORS 14, GRIZZLIES 13
Hoquiam 051 104 2 — 13 8 2
Rochester 330 251 X — 14 14 5
Batteries: Hoquiam — English Hyde and Kylee Bagwell; Rochester — Delaney Glazer, Jessica Girardin (3) and Ally Hull
BEARCATS 9, LASSIES 6
W.F. West 100 062 0 — 9 12 5
Kelso 100 005 0 — 6 6 0
Batteries: W.F. West — Lexie Strasser, Ashlee Vadala (5) and Kindra Davis, Paetynn Lopez (5); Kelso — Holt, Ragen (6) and Parsons