Saturday’s 2B Softball: Pirates, Tigers Split Big Wins in Twinbill
NAPAVINE — A last-minute venue change and two different outcomes made for an interesting afternoon of Central 2B League softball here Saturday, as Adna thumped Napavine 14-1 in the opener and the Tigers returned the favor with a 14-5 win in the nightcap.
The game was originally scheduled for Adna, but less-than-ideal field conditions prompted a move to Napavine. Still, rough weather took its toll on the Tigers in Game 1; Adna scored 11 in the first inning of the five-frame contest, and made the most of seven walked or hit batters and eight Napavine errors in the win.
“It was cold, it was wet, and I think we were just a little out of sync,” Napavine coach Chad Williams said. “It’s really no excuse, because they had the same conditions we did. We just couldn’t get out of our way.”
Taylor Denault went 2 for 2 for Napavine, and Jenikka Poppe pitched all five innings for Adna and went 1 for 2 with a run. Emily Sliva was 2 for 3 with a double and drove in two runs for the Pirates.
Paxton Cooley, Williams said, did a nice job of coming in to pitch in the second inning and calming the team down.
The tide turned in the nightcap, however, as Napavine jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings to salvage the eventual split.
Solona Sanchez went 3 for 5 with a solo home run in the seventh inning, Maddie Thompson was 3 for 5 with an RBI and four runs, and Ada Williams was 3 for 5 with three RBIs and a double. Napavine piled up 19 hits in the Game 2 win.
“The conditions had improved by about 150 percent, and we were just seeing the ball better and swinging the bats,” Williams said. “I was really happy with how, up and down the order, we hit the ball the second game. And defensively we played better, and it really makes the pitchers a lot more comfortable.”
Ada Williams started and went 2 ⅓ innings, striking out two and allowing a hit, and Abbi Music closed things out, giving up a run and striking out four.
Lili Glover and Katelyn Pine each doubled for Adna.
Adna (8-2, all league) plays a doubleheader against Pe Ell-Willapa Valley, in Pe Ell, on Saturday. Napavine (5-3, all league games) hosts Castle Rock on Tuesday and Kalama on Thursday.
Loggers Score 44 in Six Innings vs. Rainier
RAINIER — The Loggers used timely hitting and plenty of Rainier miscues to score 44 runs in a pair of three-inning wins — 19-0 and 25-10 — over the Mountaineers here Saturday in C2BL softball action.
Dusty Glenn threw a three-inning no-hitter in Game 1, and Onalaska scored 12 runs in the third inning to wrap things up. Alicia Vint was 3 for 4 with a triple, a home run and three RBIs, Kasey Hoyt went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, and Olivia Mitten was 2 for 2 with an RBI. Rainier committed 10 errors in the opener.
The nightcap was more of the same, with Hoyt going 4 for 4 with six RBIs and her first career home run. Mitten went 2 for 3 with a triple and a homer, Hayli Howard had three hits and three RBIs, and Cindy Martin went 2 for 4 with two doubles and four RBIs in her first varsity start.
“We’ve been really working on staying up the middle, and 95 percent of our balls were gap to gap,” Logger coach Ken Ulery said. “They were staying on it and driving it, and after a week off, I really liked how they came out and did their jobs.”
Amy Henderson held Rainier to three hits in Game 2 to get the win.
Onalaska (6-3, 6-2 league) hosts Toledo on Wednesday in a C2BL doubleheader.
PIRATES 14, TIGERS 1
Napavine 001 00 — 1 6 8
Adna (11)20 1X — 14 5 2
Batteries: Napavine — Abbi Music, Ada Williams (1), Paxton Cooley (2) and Cortney Oster; Adna — Jenikka Poppe and Lili Glover
TIGERS 14, PIRATES 5
Napavine 150 142 1 — 14 19 3
Adna 022 100 0 — 5 4 2
Batteries: Napavine — Ada Williams, Abbi Music (3) and Courtney Oster; Adna — Ruby Bower, Jenikka Poppe (2) and Lili Glover
LOGGERS 19, MOUNTAINEERS 0 (3 inn.)
Onalaska 34(12) — 19 13 1
Rainier 000 — 0 0 10
Batteries: Onalaska — Dusty Glenn and Hayli Howard; Rainier — Simpson and Suave
LOGGERS 25, MOUNTAINEERS 10 (3 inn.)
Onalaska (12)2(11) — 25 17 4
Rainier 325 — 10 3 6
Batteries: Onalaska — Amy Henderson and Howard; Rainier — Simpson and Suave