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Monday’s 2A Softball: W.F. West Edges Tumwater 1-0

W.F. West’s Lexie Strasser winds up for a pitch against Tumwater during an Evergreen 2A Conference softball game at Rochester High School on Monday.

ROCHESTER — W.F. West played a “home” game here against Tumwater, scoring a run in the first inning and holding on for a 1-0 win Monday in an Evergreen 2A Conference softball game.

Lexie Strasser pitched a complete game for the Bearcats, allowing one hit with three walks and five strikeouts.

“Our defense did a phenomenal job. Lexie did a great job. Their pitcher threw a heck of a ball game,” W.F. West coach Mike Keen said of Tumwater’s Savannah Owen. “We had runners, and I think we left them on third three or four innings. I think we got a little impatient at that time, trying to do it all at once. It’ll work out, but I can’t be more proud of the defense.”

Kindra Davis hit a two-out double and was brought home with a single from Ashlee Vadala for the lone run of the game in the first inning.

Davis had two doubles and Paytton Crawford had a triple. Kim Frazier, Paetynn Lopez and Olivia Dean each had hits for the Bearcats.

“We’ve had a few games like that where we’re stinging the ball, but it’s hit at them — everything is at them,” Keen said. “But we talked about it and you don’t change, you just keep doing what you’re doing. Your time will come. It will work.”

W.F. West (12-1, 10-0 league) is in a stretch of six games in five days, and will be back on the field Tuesday in Tumwater for an EvCo rematch.
Three Homers Not Enough for Centralia Against Black Hills

The Tigers knocked three homers, but it wasn’t enough to top Black Hills in an 11-6 Evergreen 2A Conference softball loss Monday at Fort Borst Park.

Mckenna Smith led Centralia at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a double and a home run. Sophie Duffy went 2 for 4 with a double and a homer, and Courtney Leifer-Carlson added a homer.

The Tigers, however, trailed 8-4 after three innings, after giving up four runs in the first frame.

“They had a couple hits, but we had a big error in there,” Centralia coach Mike McDonald said. “We clawed back in it, but it’s hard to overcome when you give them four early and give up a few along the way after that.”

The Wolves tallied 14 hits in the win, helped along by three Tiger errors.

“Black Hills played well,” McDonald said. “We hit the ball well. We just didn’t get some big hits when we needed to.”

Centralia (3-11, 1-9 league) hosts Aberdeen in a doubleheader on Tuesday and hosts W.F. West on Thursday.
At Rochester


Tumwater 000 000 0 — 0 1 1

W.F. West 1000 000 X — 1 7 0

Batteries: Tumwater — Savannah Owen and Keilani Backholm; W.F. West — Lexie Strasser and Paetynn Lopez
At Centralia


Black Hills 422 000 3 — 11 14 0

Centralia    112 020 0 — 6 10 3

Batteries: Black Hills — Means, Elliott (4) and Won; Centralia — Sophie Duffy and Hannah Porter

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