|4/3/2013 10:13:00 AM|
Cascade begins league schedule with wins against Chelan, Okanogan
The Cascade Kodiak softball team began the Caribou Trail League schedule 3-0 with home wins against two of the better clubs in the league, Chelan and Okanogan. All the games were relatively close, by Kodiak standards.
Photo by Ian Dunn
Always aggressive on the both paths, senior Sierra Guthrie scrambles back to third base in action against Chelan. Cascade stole seven bases in their 6-2 win over tahe Goats last week.
Cascade won both ends of a double header against Okanogan last Saturday at Richard Rice Memorial Field in Dryden. The Kodiak won the first game 5-3. The Bulldogs took an early lead in the first inning with a run on one hit.
The Kodiaks answered in the bottom of frame with two runs on hits by Kaycee O'Brien and Laura Hester. Cascade stole three bases in the inning to take a 2-1 lead. In the third inning, the Kodiaks pushed across another run on hits by Hester and Kendra Key. A solo homer in the fourth by Makenzie Norwill of Okanogan closed the Kodiak lead to 3-2.
The Bulldogs tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth on singles by Norwill and Brooklyn Bauer. In the bottom of the inning, Taliyah Riddick-Waters lead off with a double. She scored on a Key single. Key stole second and third, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Sydney Coffin. Riddick-Waters pitched the team to victory holding back the Bulldogs in the sixth and seventh innings.
"Other than a couple pitches, Taliyah was able to keep the Okanogan hitters off balance," said Ken Krous, Cascade head coach. "We finished with seven stolen bases in the game."
Riddick-Waters pitched seven innings, giving up 3 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Hester went 2-for-3 with 2 runs. Key was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.
In game two, Okanogan put the pressure on, scoring three runs in the first off three hits, including a homer by Norwill. Cascade drew to within 3-2 with a pair of runs in the first inning on two hits. The Bulldogs went up 4-2 in the third inning on a single and double. Cascade tied the score 4-4 in the bottom on the third on a Key home run.
Cascade went up 6-4 with two runs in the fourth inning. Three more Kodiak runs came across in the fifth inning, thanks to a bases loaded double by O'Brien. Okanogan scored a run in the sixth on a Kodiak error. Riddick-Waters again closed out the final inning for the win. She is now 5-0 on the season.
"The was a really big sweep for us. Okanogan is a great team and I'm sure they will be right there at the end of the season," he said. "We had contributions up and down the lineup. We had a couple good bunts that caught them back on their heels. Putting the ball in play gives you an opportunity and we took advantage today. The defense played well."
Cascade improved to 3-0 in league play and 5-0 overall.
Riddick-Waters pitched 7 innings, giving up 5 runs (4 earned), 7 hits, 3 walks with 4 strikeouts. Key was 3-for-4 with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, HR, O'Brien was 1-for-3 with a double and 3 RBIs.
Cascade beat Chelan 6-2 on March 26. The Goats scored twice on three hits and error in the second inning. The Kodiaks responded in the second with run on single by Sydney Coffin and a double by Marissa Thompson. Cascade grabbed a 4-2 lead with three runs in the third inning on three hits, including a double by Hester. The Kodiaks went up with 5-2 in the fourth as Thompson scored on an Ashley Ells RBI double. Coffin doubled off the wall in the sixth and scored on a Thompson RBI single. Riddick-Waters went the distance in the circle.
Riddick-Waters pitched 7 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned), 3 hits, 2 walks with 9 strikeouts.
"Once again, Taliyah settled in and controlled the Chelan hitters, moving the ball around in the zone and kept the hitters off balance," he said. "We continue to work to get good pitches to hit. The second time through the lineup, we really started to see the ball. I was happy to see the bottom of the lineup come through with some big hits."
Hester went 2-for-3 with 1 run, double, RBI. Thompson was 2-for-2 with 1 run, double, 2 RBIs. Coffin was 2-for-3 with 2 runs, double, 2 RBIs.
Cascade hosted Mount Baker in a non-league game on Monday. Results were unavailable before press time. The Kodiaks host Blaine in another non-league game on Saturday. Next Tuesday, the team is at Quincy (1-2, 4-5).
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.
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