|4/24/2013 2:11:00 PM|
Kodiaks softball team keeps rolling, now 14-0
It seemed as if the undefeated season of the Cascade Kodiaks would come to an end at the hands of 4A Wenatchee on April 18 in Dryden. The Panther's jumped out to 6-0 lead in the first inning, chasing sophomore hurler Madeline Krous before she could record two outs.
Photo by Ian Dunn
Cascade first baseman Sydney Coffin steps on the bag ahead of the diving Wenatchee runner as second baseman Kaycee O’Brien looks on. The Kodiaks are 14-0 on the season.
Senior Taliyah Riddick-Waters came in and promptly shut down the Panther attack. The high powered Kodiak offense came right back in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs. Senior Marissa Thompson had a two RBI single and junior Sydney Coffin an RBI double.
Trailing 6-3, Cascade rallied to take the lead with six runs in the fourth inning. Sophomore Kaycee O'Brien and senior Kendra Key had doubles, while senior Laura Hester had an RBI triple. Cascade led 9-6.
But Wenatchee finally got to Riddick-Waters in the fifth with four runs on three hits and two walks. Wenatchee led 10-9 and appeared to headed for the victory. It was the bottom of the seventh, as pinch hitter Hannah Cowan led off with the single.
Junior Maddy Harris laid down a perfect bunt to get Cowan, the tying run, to second base. O'Brien singled and then advanced to second on the throw to third. So there were runners on second and third with one out.
Senior Sierra Guthrie then executed the perfect squeeze bunt to bring in the tying run. The winning run came in when there was an errant throw home. Cascade won the thriller 11-10.
"Wenatchee has really improved from the first time we played them this year," said Ken Krous, Cascade head coach. "They came out swinging the bats aggressively and it paid off. Give them credit. They were tough today."
Riddick-Waters pitched 6.2 innings, giving 4 earned runs, 6 hits, 4 walks with 5 strikeouts. Krous pitched a third of an inning, giving up 6 hits and 6 earned runs.
Thompson was 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs. Guthrie was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. O'Brien was 2-for-5 with 2 runs, double, stolen base.
"The Kodiak girls never gave in and kept chipping away. Even after we gave up the lead, I could see it in their eyes," he said. "They believed in their ability to come back and win at anytime. They kept proving their mental toughness and we sure needed it."
On April 16, Cascade beat Chelan 11-0 in Chelan. The Kodiaks sent 11 hitters to the plate in the first inning, scoring five runs on six hits. Hester, Thompson and O'Brien has RBI singles. Cascade took a 6-0 lead in the second on a Riddick-Waters RBI single.
Cascade scored two runs in the sixth, and then three more in the seventh as they sent eight batters to the plate. Riddick-Waters pitched all seven innings, giving up just 4 hits and 2 walks with 10 strikeouts.
"The beginning of the game was a bit of struggle for Taliyah, but she found her groove and controlled the plate," he said.
Hester was 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Riddick-Waters was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. O'Brien was 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs.
"Chelan played us tough in the first match up and we knew they would be ready for us. We wanted to come out early and put pressure on their defense," he said. "Getting six runs in the first inning certainly helped the cause."
Cascade finished off the week sweeping a double header against Tonasket in Dryden, 21-0 and 22-2.
In the first game, Cascade scored eight runs in the first inning and 10 runs in the second on the way to the easy win. Riddick-Waters pitched a no hitter. Thompson was 2-for-2 with 4 RBIs. Riddick-Waters was 3-for-4 with 3 runs, 2 doubles, 2 stolen bases and 3 RBIs. Cowan was was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
"Everyone in the game scored. It was a dominant performance both offensively and defensively," he said. "The Kodiaks just overmatched Tonasket."
In game two, Tonasket scored two in the first inning, but Cascade responded with 15. The Kodiaks kept piling on the runs in every inning.
Krous also pitched a no hitter, giving no earned runs, 3 walks with 4 strikeouts. Ashley Ells was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Krous was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Thompson was 2-for-2 with 2 RBI. Guthrie was 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs.
"Games like these are tough because you want your kids to go out and swing at good pitches. Sometimes it's easy to get lulled to sleep when a pitcher struggles to throw strikes," he said. "We did a good job of staying focused at the plate and were ready when the pitcher threw strikes. The girls had a lot of fun."
With the wins, Cascade improved to 9-0 in the Caribou Trail League and 14-0 overall. Cascade hosted Quincy (1-6, 4-9) on April 23. Results were unavailable before press time. On Saturday, the team host Omak (1-6, 1-12) in a double header in Dryden. Next Tuesday, the team plays at Cashmere (5-4, 8-7).
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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