|5/22/2013 3:16:00 PM|
Kodiaks win first ever Bi-District Tournament title
With two dominating wins to claim the Bi-District Championship over the weekend, the Cascade Kodiak softball team left little doubt they were best team there. Now, the girls eye the bigger prize, the State 1A championship.
|The Cascade Kodiaks won their first ever Bi-District championship with victories over Brewster and Okanogan last weekend. From left, Cascade head Coach Ken Krous, Kaelyn O’Brien, Kendra Key, Lolo Hester and Taliyah Riddick-Waters. Cascade begins play in the State 1A Tournament this week.|
It was the first ever Bi-District championship for the Kodiaks. Sort of surprising given all the great Cascade teams in the past. So, for the first time, Cascade heads to the State tournament as a number one seed.
The tournament begins Friday at the Columbia Play Fields in Richland. Cascade (22-1) faces Columbia Burbank in the first round at 10 a.m. on Friday. If they win, they play the winner of Seattle Christian and Montesano. If the Kodiaks prevail, their likely opponent in the semi-finals is state title favorite, Connell, the only team to beat them this season.
In the first game at the Bi-District Tournament in Brewster last Saturday, Cascade faced off against Brewster, winning in five innings by 19-1 score. Cascade scored three runs in first inning, knocking out Bear starter Markie Miller. Singles by Sierra Guthrie, Taliyah Riddick-Waters, Syd Coffin and Marissa Thompson keyed the rally.
Twelve hitters came to the plate in the second inning as six more runs came across. Lolo Hester and Riddick-Waters had singles, Coffin a triple. Eight more runs came in the third inning. Riddick-Waters, Thompson, Ashley Ells, and Kaycee O'Brien had singles. Hester and Coffin and RBI doubles.
Brewster scored their only run in the fourth inning. Cascade had two more runs in the fourth. In four innings of work, Riddick-Waters faced one hitter over the minimum. She pitched 4 innings, giving up 1 hit, no walks with 5 strikeouts. Madeline Krous pitched the fifth inning.
"This was an offensive onslaught, plain and simple," said Ken Krous, Cascade head coach. "The girls just hit the ball and they hit it hard. They left little doubt."
Coffin was 4-4 with double, triple and 3 RBIs. Thompson was 3-for-3 with double, RBI. Riddick-Waters was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Hester was 2-for-3 with a double and 4 RBIs.
Cascade faced upstart Okanogan in the Bi-District championship game. The Kodiaks won 16-9 to claim their first ever Bi-District title.
Okanogan took a 1-0 lead in the first on a single and three walks. Cascade responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Coffin had a three RBI double. Okanogan tied the game at 4-4 with three runs in the second. Cascade would come back with four runs in the third to go up 8-4. The big blow was a Riddick-Waters two run homer.
The Bulldogs came back with five runs in the fourth to go up 9-8. Cascade responded quickly, scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning to take 12-9 lead. Guthrie and Hester had singles, and Coffin an RBI double. Cascade scored four more times in the sixth, including a second two run homer by Riddick-Waters and Coffin's third double of the game.
Riddick-Waters retired the last nine Okanogan hitters for the win. She pitched 7 innings, giving up 7 earned runs, 6 hits, 4 walks with 4 strikeouts.
"Taliyah again showed her poise in the circle. Even though Okanogan was game today, she stayed strong and made them work hard for everything they got," he said. "Once we got the lead late in the game, she was absolutely lights out. She was not going to be denied."
Coffin went 3-for-4 with 3 doubles and 5 RBIs. Riddick-Waters was 2-for-4 with 2 HR and 5 RBIs.
"The girls came out and blistered the ball today. We scored 35 runs on 25 hits and stole 19 bases. That's what I call offensive production. Big whoops for Syd Coffin, going 7-for-8 on the day with two singles, four doubles and a triple. And Taliyah hit her first two home runs of the year when we needed them," he said. "This is really a great team that has someone different step up every game."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.
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