|5/29/2013 2:19:00 PM|
Softball team sees state title hopes dashed in Richland
Coming into the State Tournament, Cascade had only lost one game on the season. They were fresh off their first ever Bi-District Tournament Championship. For the first time, they were a number one seed.
Photo by Ian Dunn
Cascade senior first baseman Ashley Ells attempts to tag out the Elma baserunner in action at the State Tournament this past weekend.
With eight seniors, including a high powered pitcher, many thought the Kodiaks were title contenders. But it was not meant to be for Cascade. The anticipated rematch with Connell in the semifinals never happened. This great Kodiak team, maybe the greatest ever, came away from State without any hardware to show for it.
That is just how tough it is to win at State. Every team is good. Every team has a great pitcher and good hitters and plays good defense. So this year, for the Kodiaks, it just was not good enough.
In the first game, Cascade needed to score a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat Columbia 2-1. The Kodiaks scored a run in the second inning as Marissa Thompson singled and later scored on an RBI groundout by Ashley Ells.
Columbia tied the score in the top of third on a hit, error and RBI groundout. The game remained tied into the sixth when Kendra Key and Syd Coffin led off with back to back singles. A error on a ground ball allowed Key to score the go-ahead run.
In the top of seventh, Riddick-Waters got the first two hitters out, but then Columbia loaded the bases on consecutive singles. Riddick-Waters induced the strikeout to end the game.
"Tight game all the way. We had some opportunities to get more runs but couldn't get the big hit," said Ken Krous, Cascade head coach. "However, at this point, a win is a win."
Riddick-Waters pitched 7 innings, giving up 1 earned run, 5 hits, 6 strikeouts and 3 walks. Syd Coffin, Marissa Thompson, Riddick-Waters and Kedra Key were all 1-for-3.
In the next game, Cascade faced off against Montesano. This was did not go the Kodiak's way from the outset. Montesano scored three runs in the first, taking advantage of three Cascade errors. Another came across in the fourth as the Bulldogs went up 4-0.
With three more runs in the fifth, Krous removed Riddick-Waters to save her for the next game. Three more runs came across in the fifth against Madeline Krous to end the game in five innings, 10-0.
Cascade popped the ball up 10 times in the game.
"This was a tough and disappointing loss. We just didn't adjust to the speed of the game," he said. "Hand it to Montesano. They used a combination of small ball, speed and timely hitting to continuously apply pressure."
Riddick-Waters was 2-for-2 with a double. Hannah Cowan was 1-for-2. Riddick-Waters pitched 4 innings, giving up 5 earned runs, 5 hits with 2 strikeouts and no walks.
Playing their third game of the day, Cascade faced off against Mount Baker in the consolation round. Mount Baker jumped out to a 1-0 in the first inning on a double and two wild pitches. Cascade's bats finally heated up with four runs in the second as Key, Coffin, Cowan singled, while Kaycee O'Brien and Lolo Hester doubled.
Cascade scored another run in the fourth to go up 5-1. Cowan had a leadoff double, followed by an RBI single by Sierra Guthrie. Mount Baker cut the lead to 5-2 with a run in the fifth off a single and a double. Cascade came right back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take an 6-2 lead. Key singled, then scored on a Coffin triple. Coffin scored on a sac bunt by Thompson.
Three more runs came across in the sixth on a single by Hester, doubles by Guthrie and Key and and two run homer by Riddick-Waters. Cascade won 10-3.
Riddick-Waters pitched 7 innings, giving up 3 earned runs, 6 hits, 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. Key went 3-for-4 with a double. Cowan and Guthrie were 2-for-3.
On Saturday, Cascade faced off against Elma in a continuation of consolation play. Elma opened the game with two runs in the top of the first. Cascade cut the lead to 2-1 as Hester hit her first home run of the season.
Cascade took a 5-2 lead in the second on hits from Coffin and Cowan. Elma tied the game at 5-5 with three runs in the third. Cascade took a 6-5 lead as Key lead off the third with a solo home run. Elma changed pitchers in the bottom of the fourth. The new pitcher, the number one for Elma, shut the Kodiaks down.
Cascade could manage no more runs as Elma scored six unanswered runs in the final innings to end the Kodiak season with an 11-6 loss.
Riddick-Waters pitched 7 innings, giving up 11 earned runs, 13 hits, 3 walks with 3 strikeouts. Hester was 1-for-2 with an HR. Key was 1-for-4 with an HR.
"The Kodiaks finished 2-2 in the State Tournament, tied for seventh. Their overall season record was 25-3. I am really proud of this team," he said. "We have had a phenomenal year. It has been a pleasure to coach them and see how they have grown. What great year for these eight seniors."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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