|4/16/2014 1:35:00 PM|
Kodiak softball falls to Chelan, Okanogan
It was a tough week for the Cascade Kodiak fastpitch softball team, with lopsided losses to Chelan and Okanogan. Cascade began league play at Chelan on April 8, losing to the Goats 10-0 in six innings.
Photo by Ian Dunn
Cascade junior second baseman Kaycee O’Brien lays down a slap hit in recent action at Richard Rice Field in Dryden.
Chelan scored two runs in the first inning, four in the third, two in the fourth and then two more in the sixth to win the game, via the 10-run rule. Goat pitcher Amanda Reeves kept the Kodiak hitters off balance much of the game. Coach Ken Krous said Reeves did not throw the ball hard, the Cascade hitters just didn't make the adjustments.
"Ten of our at bats lasted all of one pitch. Add to that five at bats that lasted two pitches. We were not very patient today and we swung at a lot of bad pitches. It just wasn't our day," Krous said.
Leanne Fraker, Meredith Krous, Sarah Pickel and Marriah McEachern all went 1-for-3. Pitcher Madeline Krous pitched 6 innings, giving up 12 hits, 9 earned runs, 3 walks with 1 strikeout.
Cascade faced off against Okanogan last Friday in Okanogan. The Bulldogs swept the double-header, winning 8-4 and 18-0.
In game one, after a scoreless first inning, the Kodiaks put a run on the board as Sarah Pickel had an RBI single to drive in Madeline Krous. Okanogan scored three runs in the bottom of the second on four hits, to take a 3-1 lead. Okanogan added home run in the third to go up 4-1. Cascade cut the lead to 4-2 in the fifth on an RBI single by Kaycee O'Brien. Another homer in the fifth put Okanogan up 5-2. The Bulldogs added three runs in the sixth on a hit and three errors. That put the home team up 8-2.
Cascade rallied in the seventh with two runs, and had the tying runs on base when the game ended. Okanogan won 8-4. "We had an opportunity in the first game to get a win. But for one inning defensively the game was there for the taking," Krous said. "We still need to work on being more aggressive defensively. However, the girls realized that they can compete and beat Okanogan, which is a good ball club."
Pickel was 2-for-3 with 2 doubles, a run and an RBI. O'Brien was 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
The second game of the double header is one the Kodiaks would like to forget, losing 18-0 in five innings. Okanogan piled up 22 hits versus only one hit for Cascade.
Krous had a tough game, giving up 22 hits and 15 earned runs.
"Game two was a letdown after the solid effort in game one. Hand it to Okanogan, they hit the ball well in game two," he said.
With the losses, Cascade dropped to 0-3 in league, and 2-5 overall. Okanogan improved to 3-0 in league and 6-2.
Cascade hosted Quincy (0-3, 3-6) on April 15. Results were not available before press time. The Kodiaks play at Brewster (3-0, 4-4) on Saturday as part of a double-header. Next Tuesday, the team hosts Chelan (4-1, 5-4).
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.
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