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5/29/2014 10:59:00 AM
Softball season comes to an end with losses in Bi-Districts to Riverside and Cashmere
Ian Dunn

Coming into the Bi-District tournament at Central Valley in Spokane, the Kodiaks needed to win at least one game to advance to State. They faced off against Riverside in the first game last Friday.

The Rams opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with two runs on three hits. After a scoreless second inning, the Kodiaks rallied to take a 3-2 lead. Meredith Krous and Sarah Pickel and came home on 2 RBI single by Kaycee O'Brien. Madi Russ walked and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Ariah Ells.

Riverside would come back to tie the game 3-3 with a run in the fourth on two hits. In the fifth, the Rams took 5-3 lead on a walk, hit and error. In the sixth, Sydney Coffin led off with a homer to cut the lead to 5-4. It was her ninth home run of the season, and 15th career homer, making her the career home run leader at Cascade.

Madeline Krous bunted and was called safe on an errant throw. After she stole second, then two sac bunts tied the game 5-5. In the bottom of the seventh, Cascade got two quick outs, then gave up a double and single as the Rams won 6-5.

"The girls battled hard in this game. The Riverside pitcher threw hard and it took us awhile to adjust. Once we started putting the ball in play, we made good things happen," said Ken Krous, Cascade head coach. "This was a hard one to lose. A couple of fielding miscues and a couple of big fair/foul calls made the difference in this game. I was happy with the effort."

Krous pitched 6.2 innings giving up 3 runs on 12 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Keelin Hunt pitched 7 innings for the Rams, giving 4 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks and 15 strikeouts.

O'Brien went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Coffin was 1-for-3 with a home run and RBI. Meredith Krous was 1-for-1.

Cascade faced Cashmere in the second game of the day, with a chance to go to State. But this game was all Bulldogs as they won 12-4.

The Kodiaks went up 1-0 in the first as O'Brien singled and scored on Coffin double. Cashmere would take a 3-1 in the second on five hits. Cascade cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the third on hits from O'Brien and Madeline Krous. Cashmere jumped out to a 9-2 lead with six runs in the bottom of the third on six hits and an error. Two of the hits were bunts the Kodiaks couldn't handle.

The Kodiaks cut the lead to 9-4 with a pair runs in the fifth, but Cashmere scored twice in the bottom of the frame to extend the lead to 12-4. The Kodiaks opened the sixth with singles by Russ and O'Brien, but Cashmere was able to get the next three outs. The Kodiaks went quietly in the seventh to end the game.

"After losing in the morning, the team had to wait until a 4 p.m. to play. The lay-off sapped the energy from the girls," Krous said. "We battled, but we just couldn't come up with the big play to stop an inning. While I'm always sad to see it end, I am very proud of how far the girls have come from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. Thank you for another great season."

Krous pitched 6 innings giving up 11 runs on 18 hits with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Morgeon Mongeon pitched 7 innings giving 4 runs on 14 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

O'Brien was 3-for-4 with 2 runs and RBI. Coffin was 3-for-3 with a run and two doubles. Mady Harris was 2-for-4 with a run.

Despite the loss, the future looks bright for the softball team, as there were only two seniors, Coffin and Harris.

Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or editor@leavenworthecho.com.

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