2A Softball Roundup: Dacus Dominates in Bearcats’ Opening-Round Win Over Sequim

STATE: W.F. West, Tumwater Move to Quarterfinals With Big First-Round Wins; Rochester Drops Tight Debut With Lynden, 3-1


W.F. West made short work of Sequim on Friday, blasting the Wolves 10-3 in the first round of the 2A state softball tournament at Selah’s Carlon Park.

Senior hurler Kamy Dacus did a little bit of everything for the winners, smashing two home runs and a pair of doubles while tossing a 10-strikeout, no-walk complete game in the circle.

The Bearcats (20-4) led 4-1 after an inning, taking advantage of a pair of Sequim errors in the first inning and getting a big double from Dacus and a leadoff solo homer from Lena Fragner.

They plated four more runs in the fifth inning, which included Dacus’ second home run and a solo bomb from Rachel Gray. 

Fragner finished 3 for 5 with a double. Gray and Staysha Fluetsch each went 2 for 4.

The win advanced the Bearcats to Friday’s 4 p.m. state quarterfinals against No. 7 Olympic. The Trojans beat Cedarcrest, 4-3, in the first round.

Warriors Fall to Lynden in Opener

Rochester’s first trip to state since 2000 got off to a rocky start on Friday as the No. 14 Warriors came up just short against No. 3 Lynden in the opening round of the 2A state softball tournament.

The Warriors managed to out-hit the Lions, 8-4, but stranded 10 baserunners in the loss. Sadie Knutson's RBI single in the sixth inning was Rochester’s only run of the game.

Lynden, meanwhile, drove in runs with three of its four hits. Claire DeVries hit an RBI double in the third inning, then DeVries and Melanie Anderson knocked back-to-back solo homers in the fifth.

Knutson tossed the first five innings for Rochester, striking out four and allowing just four hits. Kaylee Demers struck out the side in the sixth.

Knutson and Cheyenne Justice each went 2 for 3 for the Warriors. Lakota Escott was 2 for 4. 

Rochester (14-9) dropped into a loser-out 2 p.m. game with North Kitsap. 

Lynden (18-3-1) moved on to face Tumwater in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m.

Tumwater Blasts North Kitsap 18-0 in First Round

The Thunderbirds scored 12 runs in the first inning and cruised past North Kitsap, 18-0, in the first round of the 2A state softball tournament Friday morning in Selah.

Jaime Haase and Megan Paull both went 3 for 4 and homered in the first inning for Tumwater (20-2). Aly Waltermeyer was 3 for 3 with a double and Kylie Waltermeyer was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Scout Abbott and Jaylene Manriquez were both 2 for 4.

Freshman pitcher Ella Ferguson, meanwhile, blanked the Vikings in a five-inning complete-game effort. Ferguson retired the first 12 batters she faced and gave up one single in the fifth inning, striking out nine without issuing a walk.

Tumwater (20-2) moved on to face Lynden at 4 p.m. in the state quarterfinals.