It was an offensive outburst all around Thursday as Winlock snuck past Morton-White Pass, 19-17, in a Central 2B League softball game in Winlock.
Winlock fell behind 3-0 and 11-4 before popping off an eight-run inning to steal the momentum and hold on for the win. Following a frustrating pitching performance, Karlie Jones, who yielded to Addison Hall the previous inning, launched a homer to start what would be a game-deciding rally.
Jones finished 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and two runs scored. Maia Chaney was also 3-for-5 with three runs, while Tianna Bornstein-Cook was 3-for-4, Addison Hall was 2-for-4 with three runs, Josalynn Shepardson was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Kindyl Kelly drew three walks and scored three times. Madison Keatley had a pitch-hit single and Hall took the win in the circle in relief.
“I just want to say I’m super proud of this team,” Winlock coach Lauren Dumoulin said, noting the Cardinals took a tough loss to Onalaska on Monday. “We stepped it up at practice and it showed today. That was one of the best energy I’ve seen from a ball team in some time. It didn’t seem to matter to them we were down seven runs.”
Winlock (3-3) welcomes Ilwaco in a twinbill on Saturday starting at noon. Morton-White Pass plays host to Toutle Lake on Tuesday. That’s a 4 p.m. start.
Pe Ell-Willapa Valley continued its dominance in the 2B Pacific League, sweeping Raymond in a road doubleheader on Thursday in Raymond.
The undefeated Titans took down the Seagulls 16-5 in six innings in game one then pitched a 17-0 shutout in three innings in game two.
The Titans blasted 15 hits in game one, led by Raegan Portmann’s three-run walk-off home run. Olivia Matlock went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Ava Bush was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double, Grace Huber was 2-for-4 with a double and Sadie Howard went 2-for-3 with a double. Matlock struck out 11 and allowed five hits in six innings in the circle.
Raymond scored two runs in the top of the first, putting PWV in a position it wasn’t used to. The Titans responded by answering with eight runs in the bottom of the first to regain momentum.
“It was good for us to go through that,” PWV coach Ken Olson said. “I was glad to see us respond to adversity. Raymond was swinging the bats well. They were not intimidated by us.”
In game two, Peyton Peterson notched her first high school home run, a three-run shot, while Matlock also hit a home run while hitting 2-for-3. Portmann was 4-for-4 with a double, Annika Mason was 3-for-4 with two doubles and Bush went 2-for-3 with a double.
Matlock registered three Ks across two innings in the circle and Lauren Emery added one strikeout in ⅔ of an inning.
“It was good to see her throw a solid game for us,” Olson said. “We were strong all the way through.”
Olson also gave a shout out to Raymond shortstop, Kyndal Koski, who played the game of her life, he said. The Titans belted about 10 hard-hit balls her way and she only had one error. She also crushed a home run for the Seagulls at the plate.
PWV improves to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in league play and hosts Ocosta in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
The drive took longer than the game. Adna drove 3 ½ hours to Stevenson for a 52-minute game, shellacking the Bulldogs, 24-0, in three innings in C2BL action Thursday.
Adna pitchers mowed down eight of the nine Bulldog batters they faced, with Haley Rainey fanning five in two innings and Ava Simms added three Ks in one inning.
Karlee Von Moos crushed a grand slam for the Pirates, while Brooklyn Loose, Macy Kalnoski, Kaylee Ashley, Gracie Beaulieu and Emma Eko each collected two hits a piece.
“We hit the ball all over the park,” Adna coach Bruce Pocklington said. “They’re a very young team. We had batting practice, a little bit… we didn’t run on any passed balls and didn’t tag up when we could have.”
Adna remains unbeaten and moves to 6-0 on the season. The Pirates host Rainier at 4 p.m. on Monday.
Sophomore Dani Tupuola went 1-for-2 at the plate with three runs, two walks and an RBI to help Napavine take down Wahkiakum, 8-6, on the road Thursday in 2B Central League play.
The Tigers, who have now won two in a row, were outhit 9-6 by the Mules but used clean defense and aggressive baserunning to come away with the win. Sophomore Cailyn Milton went the distance for the Tigers, striking out two and walking two. Patricia Helsin was 2-for-4 at the plate.
“We’re getting better each week,” Napavine coach Josh Fay said. “Base running was a factor for us today. Not our best game of the year but we’ll continue to get better this shortened season.”
Napavine improves to 3-2 overall and hosts Toledo (4-1) on Monday. The Indians are coming off a 1-0 win over Rainier on Thursday.
Vanesa Rodriguez drove in the game’s only run as the Toledo Indians slipped past the Rainier Mountaineers 1-0 in a Central 2B League softball game in Rainier on Thursday.
Bailey Elwell was good despite the tough-luck loss. In the full 7.0 innings of work, she struck out 13 against a single walk, allowed just two hits and the earned run. Of her 94 pitches, nearly 75% were strikes.
Keira Anderson had two hits for the Mountaineers and Alyssa Lofgren, Raychel Hansen, Miah Reynolds and Brooklynn Swenson each had hits. Reynolds’ knock was a double.
For Toledo, Candace Clark tripled and scored for Toledo, making the short 60-foot jaunt from third on Vanesa Rodriguez' game-winning RBI groundout in the third inning.
Rainier had runners at first and second in the bottom of the sixth, then got the leadoff batter aboard in the bottom of the seventh with a walk, but the young Mountaineers couldn’t push the tying run across.
Despite the loss, Rainier coach Kyle Greenwood was encouraged by the result.
“Their confidence is flowing and flowing,” Greenwood said. “I haven’t seen this group be this confident.”
Toledo (6-1, 4-1) visits Napavine on Monday and Rainier (3-2, 3-2) heads to league leader Adna the same day. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m. starts.