2B Softball: Rainier Knocks Off Liberty in Play-In Round


The No. 10-seed Mountaineers dismantled No. 7 Liberty, 17-0, on Friday to open the 2B state softball tournament at Yakima’s Gateway Sports Complex.

The win ended the season for Liberty, while Rainier moves on to face No. 2 Warden Friday afternoon in the state semifinals.

Rainier scored in each of the game’s five innings and led 9-0 after the second frame. Bailey Elwell, meanwhile, shut down the Lancers from the circle, tossing all five frames with 10 strikeouts, three walks and just one hit.

The Mountaineers had 14 hits in the win. Madison Mounts went 3 for 4 with a triple, a double and four RBIs to lead the way. 

Olivia Earsley, Alyssa Lofgren, Brooklyn Swenson and Keira Anderson were all 2 for 3 with an RBI and an extra-base hit. Azlyn Taylor drove in three runs and went 2 for 2 with a double.

Toledo Blasts Okanogan

Toledo, the No. 11 seed, had little trouble upsetting No. 6 Okanogan on Friday in the play-in round of the 2B state softball tournament.

The Riverhawks built a 10-0 lead by the third inning and cruised, powered by a pair of home runs from Greenlee Clark in the eventual 12-2 victory.

The win advanced Toledo to the state quarterfinals, where they face Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.