Rescheduled after Aberdeen protested an extra innings win for the Rochester softball team last week, the Warriors left no doubt Saturday to clinch the 2A Evergreen Conference Three-Seed in Rochester.
Playing an abbreviated doubleheader, the Warriors had to finish up the protested game, starting in the eighth inning. After a scoreless eighth and one run each in the ninth, Layna Demers home run blast in the 10th inning started an eight-run inning for the Warriors, firmly putting away the Bobcats to clinch the season series and the seeding heading into Districts next week.
In the second game of the doubleheader, this time a full game, sister Kaylee Demers went yard in the fourth inning, starting a nine-run rally to defeat the Bobcats and complete the season sweep, 14-4.
The win helps the Warriors avoid the four-seed, and the play-in Tuesday against the Greater St. Helens League No. 5 seed. Now Rochester will take on the GSHL’s No. 2 on Thursday at Recreation Park in Chehalis.
Also standing out in the second game was Sadie Knutson, who drove in four runs and Macey Fluetsch, who went a perfect 3 for 3 with two runs scored and a bases-clearing 3-RBI double in the fourth inning.
In the circle, Knutson gave up three earned runs in two innings as the starter, and Layna Demers came out of the bullpen to pitch four scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and striking out three.