The Adna softball team climbed as high up the classification ladder as it could, and with the exception of one big inning held its own against 4A Puyallup in an 8-3 loss at Auburn Riverside.
The first inning set the tone for what was to come for the Pirates, with the Vikings taking the lead out of the gate on a dropped third strike followed by a three-base error. The defensive issues returned on an even greater scale in the second, with Puyallup — which made it to the semifinals of the 4A state tournament last year — scoring five more on three walks, two errors, two hits, and an RBI groundout.
Spotting its opponent a six-run lead, Adna went on to outscore Puyallup 3-2 over the final six innings. Kendall Humphrey singled home the Pirates’ first run of the day, then hammered in the rest of their offense on a two-run home run in the sixth.
Karlee VonMoos started in the circle and went five innings for the Pirates; she allowed seven runs, but only three were earned. She also went 2 for 2 at the plate.
Humphrey finished 2 for 3, and Danika Hallom and Brooklyn Loose both hit doubles in the first two spots in the order. The top four batters in Adna’s order combined to go 6 for 12, while the bottom five went hitless.
Adna will drop two spots down the classification ladder to face 2A Hockinson on Wednesday.