W.F. West ace Kamy Dacus and the Bearcats were able to outduel Rochester and its ace Liz Phelps in a 1-0 pitcher’s battle in eight innings at Recreation Park on Wednesday.
W.F. West broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the eighth, starting with Chase White’s bunt single. Lena Fragner followed with another bunt, resulting in a Rochester overthrow to first base and another throwing error to the cutoff to home plate, allowing White to score the game-winning run.
“It was one of those games where we dug our heels in… (Rochester) brought it,” W.F. West coach Caty Lieseke said. “We made a couple sharp defensive plays. Kamy kept battling and we came out on top.”
Dacus struck out 15 batters on the mound and surrendered four hits, while Phelps fanned 14 batters for Rochester and allowed just two hits.
“It was a classic pitcher’s duel,” Lieseke said.
White and Fragner had both of the Bearcats hits, each of them bunts. Rochester’s Faith Kennedy had a game-high two hits while Callie Crawford and Roisin Stull each collected one hit.
W.F. West improves to 2-0 and travels to Tumwater on Monday. Rochester falls to 1-1 and hosts Tumwater on Friday.
Onalaska ace Dylan Zigler fanned 15 batters as Onalaska ran its win streak to two games with an 8-5 victory over Rainier at home on Wednesday.
“Big shoutout to Dylan,” Onalaska coach Rich Teitzel said. “Real proud of her.”
Raelee Holmes led the Loggers with 2-for-4 batting with three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Hannah James was 3-for-4 at the plate, and Hope Rhodes smashed an inside-the-park home run that flew down the third-base line and landed perfectly in the left-field corner.
Rainier (2-1) took its first loss of the season. Ace Bailey Elwell finished with a season-low 11 strikeouts on the day and led the Mountaineers at the plate, going 2-for-5. Miah Reynolds was 2-for-4 hitting, Alyssa Lofgren was 1-for-5 with two runs and Alisha Adamski had one hit.
“It was a hotly-contested game,” Rainier coach Kyle Greenwood said. “We were neck and neck the whole time. We were up 4-3 going into the fifth. It was a good battle between two teams.”
Rainier hosts Wahkiakum at 4 p.m. on Monday. Onalaska improves to 2-2 overall and travels to Kalama on Thursday.
“They bounce back from any kind of adversity,” Greenwood added. “We reflect on these moments and say ‘what do we have to do to come back stronger?’ It’s just nice to feel disappointed, because it means that we can compete with these elite programs.”