It was a game of runs, literally, in Tumwater softball’s 7-5 win over Centralia Wednesday afternoon.
After the Thunderbirds put four runs on the Tigers in the first inning, Centralia responded with four unanswered runs of their own after a score in the top of the first, to take a brief, 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
But a three-run sixth for the T-Birds, coming off an Aly Waltermeyer double and a Jaylene Manriquez home run, sealed the deal for the home team Wednesday after Centralia couldn’t score again in the seventh.
Tumwater ace Ella Ferguson came out of the bullpen in Wednesday’s game, and gave up just one earned run on two hits with two strikeouts. At the plate, Ferguson went 1 for 2 with a run scored and two RBIs.
For the Tigers, Peyton Smith threw a complete game with seven earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and four walks. Makayla Chavez was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with a run scored and two RBIs. Hannah Robbins went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
The Tigers and Thunderbirds rematch Thursday at Centralia at 4:30 p.m.