Okanogan returns to state

Brewster girls fall just short of state

— The Okanogan High School girls softball team finished second in District 6/7 play and advanced to the state 1A tournament.

Brewster came within one game of playing for a berth to state.

“I am really excited for these girls, especially the five seniors, who fulfilled their goal of getting back to state,” Okanogan coach Darin Radke said.

Okanogan opens state against River View out of Kennewick at noon at Columbia Playfield, 930 Long Ave., Richland. The fields are located east of Richland High School.

In other games, Riverside takes on Connell and Columbia (Burbank) plays Cascade, with both games at 10 a.m.

Lakeside, on the same side of the draw as Okanogan, plays Warden at noon.

Okanogan opened with a 7-5 win over Riverside and Brewster stopped Kettle Falls, 7-2.

Statistics were not sent for Brewster.

Okanogan trailed 3-0 into the bottom of the second inning before tying the game. Four runs in the final two innings pulled out the victory.

“We fought back and didn’t give up,” Okanogan coach Darin Radke said. “It was good to get the nerves out and come up with a win over a tough Riverside team.”

Kolby Marchand homered and Brooklyn Bauer was 3-4. Kelsey Chiles and Mackenzie Norwill each tripled.

Okanogan (7) – Bauer 3-4, 2RBI; Chiles 1-4, R, 3B; Norwill 1-3, R, 3B, RBI; Carrillo R, BB, HBP; Marchand 2-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI; Morris 1-3, RBI; Moses 2-3, R, RBI; Huner 1-3; Oules R.

In the semifinals, Okanogan knocked off Northeast 1A League No. 1 Lakeside, 6-4, while CTL champion Cascade moved Brewster to the consolation bracket, 19-1.

“This was a fun game to be a part of,” Radke said. “It was back and forth all game.”

“Keeley Morris had a game that you tell your grandkids about someday. She accounted for all 6 runs on three 2-run home runs, including 1 in the top of the eighth to put us up for good.”

The game was tied 2-2 after two innings and 4-4 after four innings.

“Our girls probably played the best we’ve played all year,” Radke said. “We made several big defensive plays to end scoring opportunities for Lakeside. We pitched it well and played solid defense and found a way to score enough runs to win.”

Okanogan (6) – Bauer 1-5; Chiles 1-4; Carrillo HBP; Marchand 1-2, 3R, BB, HBP; Morris 3-4, 3R, 3HR, 3RBI; Harris 1-3, HBP; Moses 1-4.

In the district championship, Cascade edged Okanogan, 16-9.

“Our girls battled like crazy for four innings, taking a 9-8 lead, but we had been playing softball for seven straight hours and just ran out of gas,” Radke said. “Three straight games back-to-back-to-back is extremely hard to do, especially when we had two emotionally draining games before this one.

“I was so proud of our girls for the heart they showed and to not get down when things didn’t always go our way. They just dug deep and fought back. The nice thing is we are headed back to Richland for the state tournament.”

Okanogan (9) – Bauer 3-4, 3R; Chiles 2R, BB; Norwill RBI, BB; Marchand 2-3, R, 3RBI, BB; Carrillo 1-4, R, 2B, 2RBI; Morris 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB; Huner 2R, SB.

In loser out consolation games, Riverside stopped Brewster, 6-2, and Lakeside won, 10-2, over Kettle Falls.

Lakeside received the No. 3 seed to state based on seeding to the district tournament. Riverside is No. 4.

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EAST WENATCHEE – Liberty Bell is heading to state as the No. 2 seed from the District 5/6 tournament May 17 at Sterling Sportsplex.

Liberty Bell opens state against Northwest Christian (Colbert) at 9 a.m. at Gateway Sports Complex, 405 S. Fair Ave., Yakima.

Lake Roosevelt, on the same side of the 16-team draw, takes on Pe Ell at the same time.

In District 5/6 semifinal games May 17, Kittitas blanked Bridgeport, 11-0, and Liberty Bell edged Lake Roosevelt, 12-9.

Katherine Tannehill led the Mountain Lions, going 2-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs.

Julie McMillan was 2-3 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs.

Kelsey Baldwin pitched the entire game, striking out 3 and walking 3.

“We left a lot of runs out on base paths,” Lake Roosevelt coach Jamie Lezard said. “The young ladies played great on defense, but we had some errors that cost us the game.”

Top hitters for the Raiders (.462 average) were Ashley Lezard (1.000), Riley Epperson (.800) and Kayla Doney (.750).

In the championship game, Kittitas prevailed, 14-2, over Liberty Bell.

The Mountain Lions led 2-0 early then fell behind 4-2 in the third inning.

“The game remained close until the sixth inning and Kittitas picked up two runs,” Liberty Bell coach Lee Pilkinton said. “Then in the seventh Kittitas scored 6 runs.”

Katherine Tannehill, Cierra Ebbert, Kuirstin Pilkinton and Lily Darwood each had a hit.

Kelsey Baldwin pitched into the seventh before being relieved by Darwood.

In the consolation bracket, Lake Roosevelt eliminated Bridgeport, 16-1, for the No. 3 seed to state.

The Raiders hit .583 for the game, Lezard said.

Alana Epperson, Riley Epperson, Ashley Lezard, Savannah Marin and Savannah Kentner all batted .750.

Lezard pitched, giving up 1 hit and throwing 76 percent of her pitches for strikes.

“Lake Roosevelt played both games very well,” coach Lezard said. “As a team, we are still leaving too many runs out on the base paths. We need to fix that for games played at state.”

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ELLENSBURG – Pateros smacked Klickitat, 5-1, and earned the No. 1 District 5/6 seed to state May 17 at Ellensburg High School.

Pateros (18-3) opens the eight-team, double-elimination state tournament at 1 p.m. against Touchet at 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Gateway Sports Complex, 405 S. Fair Ave., Yakima.

Lyle/Wishram eliminated Soap Lake, 9-8, then fell, 13-2, to Klickitat for the No. 2 seed to state.

Against Klickitat, the game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Vandals pushed across a run on a Pateros throwing error.

In the top of the sixth, the Nannies struck, starting with Vanesa Figueroa getting on base on a dropped third strike.

Lorie LeDoux was hit by a pitch and Chloe Gill got on with a walk to load the bases.

After the next two batters struck out, Laura Kesti sent a ground ball to the shortstop, whose throw to home was not handled by the catcher. That scored Figueroa and LeDoux for a 2-1 lead.

Lauren Gelstin singled to score Gill and Kesti.

“That was a big hit by Lauren in a clutch situation,” Pateros coach Sheri Mortimer said.

LeDoux tripled in the top of the seventh and Gill singled her home for the final score.

Katarina Wilson pitched, striking out 10, walking 3 and giving up 2 hits. Kesti caught for the win.

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