Wildcats start strong in state softball tournament, but struggle on day two

  • Thu May 31st, 2018 3:46pm
  • Sports

YAKIMA — The Ocosta Wildcats entered Saturday’s competition in the state softball semifinals after two solid victories on Friday, but after a close loss to Napavine, the Wildcats ended up in the consolation bracket, where they fell in the semifinals at the Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima. Ocosta finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.

1B Consolation Semis: PWV 19, Ocosta 9

The Titans scored 16 runs in the first two innings en route to beating Ocost, 19-9, in a consolation bracket semifinal of the state championships on Saturday.

PWV (24-5 overall) scored five runs in the first inning.

Trailing 5-0, Ocosta rallied for four runs in the second on run-scoring hits from Evalyn Marsh, Kjirstin Hopfer and Kaylee Barnum.

But that was as close as the Wildcats (22-8) would get, as the Titans’ offense erupted for 11 runs on eight hits in the bottom of the second inning to put the game out of reach. PWV scored the 11 runs on five doubles, three singles, a hit batter and three Ocosta errors.

The Titans’ Katelyn McGouch had two doubles and drove in a pair of runs in the frame.

Ocosta’s offense was led by Barnum, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

1B State Semifinals: Napavine 7, Ocosta 5

Ocosta’s defense surrendered a two-run lead by committing four errors as Napavine grabbed the lead with a four-run third inning.

Leading 2-1 with two outs in the third, Ocosta’s defense committed three-consecutive errors, allowing three runs to score as Napavine took a 4-2 lead.

Napavine made it 6-2 an inning later, sparked Music’s run-scoring triple.

In the bottom of the fourth, Ocosta climbed back into the game when Krystal Morales led off with a double and later scoredon Kianna Battiste’s triple. Two batters later, Battiste scored on Hopfer’s sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 6-2.

The Wildcats crept closer in the sixth, when Barnum doubled and later scored on a Kristi Raffelson single to make it 6-5.

But Napavine added an insurance run in the seventh and retired the Wildcats in order in the bottom half of the frame to eliminate the Wildcats from state-title contention.

The high-powered Ocosta offense took little time to get warmed up on Friday as the Wildcats scored 11 runs in the first inning en route to a 14-6 opening-round win over Friday Harbor in the 2B State Championship Tournament on Friday at the Gateway Sports Complex.

First/second round

Ocosta’s Kristi Raffelson opened the scoring with a two-run single that seemingly opened the floodgates. In the Wildcats’ double-digit opening frame on Friday, they had six hits, drew four walks and benefited from two hit batters and a pair of Friday Harbor errors.

Down 13-1 in the fourth inning, Friday Harbor scored five runs to keep the game from becoming a mercy-rule-shortened win for the Wildcats.

Erika Snider earned the win for Ocosta, allowing two earned runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Ocosta (21-6 overall) then defeated Colfax, 11-8, to advance to the state semifinals against Napavine.

Down 3-0 in the third, the Wildcats scored five runs to take the lead, four of those runs coming off of two-run home runs by Kjirstin Hopfer and Erika Snider.

The Wildcats offense proceeded to put pressure on Colfax pitching by scoring a pair of runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Hopfer went 3-for-4 with a double, the two-run home run and four RBI to lead the Wildcats.

Ocosta’s Kristi Raffelson, Kjirstin Hopfer and Daijhia Adams were all presented with WIAA sportsmanship medals at the end of the tournament.