Hoquiam advances to final eight of Babe Ruth World Series

WILSON, N.C. — Another stellar pitching performance has vaulted Hoquiam into the Elite Eight of the Babe Ruth Softball 16-U World Series.

Myranda Curtis and Jessica Madison combined on a two-hitter as Hoquiam closed out pool play with a 6-1 win over Creeks, Fla., on Saturday at Wilson, N.C.

Hoquiam won its five-team pool with a 3-1 round-robin record. The Hoquiamites will be one of eight teams advancing to double-elimination bracket play beginning Monday.

Since they draw a bye on Sunday, when most other teams will conclude pool play, the Hoquiamites will not know the time or opponent for Monday’s opening bracket game until late today.

Curtis allowed only two hits and struck out five in five scoreless innings against previously unbeaten Creeks on Saturday. Madison fanned three in the final two innings.

The Hoquiamites have allowed only one run in their final three round-robin contests.

Hoquiam also utilized a balanced attack, with seven players collecting one hit each.

“They just came together and did their job,” Hoquiam manager Greg King said. “We did a lot of good baserunning.”

Chelsy Stewart was cited for her defensive play in center field. Sam King, who has caught every game in the tourney, was commended for her work behind the plate.