MERIDIAN, Idaho — Hoquiam’s all-stars placed second in two age groups in the Pacific Northwest Regional Babe Ruth Softball Tournament that concluded Saturday at Meridian, Idaho.
The Hoquiam 12-U team fell to Upper Kittitas County, 3-2, in the championship game. The 10-U squad dropped an 8-2 decision to Forks in the title contest.
Abbi Spradlin hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as Hoquiam trounced host Meridian, Idaho, 17-6, to advance to the 10-U championship game. Hailey Wilson went 4-for-4 and Spradlin, Tauni Hilliard and Charli Eastman added two hits each.
Hilliard was the winning pitcher, with relief help from Wilson and Spradlin.
The Hoquiamites were limited to four hits in their loss to Forks in the championship game. Spradlin tripled and Maddie German had an RBI for Hoquiam.
The regional tournament represented the end of the season for both finalists. There is no Babe Ruth World Series in the 10-U age group.
“The girls did an outstanding job,” Hoquiam manager Scott German said. “They worked hard and dealt with the heat (which was as high as 107 degrees).”
Hoquiam advanced to the 12-U final with an 11-1 rout of Kuma, Idaho. Kaylee Barnum and Karlie Krohn each hit inside-the-park home runs and finished with two hits. Alyssa Harner added two hits, including a double. Siara Marlow was the winning pitcher, with help from Krohn and Kamimi Papp.
Upper Kittitas County pushed across an unearned run in the top of the sixth to nip Hoquiam, 3-2, in the state championship game.
Hoquiam had the potential tying and winning runs on base in its half of the sixth but ended the game with a groundout to shortstop.
The Hoquiamites pulled off a triple play in the first inning. Kylee Bagwell caught a fly to center field and fired to Barnum to nail a runner at third. Barnum then relayed to first baseman Marlow to complete the triple killing.
Hoquiam was limited to four hits, two by Harner.
Upper Kittitas advances to the Babe Ruth World Series beginning Aug. 1 in Florida.
“It was an outstanding season,” Hoquiam manager Jason Barnum said. “We only gave up four runs in the whole tournament and we scored a bunch. It’s an outstanding program to be involved with and I’m very proud of the girls performance.”