OTHELLO — Hoquiam won its first bracket contest in the 12-U portion of the State Babe Ruth Softball Tournament on Friday at Othello.
After closing out pool play with an 8-2 victory over Othello, Hoquiam thumped Forks in four innings, 12-0. The Hoquiamites will face Upper Kittitas of the Ellensburg area in a winners bracket semifinal at 9 this morning.
Hoquiam’s 10-U team dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to Othello in the first round of double-elimination competition. The Hoquiamites had outlasted the same Othello club in seven innings, 13-7, in their final round-robin contest. They take on North Olympic of Port Angeles in a loser-out contest at 11:30 a.m.
Both tournaments run through Sunday. Hoquiam’s 16-U team faces Port Angeles in a best-of-three game series for the championship beginning today.
Winning pitcher Karlie Krohn struck out six in a four-inning shutout against Forks. She supported herself with two hits, with Taylor Barnum and Kamimi Papp doubled in this contest.
Barnum had two hits, including a double, in Hoquiam’s win over Othello. Papp was the winning pitcher.
“The kids really showed up to play today,” Hoquiam manager Jason Barnum said. “I’m really proud of the way they played.”
Hoquiam split its first two pool-play contests Thursday.
Krohn delivered two hits and drove in three runs in an 8-6 win over North Olympia. Siara Marlow was the winning pitcher.
Limited to one hit (Kylee Bagwell’s single), Hoquiam dropped an 11-1 decision to Bellingham in a contest shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
Othello delivered a pair of RBI singles with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to nip Hoquiam in the opening round of bracket competition.
Maddie German had two hits for Hoquiam, while Tauni Hilliard received her team’s game MVP award. Hailey Wilson pitched four strong innings for the Hoquiamites.
Hoquiam erupted for six runs in the seventh inning to beat Othello earlier in the day. The Hoquiamites rallied from a 5-2 deficit to prevail.
German’s bases-loaded triple was the biggest blow of the seventh. Hilliard, Charli Eastman and Alyssa Perry also had hits in that inning.
Hilliard, with relief help from Abbi Spradlin, picked up the victory. Hoquiam manager Scott German credited his club with outstanding defense.
Maddie German, with three hits, was chosen as the game’s MVP. Eastman also had three hits.
The Hoquiamites also split their first two games Thursday. Hillard had two hits and German doubled in a 22-5 rout of North Olympic.
Forks, however, trounced Hoquiam, 12-2. Hilliard was her team’s MVP recipient in the latter game.