PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bookended by two tough defeats, Hoquiam’s 16-U all stars found their offense to finish with a split in pool play on Friday.
At the Babe Ruth 16-U Softball World Series, Hoquiam knocked off St. Charles Parish, La., 10-7, on Thursday and started Friday with a 9-1 win over West Volusia, Fla.
In the final pool play game, Hoquiam fell behind early to the host team, Berkshire Force, and couldn’t rebound in an 8-2 loss.
Today, Hoquiam will start double-elimination bracket play as the No. 8 seed and will face No. 9 Del Rio, Texas at 5:30 a.m. The winner of the game will face No. 1 seed Madison County, N.C. at 9:30 a.m., while the loser will play later in the day. The tournament ends on Sunday.
“We’ll see what happens,” Hoquiam head coach Bob Hyde said. “I think we’re OK. You still have to play the game. Like we told the girls, it is a new tournament. Everyone is 0-0. Regardless of where you are seeded, it doesn’t mean you can’t win.”
A five-run fifth inning by Berkshire, including an inside-the-park grand slam by Allie Hunt, put the game away at 8-2. Hoquiam got two runs in the bottom of the first inning — an RBI triple by Jillian Swor and an RBI single by English Hyde — to tie the game at 2-2.
Swor took the loss in the circle, striking out four and walking five in five innings of work. Hyde finished in relief for Swor.
Earlier in the day, Hyde scattered five hits and struck out three in the win over West Volusia. Kylie Stewart had two hits and an RBI, Ashley Paladin three hits and an RBI and Sam Braykovich added a pinch-hit two-run double. Swor, Kaitlyn Hammonds and Paige Folkers each drove in one run.
On Thursday, Hoquiam got its first win of the tournament by holding off St. Charles Parish. Swor picked up the win, scattered eight hits and struck out two. Hyde led the team with three hits, including a double, and an RBI. Folkers added two hits, including a triple, and three RBI. Hannah Curry and Emily Wharton each had two hits, with Wharton driving in one run.