PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hoquiam’s quest for a Babe Ruth 16-U Softball World Series title came to an end on Saturday with two losses in the main bracket competition.
Hoquiam will participate in the Commissioner’s Cup tournament today and Monday, a double-elimination bracket play tourney that will feature teams eliminated on Saturday.
Today at 8 a.m., Hoquiam will take on Plymouth, Mass., in the opening round of the Commissioner’s Cup.
On Saturday, a flurry of walks given up and a slew of hits allowed by Hoquiam gave Del Rio, Texas the opportunity to advance with a 9-5 opening-round decision.
All told, Hoquiam gave up nine walks and eight hits to Del Rio, which went 1-2 on the day and will be in the Commissioner’s Cup draw with Hoquiam.
“We kind of wore out and let this one get away from us,” Hoquiam head coach Bob Hyde said. “They chipped away and the next thing we knew, we were down.”
Jillian Swor led the team with two hits and a double, with Paige Folkers adding three hits, Katie Hammonds two hits and an RBI and Katelyn Bonell driving in two runs for Hoquiam.
In a loser-out contest, Hoquiam faced a familiar opponent — St. Charles Parish, La. In pool play, Hoquiam won, 10-7. This time, St. Charles Parish outslugged Hoquiam, 16-6, to eliminate the Pacific Northwest champions, 17-3 in five innings.
“We beat them in pool play and they got us back today,” Hyde added.
Swor slugged three hits and an RBI, Ashley Paladin added two hits and an RBI and Kylie Stewart had a hit for all of Hoquiam’s offense at the plate.