Hoquiam 16-U softball all-stars falls in Commissioner’s Cup play

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A long, fastpitch-softball filled trip for the Hoquiam 16-U Babe Ruth softball all-stars came to an end on Sunday evening at the Babe Ruth World Series Commissioner’s Cup tournament.

Hoquiam went 1-2 in the double-elimination tournament on Sunday, falling to West Volusia, Fla., 5-0, in an elimination contest. Hoquiam was held to just two hits in the contest, but didn’t dampen the team’s spirits.

“The kids played a lot of fastpitch and learned a lot,” Hoquiam head coach Bob Hyde said. “They got to exerience something new. It was a good trip.”

Jillian Swor, who pitching in the final game, and Kaitlyn Hammonds had one hit each for Hoquiam against West Volusia.

Hoquiam knocked off Southern Plains, Colo., 14-7, in an elimination game earlier in the day. Paige Folkers had three hits and an RBI, with Swor adding two hits and two RBI. Hammonds and Katelyn Bonnel drove in two runs and Sam Braykovich drove in one run.

In the tournament opener, Hoquiam was edged out by Plymouth, Mass., 4-3. Folkers led the team with two hits and an RBI.

The tournament ended on Monday night and Hoquiam is expected to return to the Harbor this afternoon.

Main bracket

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.

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,” Hyde said. “They chipped away and the next thing we knew, we were down.”

Swor led the team with two hits and a double, with Folkers adding three hits, Hammonds two hits and an RBI and 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.


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