ALACHUA, Fla. — Falling short in a succession of low-scoring games, Hoquiam’s all-stars bowed out of the Babe Ruth 12-U Softball World Series on Monday in Alachua, Fla.
The Hoquiamites concluded round-robin play Saturday by losing to JAPD East of Louisiana, 3-1, and Mount Olive, N.J., 4-0.
Entering the Commissioners Cup, for teams that did not qualify for the double-elimination portion of the tournament, they were eliminated on Monday by Mineral Area, Mo., 2-1 in seven innings.
While going 0-5 at the World Series, Hoquiam was competitive in all but its opening 13-3 loss to host Santa Fe, Fla. The Hoquiamites demonstrated solid pitching and defense throughout, but had difficulty generating much offense.
“They play tighter ball here and they pitch around your (good) batters,” Hoquiam manager Scott German said. “It’s the next level, definitely.”
Maya Jump doubled and scored on Jade Cox’s squeeze bunt in the first inning to produce Hoquiam’s lone run against Mineral Area. The Missourians tied it in the fourth and the teams remained tied at 1-1 until the seventh.
After Mineral Area loaded the bases with none out in that inning, Hoquiam brought the infield and outfield in and recorded two outs without surrendering a run. But a dropped third strike brought home the winning marker.
Payton Parshall, who pitched all seven innings, received her team’s Most Valuable Player award.
Jump had two hits to earn MVP honors against JAPD on Saturday, while Parshall and Randie Stewart were cited for fine pitching. The Louisiana club snapped a 1-1 tie with solo runs in the fourth and fifth.
Mount Olive did all its scoring in the final two innings to break open a pitchers duel in Hoquiam’s final round-robin contest. Jump, Madison German and Kylee Bagwell had Hoquiam’s hits in that contest. Stewart received the team MVP award for her defensive play at second base.
“I think we battled the hear and we battled the jet lag a little bit,” Scott German concluded. “Yet we played really competitive ball. I’m proud of them.”