Host Hoquiam reaped most of the spoils in the state Babe Ruth softball tournament last weekend.
Teams from four divisions came together at Gable Park on Sunday and a Hoquiam team came out on top in three of the tournaments.
Hoquiam’s 16-U, 12-U and 10-U teams each won their respective tournaments and will advance to the regional tournament beginning Thursday in Roseburg, Oregon.
In the 16-U division, Hoquiam was faced with a best-of-three game series against West End of Forks to determine the champion. However, Hoquiam needed just two games to dispose of West End. Hoquiam cruised to a 15-2 win in its first game and a 14-4 triumph in its second game.
In each game, Hoquiam jumped out to a big lead in the first few innings and controlled the game the whole way. Both games ended via the 10-run mercy rule, with the first game lasting five innings and the second game six frames.
Jillian Swor was named the Most Valuable Player of Hoquiam’s first win, in large part because she hit a three-run home run.
Swor, who had two hits, was also one of four Hoquiam players to record multiple hits in the game. Ashley Paladin had three hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs; Kylie Stewart had two hits, including a triple, and also drove in three runs; and Hannah Curry had two hits.
Swor was not done after her impressive performance in game one. She capped a three-hit game and secured a Hoquiam victory by hitting a walk-off, two-run shot over the center field fence to end the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Katie Hammonds was named the MVP of that game, but Swor was selected as the MVP of the tournament.
English Hyde pitched both games for Hoquiam and allowed just eight hits while striking out 11 batters in 11 innings.
Hoquiam earned the top seed in round robin play on Thursday and Friday, then won its first two games in the double-elimination bracket on Saturday to reach Sunday’s championship game. Because they had not lost yet in double- elimination play, the Hoquiamites had two chances to defeat West End and win the championship.
In the first game, Hoquiam took the lead in the top of the sixth and final inning. Jordan Cox scored on a wild pitch to tie it up. Then Jade Cox scored on an infield single by Maya Jump to give Hoquiam the lead, 8-7.
However, West End fired back in the bottom half of the inning. Thanks to a walk and two Hoquiam fielding errors, West End had the bases loaded with two outs. Rian Peters hit a line drive single into left field that plated Brenna King and Madison Davis, ending the game with a 9-8 West End victory.
The next game was a winner-take-all contest and Hoquiam dominated from the start. It took Hoquiam just four innings to finish off run West End 10-0.
Maya Jump led off with an inside-the-park home run into right center field and captured MVP honors for that game. However, Maddie German was named the MVP of the tournament for Hoquiam.
Hoquiam’s 10-U team earned the top seed in round robin play and won its first two games in the double-elimination bracket to reach the championship game.
As was the case in the 12-U division, Hoquiam needed two games in the title round to claim the championship — this time against Othello.
In the first game, Othello’s Breanna Marquina allowed just four hits and struck out 10 Hoquiam batters en route to an 8-4 victory. Hailey Wilson provided a bright spot for Hoquiam in that game, recording two hits, including a double, and driving in a run.
In the second game, Hoquiam’s Tauni Hilliard took matters into her own hands. Hilliard pitched six shutout innings, allowed just one hit and struck out 12 Othello hitters in a 3-0 Hoquiam win. Hilliard also drove in Hailey Wilson and Hailey Lawrence with a single in the third inning.
Kamryn Krohn hit a triple in the in the fourth inning and scored on a passed ball to cap the game’s scoring. Krohn was named the MVP of the championship game and Hailey Wilson took tourney MVP honors.
Hoquiam coach Scott Wilson spoke highly of his team’s all-around effort on Sunday.
“Everyone came to play today and everyone played well,” Wilson said. “Tauni Hillard threw an absolutely phenomenal game.”
Hoquiam’s 14-U team did not fare as well as its 10-U, 12-U and 16-U counterparts. It faced a best-of-three game series against a tough Bellingham squad and lost both games via the 10-run mercy rule.
On the strength of a no-hitter by Carissa McDowell, Bellingham took the first game easily, 11-1.
McDowell walked two Hoquiam batters and hit one with a pitch. Kaydee Mittleider scored Hoquiam’s only run on a wild pitch after reaching base on balls.
Game two was quite a bit different. It was tied at 3-3 after three innings, and Hoquiam hung tough until it unraveled in a 15-run Bellingham sixth.
Bellingham put together 14 hits in the top of the sixth inning to extend its lead to 21-4. McDowell hit a three-run home run and a grand slam in the sixth inning. Combined with the three-run homer she had hit in the third inning, McDowell finished the game with three home runs in three at-bats, and drove in 10 runs.
McDowell was named MVP of the game and the tournament.
Hoquiam’s Karlie Krohn recorded three hits in the game, including a triple, and scored three runs. Racheal Reed also recorded three hits for Hoquiam, including a double, and drove in three runs.