ROSEBURG, Ore. — Hoquiam’s Babe Ruth softball teams moved closer to World Series berths by registering unbeaten records in the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament at Roseburg, Ore.
The Hoquiamites advanced to the championship game of the 16-U tourney by going unbeaten in four games. They will face either host Umpqua Valley or Rogue Valley of Oregon in the title contest at 6 p.m. today.
The Hoquiam 12-U all-stars are also unbeaten in four contests and play in the winners bracket final this morning. That tournament runs through Sunday.
The regional champions advance to the Babe Ruth World Series in their respective age groups. The 16-U Series is planned July 30-Aug. 5 in Pittsfield, Mass. The 12-U World Series begins Aug. 7 in Alachua, Fla.
Hoquiam’s state champion 10-U team did not make the trip to regionals. There is no World Series for that age group.
Jillian Swor pitched a five-inning perfect game as Hoquiam crushed Umpqua Valley, 18-0, on Friday. Swor aided her own cause with four hits, including a triple and two doubles. She drove in four runs.
Ashley Paladin went 3-for-3, Hannah Curry doubled twice and Kylie Stewart, Emily Wharton and Paige Folkers added two hits each for Hoquiam, which pounded out 20 hits. Stewart’s output included a triple, while Folkers doubled.
“We played good defense,” Hoquiam manager Bob Hyde noted. “Everything is working out to hopefully get us back east.”
Hoquiam trounced Upper Rogue, 26-2, and Umpqua Valley, 13-0, on Thursday.
Hoquiam collected 23 hits against Upper Rogue, with Curry and Swor contributing four apiece. Curry delivered a pair of doubles. Folkers had three hits, including a triple and double. Katie Bonell, English Hyde, Wharton, Paladin and Stewart had two hits each.
Pitchers Hyde and Swor combined for eight strikeouts.
Hyde struck out nine in five innings and aided her cause with three hits against Umpqua Valley. Folkers again tripled and doubled while Stewart, Folkers, Curry and Katie Hammonds had two hits each.
Hoquiam thumped The Dalles, Ore., 14-3, in its only Friday appearance. Winning pitcher Randie Stewart had two hits and Taylor Strom doubled in the winning cause.
Stewart and Abbi Spradlin combined for a no-hitter in a 16-0 rout of Upper Rogue, Ore., on Thursday. Payton Parshall homered and doubled, Maya Jump homered and Kacey Pelan doubled in this contest.
Jump tripled and singled in a 10-0 win over West End of Forks on Thursday. Parshall pitched a two-hitter.
Hoquiam concluded its Thursday action with a 5-3 win over Umpqua Valley. Jump doubled and singled to support Parshall’s pitching.