YAKIMA — Doing all its scoring in the fourth inning, Almira-Coulee/Hartline eliminated Wishkah from the state 1B softball tournament with a 3-1 victory on Saturday at Yakima’s Gateway Softball Complex.
The Warriors mustered only three hits off Wishkah pitcher Teagan Louthan. Two of those, however, came in a three-run fourth that also included two errors and a passed ball.
The Loggerettes (14-5) also produced only three hits — all extra-base blows. Ally Ancich doubled home Aleah Park (who was hit by a pitch) in the sixth inning with Wishkah’s only run.
Louthan concluded her stellar prep career with a typically phenomenal walk-to-strikeout ratio. The senior right-hander didn’t issue a free pass, while striking out 13.
The Loggerettes went 1-2 at state for the third consecutive year. In contrast to past seasons, however, they were competitive in all three state contests — despite the fact that literally half of their 14-player roster was composed of freshmen and eighth-graders.
“We were stronger defensively (than in the past) and I really think Teagan was one of the best pitchers there,” Wishkah coach Tove Reibel said. “Just a few errors hurt us. But I’m extremely proud of the progression of our team. We’ll sorely miss our pitcher and catcher (senior Sam Bernhardy), but we’ll regroup and get ready for next season.”
ACH 000 300 0 — 3 3 0 Wishkah 000 001 0 — 1 3 3
Hughes and Rockett; Louthan and Bernhardy.
RBI: ACH — Sample. Wishkah — Ancich. Triples: ACH — Isaak. Two hits: Wishkah — Ancich. Doubles: ACH — Sample. Wishkah — Ancich 2, Louthan.
Winning pitcher — Hughes (walked three; struck out six). Losing pitcher — Louthan (walked none; struck out 13).