Springdale Slowpitch Opens Fast
State A/B Springfest
Springdale won three times Friday at the State B slowpitch softball tournament, defeating Cascade Christian 13-12, Brewster 11-6 and Pe Ell 7-0.
The Chargers and Adna are the lone unbeatens heading into today’s finals. Adna defeated Northwest Christian 8-3 in the semifinals.
Northwest Christian had beaten DeSales 14-3 and Orcas Island 10-9.
In other games of area note, Selkirk fell 7-6 to Wahluke; GarfieldPalouse fell 5-4 to Kahlotus before beating Davenport 15-10 and Kalama 11-2; and Northwest Christian beat DeSales 14-3 and Orcas Island 10-9 before falling 8-3 to Adna. Davenport also lost to Warden 7-6.
Ritzville’s top-seeded girls doubles team of Elizabeth Hille and Connie Kirkendall advanced and will take on unseeded White Salmon in one semifinal, while the Odessa pair of Nicole Melcher and Marci Smith advanced and will face fourth-ranked Port Townsend in the other.
In boys doubles, Lind brothers Brian and Chris Keltz advanced and will take on No. 1 Cascade.
Unseeded Mandy Eastwood of Lakeside, meanwhile, advanced in singles play. In boys singles, Lakeside’s Hutch Goodman plays Medical Lake’s Josh Greene in a consolation semifinal.
LaCrosse-Washtucna will play for third place when the State B tournament winds up today after the Tigerscats dropped a 12-7 decision to Kittitas on Friday.
Kittitas will meet DeSales, a 3-2 winner over Adna, for the title. LaCrosse-Washtucna and Adna play in the consolation final.
Matt Eslinger went 5 for 5 and drove in two runs, Reece Brown was 4 for 6 with one RBI and David Bucholz drove in two runs to lead Kittitas’ 18-hit attack. The Koyotes had to come back from a 2-0 first-inning deficit, putting the game out of reach with a five-run fifth inning, then weathering a four-run Tigercats rally in the bottom of the fifth.
LaCrosse-Washtucna pitcher Clint Ledbetter drove in three runs and Brent Wigen two for the Tigercats.