SELAH, Wash. – Two timely hits were all that R.A. Long needed, and the Lumberjacks held on to knock Colville into the loser’s bracket in the rain-delayed State 2A softball tournament, 7-5, at Carlon Park on Friday.
The loss put an end to a 22-game win streak for Colville and sent the Indians into a late consolation game against Olympic. Colville won that contest 12-0 in five innings and will play in another consolation game at noon today. The opponent in that game will be the loser of a quarterfinal game between Aberdeen and Lynden that started after 10:30 p.m.
The Indians struggled for five innings against R.A. Long starter Tori Almos before figuring out her strong combination of a rise ball and change-up.
Almos struck out eight batters through four innings.
She also had one of the two big hits, slapping a three-run double with one-out in the third inning. Her hit followed a walk and bloop single by Addie Bailey.
Madison Cathcart had Long’s other big hit, a laser over the center-field fence for a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Once Colville made its adjustments, it closed the deficit from 7-0 to 7-5 in two innings and had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning before Almos recorded the final out.
Emily Poling had a two-run home run for the Indians in their half of the fifth. Jammie Madonna stroked an RBI double to the base of the center-field fence in the sixth inning and Hannah Smith stroked a two-RBI single.
Smith’s single followed a great hustle play by Colville pitcher McKenna Cabbage. After slapping a grounder that the Lumberjack third baseman couldn’t handle, Cabbage was running all the way and steamed easily into second while the baffled Long defenders watched helplessly.
“We were up for her (Almos),” Colville coach Jim Abel said. “Once we got on top of the rise ball and started putting it in play, we made them have to make some plays.
“Defensively, we didn’t give our pitcher any help.”
Colville made four errors.
Abel said that while all the squads had to endure the six-hour delay caused by rain, the wait served to make his team tighter.
1A: Nikki Tiffany allowed one run through seven innings and Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls (22-4) edged Nooksack Valley (15-10) in the quarterfinals of the State 1A tournament, 3-1, at Columbia Playfield in Richland.
The Eagles scored three runs in the third to take the lead. Madi Naccarato opened the scoring with an RBI double and Kirsten Kyllo added a two-run double.
Lakeside whipped Warden (12-5) 19-6 in the first round earlier in the day. Lauren Gerty went 5 for 6 with a double, triple and three singles. She drove in eight runs.
The Eagles will face Woodland (24-1) in the semifinals today. Woodland shut out Mt. Baker and Okanogan in the first two rounds.
Riverside was eliminated after dropping its first two games. The Rams fell 14-2 to Connell (25-0) in the opening round.
Connell scored 10 runs in the fourth inning.
The Rams were eliminated after a 12-1 loss to Hoquiam (14-6) in their next game. Julie Rasmussen scored Riverside’s lone run.
The Rams ended the season with a 20-6 record.
2B/1B: The opening rounds of the 1B and 2B state tournaments at Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima were postponed because of rain. Tournament games will be played today and Sunday.