5-24 State Sball
Kilee Lippincott draws a bead on a pitched ball at the State Softball Tournament on Saturday, May 24. Chelan hit the wall against Lakeside, losing 6-3 against a team they beat at Regionals by a score of 12-2. Photo by Tracy Williams for GLC
Lady Goats still standing at end of State Tournament
by Richard Uhlhorn (All photos by Tracy Williams)
After losing on Friday to Montesano, the eventual 2008 State Champions, by a score of 4-2, Chelan went into Saturday play against Nooksack Valley. Coming into this game, Nooksack Valley has scored 19 runs and was the team picked to give Montesano a run for the title. Chelan spoiled that dream for Nooksack Valley in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied at 0-0.
“We had two outs and Jamie Brunner had two strikes. Alisha Love was on first base,” said Coach Jeff Barker. “We sent Alisha on the pitch and Jamie hit a double to left field to score Alisha for the 1-0 win.”
In this game, Kim Harter only allowed one hit, one walk and had 10 strikeouts to take the win.
After beating Lakeside in Regional action 12-2, Chelan drew them again in Game 5 of the State Tournament. “I think we finally hit the wall,” said Coach Barker. Chelan ended up losing this game 6-3. “Kim gave us all she had, but was done in the third inning.”
Lakeside hit her hard with a triple and a homerun. Harter gave up four runs on three hits, five strikeouts and two walks.
AnnAlise Nelson gave Chelan three good innings, giving up two runs on three hits, one strikeout and two walks.
Offensively, Chelan had nine hits in this game. “We had five girls scatter five singles and Anna Pickett added 2 for 4 at the plate with Lyndsey Fox going 2 for 3.
“I am very proud of the way they played this tournament. We came in shorthanded and a little beat up, but they played well, said Barker. “We shutout a very good Nooksack team that scored 19 runs in 3 games, We beat a tough Chimiacum team 2 - 1 which scored 30 runs in the tournament.”
“We had alot of people that thought the early match up with Montisano should have been the championship game. Chelan is the only school that scored on the Championship team Montesano in the Tournament. I thought this was the gutsy performance and we all should be very proud,” Barker said. ”State only recognizes the top four teams at state. I guess you could say we were fifth in the sense we were the fifth. team left on the field when our last game was over.”
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