Kilee Lippincott sealed the Lady Goats win over the Cashmere Bulldogs in the nghtcap of a double header with a grand slam home run. Photo by Mark Lippincott
Chelan softballers take two from Cashmere
by Richard Uhlhorn
On Saturday, April 11, at Cashmere, the Lady Goats won both the opener and nightcap of their doubleheader against the Lady Bulldogs. Chelan won game one, 12-4 and game two, 14-4.
"Jamie Brunner stole the show today," reported Coach Anne Becker. "She had three homeruns, a double, five stolen bases and nine RBIs in addition to a solid defensive effort, all which seemed done with ease by the senior."
Brunner forced Cashmere to pitch around her and her attitude, according to Becker was, "If they are going to walk me, then I'm going to run all day."
Jamie Brunner hitting one of her three homeruns against Cashmere on Saturday.
The team lines up at home plate to congratulate Brunner as she crosses home plate on her third home run. Photos by Mark Lippincott.
In game one, Chelan held Cashmere scoreless through the first three innings, but capitalized by scoring nine of their 12 runs. Cashmere finally got on the board in the fourth inning to score the first of their 4 runs.
Chelsea Gocke pitched the first five innings of game one, throwing 51 pictches, allowing only six hits while striking out five and allowing three earned runs. "Chelsea shined by hitting her spots and working her pitches," said Becker. "She was supported with a strong defense all-around which held the Bulldogs to limited runs." AnnAlise Nelson relieved Gocke striking out two and allowing one earned run.
Offensively, Kilee Lippincott was 4-5, driving in four of Chelan's runs while Jamie Brunner stole the show with a 3-5 effort at the plate that included a double, 2 home runs and 7 RBIs to lead the Goats to the victory. Chelsea Gocke was 2-3 with 1 RBI. Elizabeth Garcia was 2-4 with two stolen bases; Taylor McCleelan had a double and one run; AnnAlise Nelson and Kaylee Robelia both had doubles.
"Lindsey Fox proved herself as a leadoff hitter and demonstrated great pitch selection. She was aggressive at bat and on the bases." Fox was 2-2 with 2 stolen bases, 2 runs and three doubles.
In game two, Cashmere scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, putting some pressure on Chelan, but by the time the third inning rolled around, Chelan was back in the swing of things, scoring two of their own. It wasn't until the fifth inning that Chelan took the lead with three runs and finished off Cashmere with a nine run sixth inning which was capped by Senior Kilee Lippincott with a grand slam.
AnnAlise Nelson pitched all six innings for Chelan facing 27 batters, allowing only three earned runs, while striking out three. "AnnAlise continues to emerge as the power on the mound for the Lady Goats," said Becker.
Hits: McClellan 3-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 2 R; Nelson 2-3, 2B,1R, 1 BB; Gocke 2-4, 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB; Lippincott 2-5, HR (grand slam), 4 RBI; Brunner 1-1, HR, 4BB, 5SB, 2 RBI, 3R; Krissa Gavin-Shively 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 BB; Garcia 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 R; Fox 2 R, 1 SB, 2 BB; Marque Flick 1 RBI.
"Taylor McClellan consistently hit throughout the games," said Becker
Chelsea Gocke, a clutch hitter in these two games, broke open the sixth inning with a single and a RBI.
"From the long ball to the short game, the girls were consistent throughout the line-up. Execution and heads up base running were the keys to our offensive game," stated Becker. "The girls have improved with each game this season and will continue to gain momentum."
The girls travel to Dryden to take on the Kodiaks on Wednesday, April 15 and will host Omak on Saturday, April 18.