Chelan's seniors, wearing Princess Crowns posed for the camera on Wednesday's final home game against the Brewster Bears. The seniors are leading the team to the playoffs once again.
Photo by Mark Lippincott
Chelan Lady Goats continue winning ways
by Richard Uhlhorn
Chelan's Lady Goats had two games last week, including a home doubleheader where the seniors were honored with their parents (thanks to Mark Lippincott and Jamie Brunner for supplying photos of the seniors).
At home against the Brewster Bears, Chelan prevailed in both games 15-2 and 15-2.
On Saturday, May 2, the team traveled to Okanogan and won both the opener (15-5) and the nightcap (15-2).
The girls are playing excellent softball both defensively and offensively.
Chelan v Okanogan - Saturday
Carri Williams started on the mound in game one, pitching 4 innings and facing 19 batters. She allowed all five runs Okanogan had, but struck out 4 and walked only one. AnnAlise Nelson relieved and pitched 2.2 innings striking out 3 and walking one.
"Williams and Nelson were a great combination of different pitches and different speeds; they complimented each other quite well," reported Coach Anne Becker. "Williams held the Bulldogs to only one run until Kerr’s homerun in the 4th inning tied the ball game." Okanogan was able to pull ahead of the Goats in the fifth inning with two more runs, but Chelan stepped up to the challenge in the top of the sixth.
Amanda Ihlandfeldt began the sixth by taking a pitch. AnnAlise Nelson followed with a single and a fielders choice by Kaylee Robelia.
"With two runners aboard, Krissa Gavin-Shively had a sacrifice hit to push Nelson across, followed by a big, game-tying hit from freshman Danielle Smyth." Chelan added two more runs in the top of the 7th to seal the win.
"The girls did great executing under pressure, hitting well throughout the line up, and rising to the occasion to get the big win," said Becker.
In the nightcap, AnnAlise Nelson pitched five innings of excellent ball with eight strikeouts, allowing only two runs. "This game began as a close one, but the Ladies were just waiting to explode," said Becker.
Explode they did. In the fourth inning, they broke open an eight run inning with six hits and capitalized on the Bulldogs two errors. Willams reached on an error and followed by four consecutive hits from Nelson, Fox, Brunner and McClellan to take the Goats out to a 10-1 lead.
Williams singled later in the inning to add another run and then Nelson capped the inning with a triple to temporarily take the . The Bulldogs added one more run in the bottom of the 4th making it 12-2, but the Goats added three more runs in the fifth to end the game 15-2.
"We knew these games were going to be a huge for sealing a good spot for post season play, and the girls really pulled through. We’re happy where we are sitting in league, yet still have 2 more games before we can really focus on the next step in the post season," said Becker.