Chelan's Lady Goats have one more chance to make the State Fastball Tournament on
Saturday when they face off against Freeman at
Lady Goats play Freeman this Saturday
by Richard Uhlhorn
It's all up to the girls this coming Saturday, May 23, as they take on Freeman and a chance to represent the Caribou Trail League at the State Fast Pitch Softball Tournament this year.
The ladies are going to have to bring their best game to the diamond if they expect to move on. The game will play out at Brewster beginning at
This past Saturday, Chelan lost to Cashmere in a tough game that went 9 innings. "AnnAlise pitched a great game, throwing hard for 9 innings," reported Coach Annie Becker. "Unfortunately, our offense and defense could not back her up. We just came to play a little late in the game."
Cashmere jumped ahead early in the game; Holt started the inning off w/ a walk, advanced on a hit, reached third on a passed ball, then reached home on an error. Both teams were held runless until the 6th inning.
Chelan was able to light a fire and answer to Cashmere’s 3-run 6th inning. Fox lead off with a walk, moved along by a Lippincott single, followed by another walk by Brunner. Gocke pulled through with a clutch hit to score 2 RBIs, then followed by another for the inning. AnnAlise Nelson was aboard with a single in the 7th and pushed across the plate by Brunner.
The international (aka Kansas City) tie breaker came into effect in the 9th inning after a scoreless 8th. With Drange on 2nd, Hesselschward reached on an error. Head drove in 2 RBIs. Wisemore later scored to make it 3 total runs on the inning.
Cashmere was able to tack on 1 more run than Chelan, therefore coming away with the victory. Chelan made a valiant attempt, however, it was just too late. Robelia bunted and reached on an error to push Gavin-Shively to 3rd, followed by a Nelson double. Lippincott drove Nelson in, but the runs stopped there.
"We beat ourselves with errors. We weren’t out played, but we dug ourself into a hole we couldn’t get out of," said Becker.
Chelsea Gocke started the game off well, but Omak was able to adjust in the 3rd inning. AnnAlise pitched another great game, demonstrating her ability to push this Chelan team.
"It’s hard to ask a pitcher to throw more than 12 innings on a hot day, but she made it known that her arm was ok. She’s helped push this team as a pitcher and a leader," said Becker.
Omak held a 3-1 lead for most of the game, until the 4th inning, where Chelan had 5 consecutive base hits, plus RBIs by Nelson, Robelia and Williams to score 4 runs. A 3 up, 3 down inning in the top of the 7 sealed the win for Chelan.
"Once again, we waited too long to pounce on the team. We got a good lesson to today about playing in the heat and the girls were definitely feeling it. Although we really wanted to come out and win that first game, the girls didn’t give up, rallied in both matches, and pulled out the win in the second game," said Becker "We killed ourselves with errors including mental errors as well. Now we are in a bit of a tougher spot than we had originally planned, but I really feel that these girls are driven and will rise to the challenge."