Kilee Lippincot slides into home against the NooksackValley softball team to score Chelan's first run in the 2-1 win on a passed ball. (Photo submitted by Mark Lippincott)
Chelan beats Nooksack at fastpitch
by Richard Uhlhorn
Senior pitcher AnnAlise Nelson not only pitched a full game against Nooksack on Friday in Wenatchee, but knocked in the winning run as Chelan bested them 2-1 in seven innings.
Chelan's defense was strong behind Nelson's pitching, making only a few erros. "We were able to push past the mistakes and hold Nooksack to only one run," reported Coach Anne Becker.
Nooksack had a number of opportunities with runners held at third base, but were unable to get a run across the plate past the second inning of play.
Defensively, Jamie Brunner led the Goats with three assists and six put-outs, including an unassisted double play to get the team out of a tight spot.
Kilee Lippincott singled to open the fourth inning with Chelsea Gocke walking and Taylor McClellan singling to right field to advance Lippincott to third base. She scored Chelan's first run on a passed ball at the plate.
"Nooksack's pitcher intimidated the goat batters," said Becker. "She only allowed three hits in seven innings of play." The effort was not quite strong enough to fight off the Goat offense.
With the game tied at 1-all going into the bottom of the seventh, Taylor McClellan reached first base on an error with only one out. McClellan advanced to second and third base on passed balls. Then on a full 3-2 count, AnnAlise Nelson singled to short to score McClellan and end the game with the Goats notching the tough win.
"It was a great effort on all the girls’ parts to keep their heads in the game and fight until the end," said Becker. "This is a big win for our program and the girls are excited to show the teams on the west side of the mountains that we are ready to compete."
Mark Lippincott reported that Nooksack's pitcher was the strongest the team has seen all year. "I think AnnAlise pitched her best game ever," said Lippincott. "This was the team we beat by one run in last year's state playoffs."
On a telephone conversation with Coach Becker, she said, "I think things are going really well this year. Outside of our terrible loss to Cascade we are playing well. We just didn't show up for Cascade."
Becker is looking to mix it up with pitching. Kari Williams has not been on the mound too much this year, but Becker said she is working herself into the second pitching slot. She has used Nelson as her primary and Nelson throws hard. Chelsea Gocke, who has pitched in relief and also started in the nightcaps, throws a lot slower and according to Becker, this has a tendency to throw off other teams hitting.
Overall, it looks as though Chelan will be hitting its stride when the playoffs come.