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2A Softball: Bearcats Shut Out Capital to Stay Undefeated

By The Chronicle, Centralia, Wash.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

April 12--OLYMPIA -- W.F. West stayed undefeated with a 5-0 Evergreen 2A Conference victory over Capital here on Friday night.

Kyndra Haller and Jessica McKay each went 3 for 4 as the Bearcats collected 10 total hits.

"The kids swung the bats better than they did the day before (a 1-0 victory over Capital in Chehalis)," W.F. West coach Mike Keen said. "I thought our defense played great, turning a double play in the sixth and they really helped us out."

Kassidy Grandorff was 2 for 3, and the Bearcats built a 3-0 lead through the first three innings before adding an insurance run in the fourth and seventh frame. Pitcher Ali Graham allowed just four hits, struck and two and didn't issue a walk in the victory.

"We had another good pitching outing from one of our pitchers," Keen said. "Ali pitched great and wiggled out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth. She was in control the whole game."

W.F. West (5-0 overall, 4-0 league) hosts EvCo foe Tumwater on Monday.

Tigers Rock Wolves in Double Header

LACEY -- Centralia's road trip ended well, as the Tigers blanked the Wolves 19-0 in Game 1 and came close to repeating the feat in Game 2, defeating River Ridge 16-1 here on Friday night.

Each game lasted just four innings due to the 15-run mercy rule. Game 1 featured hits aplenty for the Tigers as Tucker McAuley went a perfect 4 for 4 and Melissa Zion went 3 for 3. Mackenzie Wasson pitched well for all four innings, striking out seven. All but two of the Tigers' 15 hits were recorded in the third and fourth innings, where Centralia scored 8 and 11 runs, respectively.

"We came out strong but we didn't get anything going in the first two innings," Centralia coach Candy Hallom said. "We just started hitting the ball and got our timing down in the third inning, and when you hit, you score."

Game 2 saw more of the same, but a much lesser count in the hits column due to numerous walks from River Ridge. McAuley would make her only official at-bat count, driving in an RBI, while Wasson went 2 for 4 and drove in 3 for Centralia. Payton Cline added a home run.

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"We've got some great girls who can really hit," Hallom said. "Both (pitchers) Wasson and Jessica Girardin did great today, as well, only recording one hit in two games. It's nice that we have two solid pitchers this year and it's going to help us out a lot."

Centralia remains undefeated in league at 4-0 (4-1 overall) and will travel to the University of Washington to face defending State 2B champion Toutle Lake today at 11 a.m.


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