Washington softball takes 4th at state tournament
The Washington softball team lost against defending 4A state champs Indianola on Friday, July 26. This led Washington to bring home fourth place.
Washington was the first up to bat. Things did not get off to a good start for them. Maddie Bohr struck out at the plate. Sammy Ellingson hit a ground ball out to second base. Kaitlin Buchholz hit a single to right field and went on to second base but Ashley Rausch struck out. This would make three outs.
Indianola came up to bat and would get on the scoreboard quickly with three runs. Ally Orwig would hit a single off of pitcher Ashley Rausch, then advance to second base because of an error. Madi Parrot would hit a single and get on base advancing Orwig to second. A pitch hit McKenzie Ellis, automatically advancing her to first base, and this made the bases loaded, putting Indianola in position to score.
Jordan Schnathorst came in and pinch ran for Ellis. Brianna Chaplin hit a double to Washington shortstop Grace Redlinger. Redlinger was able to throw to first baseman Kolbi Breard to get Parrott out. Next up to bat for Indianola was Taylor Barnett. She hit an RBI single to left field and this allowed Orwig to score. Kirsten Burris would hit an RBI double and both Barnett and Schnathorst would score.
Washington wouldn’t get on the scoreboard until the top of the third inning. Chayse Jaspering was the first batter up to the plate. She hit a fly ball out to center field. Bohr hit a fly ball out to right field. Ellingson hit a ground ball and was able to get to first base because of an error on Indianola’s side. Ellingson took second base after a wild pitch from Indianola. Buchholz came up to bat and hit an RBI single to the left side of the diamond. Ellingson would round third base and go home to score the only run for Washington.
Indianola would answer back Washington’s one run with three runs at the bottom of the third inning.
Ellis was first up in the batting line up. She began the inning by hitting a fly ball out to the left side of the field. Chaplin would be walked. Kay Quijano would come in and pinch run for Chaplin. Barnett was able to get on to base because of a fielder’s choice. Quijano would be tagged out after Redlinger threw the ball to Bohr. Burris hit a single out to centerfield advancing Barnett to second base. Chelsey Smith would come in to pinch run for Burris.
Libby Yenger was able to get to first base safely because of an error and the bases would be loaded. Paige Aldred hit an RBI to the left side of the field allowing Barnett to score. Cassie Burris took the plate and hit an RBI single, which let Yenger and Smith to score. This would bring the score 6 – 1, Indianola on top.
In the fourth inning neither team would score and would only give one hit off of each other.
At the top of the fifth inning Washington still had a chance to gain more runs but was quickly shut down by Indianola. Jaspering was the first up to bat and hit a ground ball out to the pitcher. She was unable to make it safely to first base. Bohr came up to bat and did reach first because of an error made by Indianola. Ellingson made contact with the ball but Indianola got her out at first base and Bohr out at second base, making it a double play.
It was the bottom of the fifth inning when Indianola would pull away with the runs, scoring four.
K. Burris got to second base because of an error from Washington. Smith would come in and pinch run for Burris. Yenger was hit by the pitch and advanced to first base. Bailey Barnett would pinch run for Yenger.
A timeout was called and Amber Linnenkamp relieved Rausch. Indianola’s Aldred fouled out to third base. C. Burris hit a single and Barnett advanced to second, while Smith went on to third base. Orwig would hit an RBI double to the right center field, which led to Barnett and Smith to score. Parrott would hit an RBI single to center field and Orwig and Burris would score. This brought Indianola up to 10 runs.
Washington would try to get on to the base during the sixth and seventh inning but would have no luck. The game ended with a final score of 10 -1, Indianola taking third place and Washington taking fourth.
Washington’s record for this year would end at 30 - 13.
After the game Joni Erwin found out she was selected for the 4A All Tournament team. Washington Head Softball Coach Angie Shrader could not be reached for comment.