DeSales, Dayton downed at state softball tourney


YAKIMA — Dayton, DeSales, and Waitsburg-Prescott stayed alive here Saturday at the Class 2B state softball championships.

DeSales and Dayton advanced to the quarterfinals with opening wins: DeSales defeated Napavine, 8-3, and Dayton handled Orcas Island, 5-2.

The Bulldogs squared off against pre-tourney favorite Toutle Lake in the semifinals and the Ducks scored five times in the ninth inning to advance to today’s final with a 6-1 win.

DeSales ran up against Hannah Husted of Northwest Christian and Husted blanked the Irish as the Crusaders posted a 5-0 win.

W-P dropped its opener 7-2 to Morton-White Pass, but stayed alive with a 6-4 win over Kittitas.

Dayton meets Asotin and W-P squares off with DeSales for the third time in the postseason this morning at 10 in loser-out battles.


A sacrifice by Sam Harting and a RBI single from McKayla Bickelhaupt produced two fourth-inning Dayton runs and that was all Harting in the Bulldog circle needed.

The Bulldogs tacked on three more in the fifth behind singled from Caitlyn Robins and sarah Phillips, but Harting was in control.

Harting finished with a complete-game four hitter and struck out eight in pitching the Bulldogs into the semifinals.

“Sam was very focused today,” Bulldog coach Terry Robins said. “Our seniors were workman like. This is the best game we’ve played since Riverview at the first of the year.


The Ducks scored an unearned run in the first as leadoff hitter Breezy Hockett lined a single and it got by the Bulldog outfield and Hockett scooted all the way home.

Dayton got even in the second as Bickelhaupt blasted a solo home run.

Paige Deffenbaugh for the Ducks and Harting for Dayton controlled the game from the circles until the ninth.

Deffenbaugh, after the Bickelhaupt blast, did not allow another run and limited the Bulldogs to only five hits.

Harting was better through eight innings. She gave up one run and only three hits through eight.

Dayton had some chances.

Jessica Tate doubled to lead off the fourth with a double but was left at second. Robins doubled to lead off the Dayton eighth, but the next three Bulldogs went down in order.

The Ducks broke through in the ninth with a small-ball attack. Bunts were executed and Dayton failed to get outs. Only two balls left the infield, Evy Elting’s sacrifice fly, and Bailey Hockett’s two-run single, but the job was done as the Ducks scored five runs.

Dayton only mustered an infield hit by Bickelhaupt in the home ninth, and the Ducks will play for the title today at 4 p.m.

“We had two opportunities to win that game,” coach Robins said. “They just slipped away. That was the funnest game we’ve played all year. It was pretty much error free and Sammy (Harting) pitched her heart out. If we failed today, it was laying the bunt down. This is what it is all about. Playing a game like that at this level.”


A sac-fly from Brittney Postlewait helped stake the Irish to a 4-0 lead after one.

Napavine chipped away and narrowed the gap to 4-3 following Taylor White’s two-run fourth-inning home run.

“We knew this was going to be a tough game,” Irish coach Russ Vera said. “I was worried after they got a couple of runs. We knew it would take more runs to beat them.”

The Irish responded in the home fourth as Ashlyn Lyons tripled in two and scored on Ali

Zander’s ground out. Lyons rapped out two triples and an inside-the-park home run in the Irish sixth.

Molli Lesko added two hits to the Irish attack. Lyons went all the way for DeSales and struck out five in the circle.

“This was a great win,” Vera said. “Our girls played sound ball.”


The Crusaders broke a scoreless tie with a three spot in the third, and that was all Hannah Husted needed. Husted pitched the Crusaders into the finals with a four-hit shut out.

Postlewait, Claire Conley, Kaylee Brown, and Cara Hall were the only Irish to solve Husted.

“She (Husted) is a good pitcher,” Vera said. “We just didn’t play our game. Give them all the credit. They are a good team. We’ve got to bounce back and go for third place.

“They got some key bloopers and scored some runs,” Vera said. “We weren’t able to hit her. We just had a bad day.”


A four-run second proved too much for W-P to overcome.

The Timberwolves took advantage of a W-P error and a two-run single by Christine Robbins to score four times in the fateful second.

Singles from Heidi Miller, Katy Hofer, and a two-run single from Jessica Fox got W-P within 5-2 after four, but the Timberwolves added two in the sixth to pull out the 7-2 win.

“We didn’t hit the ball exceptionally well,” W-P coach Angie Potts said. “We adjusted our defense after we saw where they were hitting, but we made those adjustments a little too late.”


The Coyotes scored on a two-run single from Alexandra Arreola to tie the score at 4-4 heading to the home sixth.

W-P’s Fox reached on an error, Samantha Henze beat out a bunt, and Loegan Harshman delivered both with a triple, and Jennifer Nichols, in the W-P circle, finished her complete game with a scoreless seventh.

“I think we just like to give people heart attacks,” Potts said of the late Timberwolve rally to tie. “But we stepped up when we needed to, and I’m proud of them for hanging on. I think I need to make Loegan mad more often. Our rule is that we pinch hit for you if you take a called third strike. We did then we put her back in for that final at bat.”


Dayton 000 230 0 — 5 8 1

Orcas 000 010 1 — 2 4 4

Harting and Bickelhaupt; Garcia and Susol.

Hits — Day: Phillips, Frame 2, Harting, Bickelhaupt 2, Robins; Orcas: Nigretto, Garcia, Bronn, Rogers.


Toutle Lake 100 000 005 — 6 5 0

Dayton 010 000 000 — 1 7 2

P. Deffenbaugh and Iverson; Harting and Bickelhaupt.

HR — Day: bickelhaupt.

Hits — TL: Br. Hockett 3, Ba. Hockett, P. Deffenbaugh; Day: Bickelhaupt 2, Phillips, Tate 2, Robins, Ward.


Napavine 001 200 0 — 3 8 4

DeSales 400 301 x — 8 7 1

Peters, Olson (4) and Bornstein; Ash. Lyons and Postlewait.

HR — Napa: White; DeS: Ash. Lyons.

Hits — Napa: Pannette, Peters 2, Olson, Sahlinger, White 2, Bornstein; DeS: Lesko 2, Ash. Lyons 4, Acock


NWC 003 020 0 — 5 8 0

DeS 000 000 0 — 0 4 0

Husted and Turner; Ash. Lyons and Postlewait.

Hits — NWC: Chaffin 3, Husted 2, Baughn, Taylor, Turner; DeS: Postlewait, Conley, Brown, Hall.

MWP 7, W-P 2

MWP 140 000 0 — 7 13 0

W-P 000 200 0 — 2 6 2

Brooks, Brown (5) and Atkinson; Nichols, Brown (7) and Brannock.

Hits — MWP: Kelly 2, Robbins 3,Allen 3, Reynolds, Atkinson, Hazen, Lundy; W-P Moss, Henze, Miller, Hofer, Fedderson, Brannock.


Kittitas 200 002 0 — 4 9 4

W-P 012 102 x — 6 4 5

Hayes and Kies; Nichols and Brannock.

Hits — Kitt: Baker 3, Shipley, Hayes 2, Steiner 2, Arreola; W-P: Henze 2, Miller, Harshman.


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