Winning their second straight loser-out contest, Bellarmine Prep advanced to the 4A state softball tournament with a 10-4 win this afternoon over Gig Harbor at Sprinker Rec Center.
After Gig Harbor got on the board on Anna Overland’s two-run homer in the bottom of the first, the Lions exploded for five runs in the second inning, capped by a two-run single from Courtney Schwan to make it 5-2. Audrey Lindberg answered in the bottom half with a two-run single for the Tides to cut it to 5-4, but Bellarmine Prep starter Rachel Barcena then retired 14 batters in a row.
The Lions’ offense put the game away with four runs in the top of the fifth to make it 10-4, as Schwan and Alex DeStephano had run-scoring singles in the frame. Bellarmine second baseman Becca Sorensen was also an offensive key for the Lions, drawing three bases-loaded walks in the game to plate three runs. Barcena finished by allowing the four runs on four hits, with three walks and 12 strikeouts. The Lions were to face South Kitsap at 5 p.m. in a game to determine seeding to the state tournament.
Wilson, meanwhile, fell short of the state tournament as they lost 3-2 to Peninsula in their morning game and were topped 5-0 by Bonney Lake later in a loser-out contest.
The Rams managed just three hits off Bonney Lake starter Melissa Charron, getting a runner in scoring position just twice in the contest. The Panthers got on the board on Maddi Adams’ two-run double in the bottom of the first, and Bailey Ahern added a two-run double in the third to make it 4-0. Wilson’s best chance to score came when Darian Grimm crushed a ball to left center to lead off the fourth, but the ball hit midway up the fence, and Grimm was stranded at second after settling for a double.