The Sideline

Monday, August 29, 2016 This Week's Paper
Wilson wins Narrows 3A softball tourney, Bellarmine second in 4A

Wilson capped a solid three games at the Narrows 3A softball tournament with a 9-2 win over North Thurston on Friday afternoon to grab the league’s top seed to the district tournament.

Wilson took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Carsen Stanley doubled to score Julie Davis and Stephanie Granger followed with a single to plate Stanley. But North Thurston answered with two runs in the bottom of the second, including a game-tying single from Ashley Skillingstad.

The game stayed tied until the top of the fifth, when Wilson exploded for four runs. Kaysha Fox – who went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored – led off with a single and later scored on an error, while Granger had a run-scoring single and Madisynn Scott added a run-scoring groundout later to make it 6-2.

That would be enough support for Granger on the mound, who allowed two unearned runs on seven hits in seven innings, with one walk and five strikeouts. Granger also finished 3-for-4 at the plate, with a run scored and two RBIs.

The win gets the Rams a first-round bye at districts next Friday at Sprinker Recreation Center, as they will play their opening game at 6 p.m.

Bellarmine Prep, meanwhile, suffered a tough 10-9 loss in nine innings to South Kitsap to settle for the second seed to districts.

Tied 7-7 in the top of the ninth, Alyssa McKiernan’s single got past the Wolves’ left fielder, scoring Alexa Ostrander while McKiernan was able to circle the bases to make it 9-7. But South Kitsap quickly erased the deficit in the bottom half, as Kayla Clausen scored Mackenzie Bergstrom on a fielder’s choice, Hannah Spohn tied the game with a single to score Alissa Buss and Haley Romo delivered a walk-off single to score Spohn.

The Lions came back from a 5-3 deficit to take a 6-5 lead in the fourth, as Alex DeStephano had a sacrifice fly while Rachel Sorensen and Ashlynn Ota later had run-scoring singles. After the Wolves followed with two runs in the bottom half to retake the lead, the Lions tied it 7-7 in the fifth when Becca Sorensen reached on an infield single to score Ostrander, who had tripled. With the loss, the Lions will take on the seventh seed from the SPSL next Friday at 10 a.m. at Sprinker.

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