After being on the short end of some lopsided contests early in the season, the Stadium softball team broke out in a big way on April 2, using an eight-run second inning to earn a 16-6 win over Mount Tahoma at the Peck fields.
“It’s something they’ve been building up to,” said Stadium head coach Charlie Glenn of the offensive outburst. “They’ve just got to relax and loosen up a little bit. They’re starting to have some fun.”
It was the Thunderbirds that struck first with two runs in the top of the first, including a run-scoring single by Alejandra Barajas, who finished with two runs batted in. But Stadium tallied three runs in the bottom half, as Izzy Chapman earned a bases-loaded walk and Bre Woods followed with a groundout to score Adri Padilla to make it 3-2. The flood gates opened in the second, as the Tigers sent 13 batters to the plate and pulled away to an 11-2 lead. Catcher Kylie Spencer had a two-run triple in the frame, Woods added a two-run single and Trish Hallman and Kylie Lensegrav added run-scoring singles.
“Because they’re young, once they get rid of the nerves they get it fired up a little bit,” Glenn said of the big inning.
Barajas and Caylie Neziri cut it to 11-4 with run-scoring groundouts in the third, but the Thunderbirds could not make up any more ground. Sydney Rogers drilled a solo homer to right field in the third for Stadium, and Hallman – who finished 4-for-5 – added a solo homer in the fourth. Spencer finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs for Stadium, while Woods tallied four RBIs and Padilla was on base five times, finishing 2-for-2 with three runs scored and three walks. Senior catcher Bailee Larson was 2-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and a run batted in for Mount Tahoma.
Both teams will return to action on April 8, as Stadium hosts Yelm at Peck at 3:30 p.m. while Mount Tahoma takes on Foss at Heidelberg Park at 4 p.m.