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SPORTS: Port Angeles softball swept away at state

SELAH — The Port Angeles softball team had a short stay at the Class 2A state tournament.

Missing pieces from its starting lineup, including injured senior outfielder Sheri Adams, Port Angeles was eliminated after two games Friday at Carlon Park.

The Roughriders fell to Othello 15-4 in the first round before being sent home with a brutal 6-5 loss to Lynden that saw them surrender a one-run lead in the final inning.

“We’re not accustomed to that,” Port Angeles coach Buddy Bear said of the two-game exit. “We always want to try to get a win at state.

“To get here. . . we’re OK with that. But you actually do want to get a win.”

Port Angeles (19-5 overall) qualified for state for just the second time in school history after taking third at the 2A bi-district tournament last weekend.

Those wins proved to be costly, however, as the Riders lost Adams to a concussion in one of the games after she collided with shortstop Mariah Frazier.

The Riders and starting pitcher Stacy Webb were hit hard in the opening round loss to Othello.

Huskies power hitter Alyssa Martinez belted two home runs on her way to a six-RBI day, and Webb was chased off the mound by the fifth inning.

Port Angeles fielding mistakes, including three errors in a six-run first inning, hurt as well. Meanwhile, the Rider bats stranded 12 runners in the loss.

“We just couldn’t push them in,” Bear said.

Webb went all seven innings against Lynden.

She had a 4-3 lead going into the final frame thanks to a four-run fourth inning that included her own two-run double.

But the Lions responded with three two-out singles and a walk as part of a three-run seventh-inning rally that was ultimately the difference.

Lynden finished with 13 hits total, all singles, against Webb, who struck out six and only walked two in the loss.

“They just knew how to put the ball in play and go,” Bear said. “That’s the name of the game right there.”

Catcher Hannah Wahto was 4-for-7 on the day.

Kelsey Hinsdale had four hits in eight at bats and scored three runs, drove in two and bashed a double, while Katie Loghry was 3-for-3 in the first game against Othello with two doubles and two RBIs.

Loghry, Webb, Hinsdale and Adams all graduate this spring, having been a part of the school’s only two softball teams to reach state.

“Our seniors have done a great job,” Bear said. “They’ve all contributed.

“They’ve been with me through the last couple of years, and I’m very proud of them. They’ve helped build a path to the future for these other girls.”

Othello 15, Port Angeles 4

Othello 6 1 1 3 0 0 4 ­— 15 18 0

Port Angeles 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 — 4 8 5

WP- Bullis; LP- Webb (15-4)

Pitching Statistics

Othello: Bullis 7IP, 2K.

Team: Webb 4IP, 11R, 15H, 3K, 2BB; Curtis 3IP, 4R, 3H, K, 2BB.

Hitting Statistics

Othello: Alyssa Martinez 4-4 (6RBI, 3R, 2 HR).

Port Angeles: Loghry 3-3 (2 2B, 2RBI); Hinsdale 2-4 (2R); Wahto 1-3; Webb 1-1; Drake 1-4.

Lynden 6, Port Angeles 5

Lynden 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 ­— 6 13 1

Port Angeles 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 — 5 11 1

WP- Visser; LP- Webb (15-5)

Pitching Statistics

Lynden: Visser 7IP, 5R, 11H, 6K, 2BB.

Port Angeles: Webb 7IP, 6R, 13H, 6K, 2BB.

Hitting Statistics

Lynden: Visser 2-4; Lomas 2-4; Gunst 2-3 (R).

Port Angeles: Wahto 3-4 (R); Hinsdale 2-4 (2RBI, R, 2B); Webb 1-3 (2B, 2RBI).

Quilcene at state

YAKIMA — The Quilcene Rangers went two-and-out at the Class 1B softball championships at Gateway Sports Complex on Friday.

Selkirk, which ended up taking fourth place, beat the Rangers 16-5 in the first round.

In the consolation quarterfinals, Sunnyside Christian defeated the Rangers 13-3.

Colton captured the state title, beating Almira/Coulee-Hartline 10-8.

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