Moses Lake softball goes to tournament, fails to rank
YAKIMA – The Moses Lake High School Girls’ Softball Team competed in the 4A Washington Interscholastic Activities Association / Gesa Credit Union State Softball Tournament in Yakima over the weekend, but did not rank. among the top four.
The Chiefs’ first clash of the tournament was against Union High School on Friday at noon. Prior to the tournament, Union was ranked third and Moses Lake sixth. Only a small number of Chiefs fans traveled two hours to get to the tournament.
Moses Lake had a strong first inning, quickly taking a 4-0 lead over Union. Three Lady Chiefs even managed doubles. With Union at bat, Moses Lake knocked out the top three hitters without giving them a chance to score.
In the second run it wasn’t as exciting, but it was still a good race for the Lady Chiefs. They made three more runs, still preventing Union from scoring.
The third inning saw a home run hit by senior Rylie Sanchez. The home run also brought a run for junior Marissa Cohee, who was originally for senior Maddison Pitts. Those are the only two points for the Lady Chiefs this round, taking the lead to 9-0.
Union stepped up their game in the fourth inning, eventually getting three runs and preventing the Lady Chiefs from advancing. By the end of the fourth inning it was 9-3.
The fifth and final round was the most successful for the Lady Chiefs. They scored 11 points, taking their lead to over 10 and stopping the game at the end of the fifth inning instead of going to seven innings. Union failed to gain ground and the final score was 20-3.
Moses Lake junior Marissa Cohee received one of two sportsmanship medallions at the end of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association referee game. The other medallion was given to a Union player.
âWe played well; we hit well; we played a very good defense; our shots were good, âhead coach Mike Hofheins said after the game. âI told the girls we beat two other teams in this tournament. We’re as good as anyone if we play well, so we have to keep doing what we’re doing. I think we have a good shot.
Hofheins said most teams are good in their top five for hitting and running, but his team has the advantage of being good in the top 10. He said he had a great team overall because the players know the game and have had a lot to live with.
Later Friday afternoon, the Lady Chiefs suffered their first loss to Central Valley (Spokane), 7-24. Central Valley took second place in the tournament, after losing the championship game to Chiawana by one point.
On Saturday, Moses Lake faced Battle Ground in hopes of taking third or fourth place. Battle Ground beat the Lady Chiefs 17-16, ending the Lady Chiefs’ run and banning them from placing in the top four.
Hofheins said there was no ranking after fourth place so his team did not rank.