Local softball players help keep Explosion alive

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Washington Explosion dropped their first game Thursday, but came back for a win to stay alive here at the American Softball Association national tournament.

They lost to the Georgia Crusade, 4-0.

The Crusade posted all four runs in their first two innings under Explosion pitcher Kellin Davis.

Wa-Hi's Hope Klicker relieved Davis and kept the Crusade scoreless.

The Explosion posted four hits. Hanford's Remy Bradley had two and Klicker, Richland's Sydney Cjeka and Chelan's Mae Larimer had one each.

After the loss, the Explosion had to play a midnight game, and their first in the loser's bracket, against the So-Cal Hurricanes. The Explosion won, 7-0.

"We finally put hits together when we have runners on," said Explosion coach Jay Fox.

Fox mixed up the lineup and said that helped with scoring.

Kamiakin's Lindsey Kamphius pitched the complete game, and Jess Miracle, also from Kamiakin, caught.

The Explosion had five hits in the win. Bradley posted two, and Cjeka, Kamphius, Miracle and Wa-Hi's Libbie Jimenez and Kensey Hill each posted one.

Miracle's was a bases-loaded triple for three runs, and Klicker had a sac-fly for an RBI.

With the win, the girls played the Oregon Comets this morning. A win would keep them alive for a 4:30 p.m. CDT game today, and a win then would have them play again at 8:30 p.m.

The girls got back from the win over the Hurricanes at about 2:45 a.m., said parent Mike Jimenez.

"I hope it's a long day for them," he said.

With a loss, the Explosion's tournament is over.

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