MARANA, Ariz. - Milton-Freewater's Junior All-Star softball team had not trouble in its first game at the West Regional tournament here Thursday evening, handing Waialua, Hawaii, an 18-0 thumping.
Milton-Freewater next plays at 9 a.m. Saturday against the winner of the Washington-Northern California game at 5 p.m. today.
Many of the M-F All-Stars got held up on flights to the tournament, arriving at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, M-F manager Lance Bullock said. He had those players sleep during morning practice.
"We had no chance to warm up, and we couldn't tell how they were going to compete," Bullock said. "The entire team was nervous, but once they got on the field they were ready to go. It was an amazing game."
Milton-Freewater's Stefanie Copeland pitched four innings, recording six strikeouts and giving up two hits. She also was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.
Taylor Entze pitched the fifth and final inning, striking out two of the three Hawaii batters she faced.
Also at the plate for M-F, Brooke Kralman was 3-for-4 with four RBI, and Nicole Hendley was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Katie Woodhall was 2-for-3, with two triples.
Milton-Freewater had 15 hits, and Hawaii booted four errors, in the mercy-rule-shortened game.
We played extremely good defensively," Bullock said, noting M-F has given up just two runs in the last eight games.
Milton-Freewater practiced this morning, and will watch the Washington-Northern California game this evening in preparation of Saturday's game.
The winner of the West Regional advances to the World Series in Kirkland, Wash., beginning Aug. 15.
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