Waitsburg-Prescott out of playoffs after second mercy-rule loss

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YAKIMA - Waitsburg-Prescott got off to a better start in its second game at the WIAA Class 2B softball playoffs Friday, leaping out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but the result was much the same as W-P's earlier loss as a nine-run third inning led to a 13-3 loss to Warden.

The loss ends W-P's season at 15-7 and, although disappointed by the losses, W-P coach Angie Potts said the team accomplished what it set out to do - make state.

W-P's Heidi Miller was hit by a pitch and Rhiannon Chapman singled to put two runners on in the top of the second inning. Chapman advanced home thanks to a passed ball and Miller scored on an RBI single from Sam Moss to give W-P a 2-0 lead - its first of the day.

But the lead wasn't to last. Warden capitalized on a pair of errors to score three runs in the bottom of the inning and batted around the lineup in the fourth thanks to an eye-popping eight errors.

W-P answered with a run in the fourth, but was unable to stave off a mercy-rule ending thanks to a Warden run in the bottom of the inning.

Waitsburg-Prescott graduates just two seniors - catcher Dionna Baker and center fielder Hailey Goenen - and will look to make another run at state next season with six juniors returning from this season looking for a shot at the title.

Warden 13, Waitsburg-Prescott 3.

W-P 020 10 - 3 4 11

Warden 039 1X - 13 12 1

Nichols and Baker; Rodriguez and Hernandez.

HR - none.

Hits - Waitsburg-Prescott: Moss 2, Chapman, Miller; Warden: Gonsalez 2, Yamane 2, Rodriguez 1, Hernandez 2, Guerra 2, Platas 2, Deleon 2.

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