Not 2B: Area softball teams end state tournament runs trophyless

Waitsburg-Prescott High School left fielder Sam Moss makes a diving out to end the 4th inning of play against DeSales High School on Sunday during the State 2B Softball Tournament in Yakima.  Waitsburg-Prescott went out of tournament play with a 5-1 loss to DeSales.

Waitsburg-Prescott High School left fielder Sam Moss makes a diving out to end the 4th inning of play against DeSales High School on Sunday during the State 2B Softball Tournament in Yakima. Waitsburg-Prescott went out of tournament play with a 5-1 loss to DeSales. Photo by Jeff Horner.


YAKIMA — DeSales, Dayton, and Waitsburg-Prescott all saw their postseason runs come to an end here at Gateway Park in the final day of the Class 2B state softball championship.

DeSales and Dayton both opened the day with wins to advance to the top eight in the state, but both were upended in their drive for a state trophy.

Waitsburg-Prescott dropped a 5-1 decision to DeSales in Sunday’s morning special and settled for a top 12 finish.

The Irish dropped a 9-4 decision to Adna following the win over W-P and were eliminated. Dayton pounded Asotin 17-3 before Napavine silenced the Bulldogs 8-1.


W-P got on the board first as Sam Moss singled with one out in the home first. Moss stole second and arrived at third following an errant pitch. Katy Hofer ripped a line drive that just escaped over the outstretched glove of Irish third baseman Ali Zander for a run-scoring single and W-P grabbed a 1-0 lead.

Jennifer Nichols, in the circle for W-P, made that run stand up by blanking DeSales through three on just two hits.

Irish coach Russ Vera met with his team before the top of the fourth and the momentum swung.

“I told them the game was not over yet,” Vera said. “(And) you know you can fight back.”

The Irish responded.

Allesyn Lyons reached on an error and Claire Conley picked her up with a run-scoring single. Bobbi Prior’s bunt single got another Irish run home. Teresa Acock knocked in the third run of the inning with a single to center and DeSales took a 3-1 lead.

W-P had no answer for Irish southpaw pitcher Ashlyn Lyons. Lyons, painting the outside corner, had a stretch in which she sent 13 consecutive W-P hitters down and struck out eight of those, before Samantha Fedderson broke the streak with a lead off infield single in the W-P sixth.

“We can complain about that pitch being outside, but he (the umpire) was consistent in the call,” W-P coach Angie Potts said. “We can’t complain. She (Lyons) has been hitting that location all year. It wasn’t a big surprise.”

Molli Lesko, Ashlyn and Allesyn Lyons all had hits to key a two-run seventh as the Irish put away the 5-1 win. Ashlyn Lyons finished with a complete game three-hitter while striking out 13.

“The fourth, with a couple of runs and a couple of errors, gave them momentum,” Potts said. “I’m not disappointed.”

For W-P, Nichols, Moss, Hofer, Rhiannon Chapman, Cynthia Zuniga, Samantha Henze, and Jessica Foxe all saw their W-P careers end here at the state tournament.

They leave behind a district championship and the run to the top 12 in state.

“The seniors as a group showed great leadership,” Potts said. “Not only in how they played, but in how they treated each other, and how they expected everybody to be a team.”


The Pirates got a Samantha Rolfe double to highlight a three-run first and grab a 3-0 lead. The Irish got one back in the third.

Down 3-1, Prior started the Irish fourth with a single. Ashlyn Lyons chipped in a double and the Irish came all the way back with a three-run fourth and grabbed a 4-3 lead.

But the Pirates lived up to their tradition of state excellence with an answer in the home fourth.

Back-to-back doubles by Josey Sandrini and Rachel De Leon led to a six-hit, six-run Pirate outburst and Adna retook the lead for good at 9-4 after four.

DeSales couldn’t get anything going as Rolfe came to the circle in relief to start the fifth, and blanked DeSales the rest of the way.

“They had a couple of mental mistakes that we capitalized on,” Vera said. “We ended up taking the lead. Then they hit the ball. Give them all the credit. We were emotionally drained and a little tired. We just couldn’t fight back. It was a long day.”

The Irish finish the tournament at 2-2 and in the top eight. For Zander, Prior, and Gabby Lizardi, leading the Irish to the top eight finish highlights their Irish careers.

“To go undefeated in league, take first at regionals, and come here and beat Napavine in the first game, we had a great season,” Vera said. “It’s just not the way we wanted to finish.”


The Bulldogs got off slowly with a 1-0 lead after one, but the Panthers never knew what hit them in the second inning.

Dayton scored 14 times in the second and coasted home to earn a battle with Napavine.

The Bulldogs enacted the 10-run rule with a 17 run, 21 hit explosion.

Eight different Bulldogs had multiple hit games to lead Dayton to the 17-3 win. Jessica Tate with four hits led the hit parade. Sarah Phillips, Sam Harting, and McKayla Bickelhaupt chipped in three hits each. Malia Frame, Lexus Ward, Kellie Moore, and Caitlyn Robins each had two hits.


The Tigers played long ball to eliminate Dayton from the tournament.

A leadoff double by Harting started the Bulldog second. Ward singled home Harting and the Bulldogs led 1-0 after two.

Napavine struck in the third against a tiring Harting in the circle for Dayton. Teryn Pannette started it with a double, and just as Harting looked to stop the bleeding with only two runs being scored, up stepped Karlee Bornstein with two on and two out. Bornstein lost one over the left field fence and the Tigers were up 5-1.

Singles by Frame, two by Harting, and one from Samii Bledsoe were the only offense Dayton got the rest of the way off Mackenzie Olson in the Napavine circle.

The Tigers went yard again in the sixth as Ratanna Griffith lifted a two-run shot to center and Napavine moved on with the 8-1 win.

“Sammy ran out of gas,” Bulldog coach Terry Robins said of Harting, who started both games. “The two home runs got us. That’s alright. We had a great week end and we’re going home with smiles on our faces. We’ve gone home 2-2 for the last three years.”

Seniors Harting, Bickelhaupt, Tate, and Frame all played instrumental roles in the Bulldog run that included the nine-inning loss to eventual state champion Toutle Lake on Saturday.

“My seniors will really be missed,” Robins said. “We’ve got four great ball players that are the core of the team. We have a good nucleus of (returning) kids that will play. We will be strong, but probably not as strong as this year’s team.”


DeSales 000 300 2 — 5 9 0

W-P 100 000 0 — 1 3 3

Ash. Lyons and Postlewait; Nichols and Brannock.

Hits — DeS: Lesko 2, Acock 2, Conley, Prior, Postlewait, Ash. Lyons, All. Lyons; W-P: Moss, Hofer, Fedderson.


DeSales 001 300 0 — 4 6 7

Adna 300 600 x — 9 13 2

Ash. Lyons and Postlewait; Massingham, Rolfe (5) and Brattain.

Hits — DeS: Lesko, Ash. Lyons 3, Postlewait, Prior; Adna: Gilbertson, Brattain 2, Rolfe 2, Dotson 2, Bond 2, Sandrini 2, De Leon, Massingham.


Dayton 1(14)0 20 — 17 21 0

Asotin 000 12 — 3 5 3

Harting, Ward (3) and Bickelhaupt, Phillips (3); Mullins, Macy (5) and Bosley.

Hits — Day: Phillips 3, Frame 2, Tate 4, Harting 3, Bickelhaupt 3, Ward 2, Moore 2, Robins 2; Aso: Nicholas, Mullins, Maines, Macy, Hurst.


Napa 005 002 1 — 8 8 0

Day 010 000 0 — 1 6 1

Olson and Bornstein; Harting, Ward (4) and Bickelhaupt, Phillips (4).

HR — Napa: Bornstein, Griffith.

Hits — Napa: Pannette 2, Atkins, Sahlinger 2, Olson, Bornstein, Griffith; Day: Harting 3, Ward, Frame, Bledsoe.


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