Prep Softball Roundup: One bad Aberdeen inning in loss to Tumwater

Aberdeen dropped to second place in the 2A EvCo while Elma defeated Hoquiam in a close 1A Evergreen League game as we preview Friday’s Twin Harbors preseason softball games.

SOFTBALL PREPARATION

Tumwater 5, Aberdeen 0

In games with quality pitching, every error is magnified.

For the Aberdeen Bobcats, a series of errors in one disastrous inning proved to be the difference in a 5-0 loss to Tumwater in the first-place game on Friday at the Bishop Athletic Complex in Aberdeen.

The Bobcats (6-2 overall, 3-1 2A Evergreen) and Thunderbirds (7-1, 3-0) went scoreless as two of Aberdeen’s top Class 2A pitchers, junior Lilly Camp and Tumwater junior Ella Ferguson, pitched. to outs through the first three innings.

RYAN SPARKS |  THE DAILY WORLD Aberdeen's Scotlyn Lecomte is beaten by a pitch during Friday's 5-0 loss to Tumwater in Aberdeen.

RYAN SPARKS | THE DAILY WORLD Aberdeen’s Scotlyn Lecomte is beaten by a pitch during Friday’s 5-0 loss to Tumwater in Aberdeen.

But in the top of the fourth inning, the Bobcats’ bad luck led to a big inning for the Thunderbirds.

A walk to Jaime Haase followed by a single by Marissa La Prai and an error on a bunt by Avery Sugg loaded the bases with no outs.

Elizabeth McCartney singled to right field to score Haas’ first run of the game.

Chloe Foos walked the bases to make it a 2-0 game, and after a hit by Aberdeen third baseman Britten Neal, she slowed at home, another bases-loaded walk to Erika Schock forced in the T-Birds. the third run of the frame.

Neal threw out another runner at home on the second out of the inning, giving Aberdeen a chance to get out of the frame without further damage. But an error on Ferguson’s ground ball allowed two runs to score, putting Tumwater up 5-0.

The Thunderbirds scored five runs on three walks, two errors and just one hit in the fourth.

“As far as the Tumwater hitters go, not one of them drove the ball into the outfield,” Aberdeen head coach Jimmy McDaniel said of the inning. “We kept the ball in play and did what we wanted to do, we just didn’t go one inning and that’s a tough one.

RYAN SPARKS |  DAILY WORLD Tumwater pitcher Ella Ferguson held Aberdeen scoreless on two hits in the Bobcats' 5-0 loss Friday at the Bishop Athletic Complex in Aberdeen.

RYAN SPARKS | DAILY WORLD Tumwater pitcher Ella Ferguson held Aberdeen scoreless on two hits in the Bobcats’ 5-0 loss Friday at the Bishop Athletic Complex in Aberdeen.

That was more than enough run support for Ferguson as Combat University of Nevada held the red-hot Aberdeen club to just two hits and scored 15.

Aberdeen infielder Scotlyn Lecomte and first baseman Annika Hollingsworth each had one hit to lead the Bobcats.

Hollingsworth entered the circle in the fifth inning and allowed no runs on two hits with three strikeouts over the final three innings.

With the loss, Aberdeen is now a half game behind Tumwater in the race for first place in the 2A Evergreen Conference.

RYAN SPARKS |  DAILY WORLD Aberdeen senior pitcher Annika Hollingsworth pitched three scoreless innings in Aberdeen's 5-0 loss to Tumwater on Friday.

RYAN SPARKS | DAILY WORLD Aberdeen senior pitcher Annika Hollingsworth pitched three scoreless innings in Aberdeen’s 5-0 loss to Tumwater on Friday.

After the game, McDaniel said his conversation with his team focused on minimizing mistakes against a major league pitcher like Ferguson.

“The thing that we touched on with the team was that it was about that one inside. You X that inning out, it’s a 0-0 ball game,” he said. “We’ve talked a lot about controlling controllables. We can control it, but when those things happen, we have to pick ourselves up mentally because we let it escalate.”

McDaniel added that he discussed the potential for the near future, which includes two more cracks as Thunderbirds.

“Our mindset is one game at a time. … There’s still a lot of season left to play,” he said. “As long as we learn from today’s game and build from it, we’ll be fine.”

SUBMITTED PHOTO Aberdeen's Laynie Yakovich, center, was honored for recording the 100th hit of her prep career Friday in Aberdeen.  Yakovich reached the milestone during the March 16 game against Hoquiam and is flanked by her mother, Haley, and sister, Alyssa.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Aberdeen’s Laynie Yakovich, center, was honored for recording the 100th hit of her prep career Friday in Aberdeen. Yakovich reached the milestone during the March 16 game against Hoquiam and is flanked by her mother, Haley, and sister, Alyssa.

Aberdeen honored outfielder Laynie Yakovich during the game, who collected her 100th career hit in a March 16 win over Hoquiam.

Aberdeen will host Centralia on Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m.

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WP: Ferguson (7 IP, 0R, 2H, 15K, 3BB). LP: Camp (4 IP, 5R, 3ER, 4H, 5K, 3BB).

Leading hitters: Tumwater-La Praim (2-4, R); McCartney (2-3, R, RBI); Schock (2-2, R, RBI). Aberdeen-Hollingsworth (1-2, BB); Lecomte (1-2).

Elma 6, Hoquiam 5

Elma built a sizable lead before holding off a late Hoquiam rally for a 6-5 win Friday in Elma.

The Eagles (3-1, 1-0 1A Evergreen) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first on a double by center fielder Mia Monroe to score Raelynn Weld and an RBI single off the bat of first baseman Callie Galligan.

Galligan drove in Monroe in the second half of the game with a fielder’s choice in the third to give Elma a 3-0 lead.

The Eagles extended their lead to 6-0 with a three-run fifth, highlighted by Aubree Simmons’ double and Aaleigh Weld’s RBI single.

Hoquiam (1-7, 0-1) rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth, highlighted by a Faith Prosch RBI single followed by a two-run double off the bat of first baseman Avery Howard.

The Grizzlies cut the deficit to one run on Lexi LaBounty’s two-out double to score left fielder Mya Standstipher to make it a 6-5 game.

With LaBounty representing the tying run at second, Elma starting pitcher Ashlynn Weld got Prosch to fly out to Monroe in center to end the game.

“We’ve been preparing for the game all week and we finally got a chance to take the field against Hoquiam,” said Elma head coach Ashley Stancil, whose team had to deal with rain earlier in the week. “The way this group enjoys all the little things is what will make this season so special. Second chances are what helped us win today. We have a lot of room to grow with great potential and great executives to get us where we want to be.”

Monroe, Raelynn Weld and Chloey Donais each had two hits to lead the Eagles, who had 11 hits in the game.

Freshman Ashlynn Weld got the win, allowing five runs — three earned — on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in the complete-game win.

Hoquiam was led by Howard, LaBounty, Prosch and Standstipher with one hit apiece.

Kayte Sauer took the loss for the Grizzlies, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits with a walk and a strikeout in six innings pitched.

Elma plays Black Hills on Monday, April 8 at 4 p.m.

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WP: Ash. Weld (7 IP, 5R, 3ER, 4H, 6K, 5BB). LP: Sauer (6 IP, 6R, 6ER, 11H, K, BB).

Leading hitters: Hoquiam–Howard (1-3, 2G, 2RBI); LaBounty (1-4, 2B, R, RBI); Prosch (1-4, R, RBI); Standstipher (1-4, R) . Elma–Monroe (2-4, 2B, 2R, RBI); R. Weld (2-4, R); Donais (2-3); Simmons (1-3, 2G, R, 2RBI); Galligan (1-3, 2RBI).

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