LONG BEACH — Ilwaco needed just three innings to upset North Beach 22-4 on May 1.
Gracie Barnett got Ilwaco off to a strong start, holding North Beach scoreless in the first inning. Azalie Bahrt led off the Ilwaco first with a line drive to right field, headed for third as the throw was being cut off, rounded third and beat the relay home for an inside-the-park homerun. Barnett scored on a wild pitch, knocking the ball out of the pitcher’s glove at home plate, putting Ilwaco in control early with a 2-0 lead.
After that, North Beach couldn’t find the strike zone. Three pitchers combined to walk 17 batters and hit five in two innings in the drizzling rain that made the ball difficult to grip.
The Hyaks forced in six straight runs in the first to make it 8-0. Facing a new pitcher, Katie Glasson ripped a liner to the right of the third baseman for a two-run single to make it 10-0.
Barnett allowed four walks in the second but struck out the side, finishing hitters off high and inside. With two outs, two runs in and the bases loaded, she ended any suspense in the game by getting a strikeout on a high fastball.
Thirteen of 14 Ilwaco hitters walked or were hit during one stretch in the second inning. The Fishermen scored twelve in the inning and led 22-2.
In the third, the Hyaks scored two more runs, but Barnett again struck out the side.
IHS win 2 vs. SB
LONG BEACH — The Fishermen beat South Bend 15-4 and 17-1 in a double-header.
Taylor Adams smashed a base hit to right and took third when the ball got behind the right fielder. The hit brought in two runs, capping a five-run first inning.
In the second, Alicia Bravo’s two-run single made it 8-0. Shortly afterward, Bravo took off from third on the catcher’s throw to the mound and knocked the ball loose on the return throw to the plate, for a steal of home and a 9-0 lead.
Ariana Bell held the Indians to two hits, striking out eight. She closed out the 15-4 win with a spectacular diving catch of a popup all the way at the first base line.
Brittany Bennett went 3 for 3 with a walk. Asu Herrera-Sanchez was 2 for 4. The game went five innings.
Ilwaco scored 12 runs in the second and Gracie Barnett was in command on the mound as Ilwaco took the nightcap 17-1 in three innings.
Barnett struck out five batters in three innings, getting her high fastball by Indians hitters. She also fielded three tappers back to the mound, and so had a hand in eight of the nine outs. Barnett walked only one and hit two batters while allowing two hits.
Brooke Morgan singled in two runs for a 3-0 lead in the first, and later came around to score. In the second, Katie Glasson tripled into the gap, driving in three runs, and scored on an error on the play to make it 10-0.
With the wins, the Fishermen wrapped up third place in the five-team Pacific League, finishing 5-4. They will try to schedule more non-league games before Districts begin May 15.