LONG BEACH — The Fishermen got their first two wins of the season on April 15, sweeping a double header against Chief Leschi. The Warriors struggled badly to field and throw, and Ilwaco outscored them 30-0 over six innings. The games were played with a six-run mercy rule for each inning, and each game came to an end when Ilwaco took a 15-run lead in the third.
The Fishermen scored their six runs in the first inning without making an out. They became very aggressive on the bases as the Warriors’ fielding difficulties became apparent. In the second inning, Elizabeth Pattison scored from second on a wild pitch. Ariana Bell scored from third on the catcher’s throw back to the pitcher. Ilwaco scored six runs in the inning while making only one out.
In the third inning, Bell hit a ball over the head of the center fielder and sprinted around the bases for a three-run home run, which ended the game. Bell got the win as Ilwaco’s pitcher for the first game.
The second game was more of the same. Elizabeth Pattison led off the bottom of the first for Ilwaco by striking out. She started back to the dugout, but teammates saw that the catcher had dropped the ball and urged Pattison to take off for first. She did, and the catcher’s throw was wild. The right fielder’s throw back in was also errant, and Pattison ended up scoring on the play.
The Fishermen never looked back. Bre Kondos homered in the second inning and was a triple away from the cycle. Caitlin Derrey was the winning pitcher, striking out six batters, and had two hits.
WESTPORT — Unbeaten Ocosta thwarted an early upset bid by Ilwaco, breaking open a 6-4 game with 14 runs in the final two innings to win 20-4 on April 14. Though it was officially an Ilwaco home game, the game was played at Westport due to field conditions in Long Beach.
Pitcher Gracie Barnett kept Ilwaco in the game for much of the afternoon. A very young Fishermen team remained winless but showed improvement. “The score may not show it, but it was our best game of the year,” said Ilwaco coach Randy Bloom.
Eighth grader Gracie Barnett struck out Katy Campos leading off the Ocosta first. Catcher Bre Kondos threw out Wildcats star Erika Snider stealing to end the Ocosta first. Jen Navarre drove in two runs with a first inning hit to put Ilwaco ahead. Ilwaco led 2-1 after one.
Ocosta scored four runs in the second inning. Barnett struck out two more batters during the inning and induced a pop-up to Kondos, but walked two and hit two batters. Ilwaco scored two in the second, and Ocosta led only 5-4 after two. In the third Barnett faced only four batters, but Ocosta scored another run to make it 6-4. Ilwaco got three hits in the bottom half but could not score.
Kaylee Barnum led off the fourth for Ocosta with a home run to left field, her eighth of the season. Ilwaco errors helped Ocosta score four more runs in the inning. In the fifth inning Ocosta added nine more.
“In the fifth the Ocosta hitters caught up to [Barnett],” said Bloom. Overall, “Grace has shown great strides on the mound and pitched her best game of the year. She showed a lot of composure on the mound for as young as she is.”
Elizabeth Pattison went two for three with a single and double for Ilwaco. For Ocosta Erika Snider and Kristi Raffelson were each two for three. With the homerun, Barnum has 25 extra base hits in 34 at bats this year. She went one for three and was hit twice.
Oakville 23, IHS 8
Oakville — The Oakville Acorns scored 13 runs in the first inning, on their way to a 23-8 home softball win over Ilwaco in four innings on April 12. The Fishermen took advantage of walks and hit batters to score four runs in the first and four in the second.