Bell, Glasson are stars in post-season play

By AARON MEAD

amead@chinookobserver.com

CENTRALIA — Onalaska beat Ilwaco 16-0 on May 18 at Districts, knocking the Fishermen out of the double-elimination tournament. Alicia Vint went 4 for 4 with a triple for the Loggers. Katie Glasson had Ilwaco’s only hit in the game, which went four innings.

Ilwaco pitcher Ariana Bell had the Loggers off-balance at times with her change-up. In bottom of the first inning, she repeatedly got soft ground balls. However, four first-inning errors by the Fishermen ended any hope of a competitive game against the favored Loggers, who also got two line-drive singles from Vint in the inning. Bell also threw several wild pitches in the inning. But she kept her composure and battled on, freezing Karsen Morris with a pitch at the knees for a strikeout. However, Onalaska led 8-0 after one.

“I thought [Bell] pitched her best I’ve seen,” Ilwaco coach Randy Bloom said. “She showed heart. We had four errors in the first inning, but she’s a cool hand… nothing bothers her.”

In the second, Bell hit the leadoff batter but came back to get the next three hitters for a scoreless inning.

Vint’s RBI triple in the third started a two-out, four run rally. The Loggers had three hits in the inning and benefited from two more Ilwaco errors. In the fourth, Kasey Hoyt’s two-run single made it 16-0, bringing the game to an end due to the 15-run lead rule.

Glasson singled to left in her only at bat. Glasson’s graceful swing was a bright spot for Ilwaco in the playoffs, as she showed her ability to drive tough, low pitches. Glasson belted a double and sacrifice fly in a first-round loss to Toledo.

“She has good eye-hand coordination and she makes contact,” Bloom said. “She has a tendency to drop her shoulder. If we fix that, she has great potential as a line drive hitter. She’s only a freshman. She can be one of the great hitters we’ve had.”

Bloom said several sicknesses on Ilwaco’s roster forced him to put players at new positions, including Gracie Barnett at catcher. Barnett chased down a would-be wild pitch and got the ball quickly to Bell, who tagged the runner just before she could score.

“Gracie did well. She has the potential to be a starting catcher,” Bloom said.

Bloom said his young core needs to get more playing time in; like everyone, he hopes for better weather next year. “It affected everyone in the region the same way, but it did hurt us,” he said.

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