LA CENTER — The Lady Wildcats’ bats were hot as they pounded out 39 hits to outscore Ilwaco 14-4 and 15-1 in a pair of Trico 1A League softball games in La Center April 23. Both contests were shortened to six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

The Lady Fishermen had a 2-1 lead midway through the first game of the doubleheader, but then La Center exploded for 13 runs in the next three innings to end the game when they reached a 10-run advantage. The second contest the Lady Wildcats were ahead 3-1 after three innings, but then piled up 12 runs over the last three frames to again win in six innings by mercy rule.

In the opener Hannah Liles slammed a two-run home run for the Lady Fishermen, her first round-tripper of the year and she knocked in Rachel Thrasher who had singled ahead of her. In the sixth inning Ilwaco wouldn’t give up as they scored twice more. First Liles was hit by a pitch then Megan Clark smacked one of her two base hits. Jennifer Navarre’s single plated Liles and Natalie Tapio’s sacrifice fly knocked in Clark to close the gap to 8-4. Darian Johnson and Jackie Smith also singled in the first contest for Ilwaco.

In the second game the Lady Wildcats clawed their way to a 3-0 lead. The Lady Fishermen answered with a run in the third on a Liles single. She moved to second on Clark’s sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice by Makenzie Dalton. Liles scored on a solid single from Bre Kondos, but Ilwaco would get no closer. Smith produced the Lady Fishermen’s only other hit in the fray.

In the nightcap Brittany Olson pitched in the sixth inning and Liles finished up by throwing one pitch for the final out.

Ilwaco is 2-8 in league play and 2-9 for the year. The Lady Fishermen are tied with Castle Rock for sixth place in the Trico League.

Ilwaco 000 202 --4 6 6

La Center 010 526 --14 21 1

Megan Clark (L) and Makenzie Dalton; Emily Muffett (W) and Samantha Zumstein

HR—Hannah Liles, Ilwaco

La Center 012 336 --15 18 1

Ilwaco 001 000 --1 3 6

Muffett (W) and Zumstein; Clark (L), Brittany Olson (6), Liles (6) and Dalton

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