NASELLE — Ilwaco made a six-run fourth-inning comeback, but Naselle answered with ten in the bottom of the inning to win 17-7 in the teams’ Friday, March 29 softball matchup. The Comets had six extra-base hits, including a pair of triples to deep center by Hollie Haataia. For Ilwaco, Gracie Barnett doubled, and Emma Brundage had two hits.

Lily Harman scored on a double-steal with Courtney Paul during Naselle’s two-run first inning. Haataia and Kylee Tarabochia each tripled during a two-run second that made it 4-0. Hailey Weston drove in two more in the third with a line-drive through the left side, and eventually came around for a 7-1 lead.

Ilwaco tied it up in the fourth. Jaymie Patana followed a leadoff walk to Arianna Bell with a line drive single, only Ilwaco’s second hit of the game off Brynn Tarabochia. Kaytlenn Whelden followed with an infield single, and Gracie Barnett was hit by a pitch to force in a run, making it 7-2, still with nobody out.

Tarabochia regained her control. She got Asu Herrera-Sanchez to tap back to the mound for a force-out at the plate. Jaymi Kemmer followed with an identical grounder, but this time Tarabochia’s throw home took Haataia slightly off home plate, allowing Whelden to score. With two outs, Hannah Hines drove in Brundage for the tying run. Bell then grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

Tarabochia led off the bottom of the inning with a single up the middle. Peyton Dalton followed with a ground-rule double. Four batters later, Haataia hit a 3-1 pitch to deep center for a one-out, two-RBI triple. Taylor Gudmundsen doubled her in to make it 12-7. With two outs in the inning, Ilwaco’s fielding began to falter, repeatedly extending the inning, and the Comets ended up with ten runs.

Hailey Weston’s diving stop on a Herrera-Sanchez line drive way to her right at third ended the game.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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