LONG BEACH - Kyah Lien fired a one-hit shutout and Ilwaco pounded out eight hits in defeating Ocosta 10-0 in five innings Tuesday. The win evens the Lady Fishermen's record at 3-3 and is the first Southwest Washington League victory in four tries this season.
Coach Rick Bishop said of Lien's performance, "Kyah pitched great. She struck out seven, didn't walk a batter, and their base hit was the only ball they got out of the infield." Bishop also had praise for second baseman Carly Taylor, saying she had five assists and one putout.
Taylor and Lien walked in the first inning, moved up on a fielder's choice, and both scored on Lanie Kary's 2-RBI single to give Ilwaco all the runs they would need. In the third inning Tara Hankins and Taylor each singled and two walks and two errors helped the Lady Fishermen to three more tallies.
Ilwaco piled four more runs on the Lady Wildcats in the fourth frame on singles by Anna Kitzman, Heather Bartlett, Hankins, Courtney Gilgore, and Taylor. Needing one run to end the contest early via the 10-run mercy rule, the Lady Fishermen worked Ocosta pitching for four consecutive bases on balls in the bottom of the fifth.
"We left a lot of runners on base today, but most all of our players are hitting the ball now," Bishop explained. "If we continue to have all nine batters hit the ball and play solid defense we'll be OK," he concluded.
Ilwaco's softball team is off to their best start in their 11-year history.
Hurlbert (L) and Pooler; Lien (W, 3-3) and Kim Kubisiak