KALAMA - "In many ways this was our best game of the year," Coach Rick Bishop said after his softball team had taken a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning over Kalama there Friday. However, the Lady Chinooks took advantage of "three out of the blue errors at inopportune times" to come back for a 7-6 Trico League win to end the regular season for both teams.
Aimee Banuet got things started for the Lady Fishermen in the first inning when she led off with a triple. Sydney Ward worked a walk and after she stole second Ashley Tapio wrapped a two-run single. In the third frame Alexa Wirkkala manufactured a run with a single, stolen base, Kady Kirby fielder's choice, and wild pitch.
Ilwaco took the lead in the fourth frame when consecutive singles by Elleigh Kaino, Erin Kelly, and Banuet produced one run. A throwing error on an attempted pickoff plated two more. Later in the inning with the bases loaded Kelsey Madsen lined a shot to the Kalama left fielder, but she made a shoestring catch to end the rally. "If that ball had gotten by we would have had at least three more runs," Bishop explained.
Although Ilwaco dropped the contest to finish 5-10 in league play, Stevenson lost 2-1 and 3-2 decisions to LaCenter to hand the Lady Fishermen fourth place in the Trico. Both have 5-10 records, but Ilwaco won the season series 2-1. Ilwaco will host Rainier, the Evergreen number five team, in a pigtail game Monday, with the winner playing Onalaska at 10 a.m. in Centralia Wednesday in the first round of the District IV tournament at Fort Borst Park.