BREMERTON — The Comets overthrew Quilcene as District champions, beating last year’s state runner-up as Kylee Tarabochia and Hollie Haataia each hit home runs and Brynn Tarabochia had a huge day on the mound and at the plate, striking out ten batters and racking up three hits. Both teams advanced to state.

Kylee Tarabochia went deep in the fifth inning, and Haataia punctuated the victory with a grand slam in the sixth. Brynn threw 107 pitches in six innings against the Sea-Tac League champs, scattering seven hits.

Peyton Dalton led off the game with a single to center off Kayla Ward, and Brynn Tarabochia followed with a double to deep left, leading to a two-run inning. Quilcene also had its first two batters reach, but Tarabochia picked Lauren McCarthy off second, then struck out Natalie Coffey and Marissa Kieffer to end the threat.

Lily Harman’s RBI triple down the third-base line capped a four-run second, all the runs coming after there were two out and nobody on. In the bottom of the inning, Tarabochia walked the first two batters, but struck out the next two and again escaped the jam with a 6-0 lead.

Coffey took the mound in relief of Ward in the third. In the fourth, Taylor Gudmundsen hit a hard ground ball through the left side of the infield that rolled all the way to the fence for a two-run double, making it 10-1.

Tarabochia and Haataia in the sixth and seventh put the finishing touches on the district title.

Naselle and Quilcene both advanced to state. Both had their Thursday district semifinal games cancelled due to field conditions. Because all four teams in semifinals were already qualified for state, the district sent the top two seeds straight on to district finals rather than reschedule.

The State 1B softball tournament will take place in Yakima Friday and Saturday May 24-25. Naselle will play Inchellum in quarterfinals at 1 p.m.

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

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