"Oh, those bases-on balls," was the lament of Ilwaco softball coach Rick Bishop last Monday, when his team was defeated 18-10 by Astoria at home. In the first three innings Astoria received 12 free passes and every girl who walked scored.
In the top of the first inning, Astoria took a 4-0 lead, but Ilwaco came right back to score two in the bottom of the inning on a base hit from Carley Taylor, Kitzman's double and a single from Garrett.
The Lady Fishermen trailed by 14 runs, 16-2, going into the bottom of the third inning but rallied for 7 runs. Jessica Johnson doubled, and singles from Cody Jenkins, Ashley Kitzman, Ashley Garrett, Maija Pederson, Heather Bartlett and Brianna Smith drew Ilwaco to within 7.
In the final two innings, Astoria hung on to their big lead and came away with the win. Both teams committed only one error apiece.
Bartlett, who was the starting pitcher for IHS, gave up only three hits as she pitched the first three innings. Garrett pitched in relief the final two innings, walking none, striking out one and giving up four hits.
"We are giving different pitchers a chance to get some experience," coach Bishop said.
Astoria pitchers gave up only 1 walk while striking out 7. For the game, Ilwaco out-hit Astoria 9 to 7. The Lady Fishermen are now 1-1 on the season.
The junior varsity fell to Astoria 14-3. Tara Hankins doubled, and Anna Kitzman singled for the home team. Rachel Zimmerman pitched well, and Amber Stanley played well defensively, according to coach Randy Bloom.
Astoria 457 20 18-7-1
Ilwaco 207 01 10-9-1
Bartlett (L 0-1), Garrett (4) and Jenkins; Silva (W), Gallegos (3) and Russell