By Mike Maltais
Junior Baylee Canedo’s over-the-fence home run and strong pitching by junior Kelsey Baldwin highlighted an offensive and defensive juggernaut that overran Tonasket, 19-6, and Bridgeport, 16-1 and 19-4, in softball action at Liberty Bell High School last week.
The Tigers did not have the requisite speed and accuracy from the pitcher’s mound to counteract the hitting talent that the Lady Lions brought to the plate. Liberty Bell got off to a fast start with five runs in the first inning and four in the second to put a 9-0 margin between themselves and the Tigers.
A five-run rally in the third inning kept Tonasket from being early mercy rule victims and the teams entered the fourth inning with Liberty Bell up 10-5.
Tonasket’s pitcher then hit the first three Lady Lions’ batters to load the bases in the fourth inning that ended in another four runs for the home team.
“Everyone was hitting,” said coach Lee Pilkinton.
Along with Canedo, a couple of standouts at the place were Katherine Tannehill and Julie McMillan, who both hit 2-5.
Bridgeport falls twice
The score of the first game of the Bridgeport double-header was 24-1, Lady Lions, before officials realized that the contest had somewhat exceeded the 10-point mercy rule. Liberty Bell won the second game, 19-4.
Bridgeport was never able to find the handle on a rally that would allow them to seriously challenge their host.
Canedo, with a stand-up triple that knocked in three runs with bases loaded, led a string of impressive hitters including Baldwin, 2-4, Korrie Perryman, 3-5 with two doubles, and rookie Lauren Ochoa, 3-4.
“Everyone hit,” Pilkinton said, and that gave the coach room to put some new faces into the lineup including Devin Surface and Janie McMillan.
The Lady Lions can rest until Tuesday (April 22) when they host league rival Lake Roosevelt at 4 p.m.