The Liberty Bell softball team advances to state play in Yakima this week, facing off against Pe Ell/Willapa Valley at 9 a.m. on Friday (May 26). The public is encouraged to come to the high school on Thursday (May 25) at 11 a.m. to help send the team off.
The Lady Lions played three back-to-back games under sunny skies at the regional tournament in Ephrata on Saturday (May 20), winning one and losing two.
Game #1 was a loss to Dayton High School, 11-4. “I honestly think the girls had a case of the nerves,” said Coach Lee Pilkinton. “They had a tough time defensively in the second inning with too many errors.”
But the first game had its highlights too. Devin Surface pitched a good game, striking out three players. Lauren Ochoa was at bat four times, with two hits and one run; likewise, Katie Labanauskas. And Hayley Dammann was at bat three times, with two hits.
In Game #2, Liberty Bell was victorious over Tonasket in five innings, 21-5. “The difference was zero errors in the second game,” said Pilkinton.
Ali Palm was at bat five times with four hits and four runs. Ochoa was up five times, getting three hits and two runs. Nadine Treise was up five times, with three runs and three times on base. Dammann was up four times, getting three runs, one hit and two walks. Surface pitched the whole game, with four strike outs, walking one.
Fatigue began setting in by the third game, as the afternoon temperatures rose into the mid-80s. Liberty Bell played Tri City Prep and, while they were defeated 14-8 in seven innings, perseverance got the Lady Lions into the state tournament.
In Game #3, Surface pitched five innings and Ochoa pitched the last two. “Both pitchers did really well in the third game,” Pilkinton said. Palm was up five times, with three hits, two runs and two stolen bases. Surface was at bat four times, with one run and two hits. Ochoa was up four times, scoring two runs and two hits. Treise went to bat four times, with one run and two hits.