Rip City 14A team battles into second
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Rip City Softball ripped through almost all the competition en route to a second-place finish at the ASA 14A Regional Championship tournament July 21-23.
The team went 6-2 on the weekend, including four back-to-back games on July 23 in 105-degree heat.
The tournament started with Rip City beating the Washington Phoenix from Tacoma 7-2. Stephanie Lascel-les and Linh Hollingworth both went 2-for-3 from the plate and Anna Miller got nine strikeouts in the game's first 12 batters. Slapper Kris Trindle also got on in both her plate appearances.
On Saturday, the team fell
to the Washington Ladyhawks from Kirkland, Wash., in extra innings. The team fended off a based loaded no-outs situation in the first extra inning, but
allowed one to score in the second for the loss. Sierra Anderson led Rip City with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
Working through the losers bracket, Rip City beat the Oregon Shockwave from Gresham 4-3 in a nailbiter. Ashley Lutter and Willow Martinson both went 2-for-3 in the game, with Austin Embree adding a key double.
Rounding out the day, Rip City ripped the Bad Girls from Missoula, Mont., 10-3. Sara Del Balzo went 2-for-3, including one of her three doubles on the weekend, and Brooke Van Artsdalen went 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
Sunday opened with another extra-innings win, this time at the expense of the Lady Starzz from Edmond, Wash. In the 2-1 nine-inning victory, Kelsi Ott and Miller combined for a two-hitter. Anderson laid down the game-tying sacrifice bunt, and later, the winning hit.
The team then had a relatively easy 8-0 victory against the Tri-City Breeze from Washington. Megan O'Leary went 1-for-2 and Lutter 1-for-1.
The team then faced the Washington Ladyhawks for the second time and this time dominated them in a 9-1 win. Amanda Najdek pitched a five-inning one-hitter, Martinson had a two-run home run and Hollingsworth had six defensive stops.
In the championship game against the Spokane Sliders, Rip City scored in the first inning after Lutter got on base with a single and Del Balzo smashed a double to the left field gap. The score held at 1-0 until the top of the last inning when Spokane got two runners on and then hit a double to the fence to score two runs. Rip City had another chance in the bottom of the inning when Trindle got on base, but failed to capitalize.
The 14A Rip City Softball team is coached by Spencer Mills and Rick Anderson.