HARTLINE, Wash. – The #8 Inchelium Hornets visited #1 Almira-Coulee-Hartline in District Fastpitch Softball. The weather was windy with clouds to dot the blue sky.
The fans gathered along the field on stickgame chairs, bleachers, picnic tables, blankets on the grass, and in their vehicles. The next seven innings of fastpitch softball had plenty of action. The umpire told the teams gathered at home plate to, “Have fun, and play hard.” They took his advice to heart and the coaches wished each other good luck.
The enthusiasm of the Inchelium dugout was buzzing early. They cheered each batter and in the first inning, the score would only be 1-2, but the Inchelium bats would start bringing runners home in bunches. In the Second Inning, Inchelium would bring in five more runs. ACH would finish the inning with one run. The score was 6-3, Hornets.
Inchelium continued to pile on the runs and would need them all as the game drew closer to the end. ACH would need to make two pitching changes to try to stave off the red hot bats of the Inchelium Girls.
In the Seventh Inning, Inchelium got off to another hot start. They would quickly bring home six runs, including a shot by Keirdan McLauglin who almost had a Grand Slam, but would settle for 3 RBI’s. Another couple runs by the Hornets made the ACH coach go to his relief pitcher.
Inchelium would add two more runs to their rally and hope their 23-9 lead would be enough. In the bottom of the Seventh, the ACH bats came alive. A couple times, the wind played a factor in fielding errors that would have made some timely outs, but a shot to center field in the wind made the ball difficult to read for Violet Carson and an ordinary catch turned into two runners making it across home plate.
Another easy infield pop fly turned into trouble as the ball fell to the ground. Eventually, Coach Guy Stensgar was forced to change pitchers, sophomore Madeline Desautel relieved Torrence Finley when the score reached 23-14. The momentum for ACH would continue, but fell short by two runs as Number 8-seed Inchelium upset Number 1-seed Almira Coulee Hartline.
Inchelium earned a berth to State the following week and will play in Yakima, May 27 & 28 and will play Quilcene High School in the First Round.