That was the phrase Maddy Stensby used after learning she threw 401 pitches over 24-plus innings in three games for Olympia in the Class 4A state fastpitch tournament Friday and Saturday in Spokane.
Stensby did all she could for the Bears, who after Friday’s extra-inning loss to Woodinville were bounced to the consolation bracket. And after a Saturday morning victory over Walla Walla behind a complete-game from Stensby, the tank ran empty after two-plus innings with the senior being pulled against Bethel, eventually leading to a 13-3 six-inning consolation defeat.
Stensby’s pitch count following Friday was at 264; she threw 166 against the Falcons in the quarterfinal, and 83 in the complete-game 8-2 win Saturday morning over Walla Walla in an elimination game with 10 strikeouts and no walks to face Bethel in a rematch of last week’s West Central District title game, a game in which Olympia won, 4-2.
That’s where things turned.
Bethel quickly built a 5-3 lead after two innings. Then, to start the third, an error and a rope to center put two on with no out. That’s when Bears coach Matt Loes pulled Stensby in favor of center fielder Erin Roloff. She, followed by catcher Adrianna Rupright, pitched the final four innings.
“I was definitely feeling the 400 pitches,” Stensby said.
Had Olympia won the game, and played Camas in another elimination contest to play for a third/fourth-place trophy, Stensby said she likely would’ve given it another go. After all, it is the state tournament.
“I think I could’ve pitched,” she said.
While Olympia didn’t earn a state trophy, it didn’t ruin a stellar season for the Bears. Olympia won the Narrows League title, the West Central District title and finished 26-3.
“Everyone played for each other,” third baseman Maddy Newkirk said.
Yelm bows out
The same Bethel team that knocked out Olympia did the same to Yelm.
The Braves topped the Tornados, 4-3, in Saturday’s first consolation game.
Yelm, in the state tournament for the first time since winning the Class 3A title in 2004, finishes its season at 18-12.
The seventh-inning comeback that happened in the opening-round game against Jackson, when the Tornados scored three in the seventh after trailing by a run to win 6-4, didn’t happen against the Braves. Trailing 4-2, Yelm got one back when sophomore centerfielder Ally Choate, a Seattle University commit, scored after reaching base to start the seventh.
The taste of state has Choate and her teammates motivated for 2015.
“We’re very young,” said Choate, who was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs. “We’re going to do it — I know we will.”