Simply put, Olympia didn’t get it done.
That’s how Bears coach Matt Loes described it after his team’s 5-3 nine-inning loss to Woodinville in Friday’s Class 4A state fastpitch quarterfinals.
After an extra inning of scoreless ball from both sides, the international rule — when each team gets an opportunity to score starting with last batter from the previous inning on second base — went into effect. And while the Falcons finished with only five hits off Bears pitcher Maddy Stensby — two of which came in the ninth inning — neither of the deciding two runs came off hits.
A 1-3 fielder’s choice groundout on a bunt, followed by a flyout to center led to the game-winning runs. Olympia was unable to capitalize in its home half of the ninth.
“We just didn’t get it done,” Loes said.
After Bri Bell’s two-out, two-RBI single gave the Bears a 3-1 lead in the fifth, Woodinville tied it up at 3-all in the sixth. In a game in which hits were hard to come by for both teams, Paige Grover’s bloop single to shallow center field was enough to tie the game.
In that inning, Stensby issued two walks, loading the bases twice.
“The walks haunted us a bit,” Loes said, “but you can’t criticize her for it. She’s such a strong kid.”
It proved to be the final one played Friday at the Merkel Sports Complex. Minutes after Woodinville celebrated its victory, lightning and high winds cancelled the remaining consolation games slated for 6 p.m. Friday — Todd Beamer-Snohomish, Walla-Walla-Olympia, Redmond-Jackson and Bethel-Yelm. All four loser-out contests will be played at 9 a.m. Saturday, meaning all of Saturday’s regularly scheduled games, including the 9 a.m. semifinal games, are pushed back. The 4A title game has a tentatively scheduled start time of 7 p.m., pushed back two hours from its originally scheduled time of 5 p.m.
After winning its opening-round game 6-4, scoring three runs in the seventh inning, Yelm dropped its 4A quarterfinal game, 13-10 to Richland, which advances to face Woodinville in Saturday’s semifinal. The other semifinal is Camas against Tahoma, which topped Snohomish, 7-6, in the quarterfinals.