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Girls give it their all at state play-offs

By COLLEEN ARMSTRONG
Islands Sounder Publisher, Editor
June 4, 2013 · 2:19 PM
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Alenna Garcia reaches high to catch the ball. / Colleen Smith Armstrong/Staff Photo

The Lady Vikings softball team traveled to Yakima over Memorial Day weekend to compete in the 2B Bi-District Tournament.

After heavy rains cancelled the games on Friday, the girls took on the Dayton Bulldogs on Saturday morning in the Gateway Sports Complex. Orcas lost the game 5-2.

Aliviah Garcia hit a double in the bottom of the fifth inning to bring in Emma Minnis, who hit a double before that, scoring the team’s first run. The game was 5-1 at that point. In the bottom of the seventh, Shelbi Rogers hit a single and then Lana Bronn hit a single that brought Rogers in to home.

The Vikings loaded the bases but Dayton got them on three outs and no other runs came in. Pitcher Garcia had 10 strike-outs.

“Dayton went on to do pretty well in the tournament – they are good team,” said Coach Scott Harris. “They took advantage of some of our errors.”

In the afternoon, they took on the Adna Pirates, losing 8-2.

Overall, the girls hit the ball well. Harris says Most Valuable Player goes to Bronn for her incredible throws. She also had a double and an RBI. Garcia went two for three with a double; Alicia Susol went two for three with an RBI; Katie Holley also went two for three; and Kirsten Fowler had a double.

“We hung tough and we had our moments,” Harris said. “We started off with errors right out of the gate and then it settled down. To Adna’s credit, they came out hitting the ball hard. We had to adjust to the power of their bat. Once we got used to that, we played a pretty sound game.”

The team then headed back to Orcas, just in time for prom on Sunday. The tournament marked the final games for seniors Garcia, Bronn, Fowler and Jessi Gudgell.


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