“My oh my!” The weather threatened, the ferries were delayed, and despite having only 10 players to field a team over spring break, the Orcas Lady Vikings softball team thoroughly crushed the Darrington Loggers 22-4 at home on Tuesday, April 8.
Lanie Padbury pitched the entire contest, striking out five and giving up only four runs to the Loggers in the third inning. Padbury was hot at the plate as well, hitting a lead-off single in the second inning and a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning
Sarah Wooding led off the game with a walk. Cara Peacock doubled to left, scoring Wooding and then took an extra base on an overthrow. Renae Harvey walked and then stole second and third base, taking advantage of confusion and inattention to the game among the Darrington infield players, while Peacock stole home. The Vikings batted around the line-up and scored seven runs in the first inning alone.
The Loggers gave up multiple walks in the game, putting many Lady Vikings in scoring position. Darrington used three pitchers trying to find a way to shut the Vikes down. Orcas capitalized by putting 18 more runs on the scoreboard. Highlights include the grand slam by Padbury, a lead-off triple by Peacock in the fourth inning and back-to-back singles by freshman Brooke Bruland in the third and fourth innings.
Pitcher Padbury and first baseman Bruland sent the Loggers down in order in the top of the fifth inning with two perfect putouts and a pop-up to first to end the game.
Peacock finished the game with six RBIs, Padbury brought in four RBIs, Bruland had two RBIs and Wooding contributed one RBI.
“I’m really proud of the way they played,” said assistant coach Jason Nichols. “Considering we were so short handed, many girls played in new positions. They played five strong innings.”
The Lady Vikings are away at LaConner on Saturday. They begin a three-game home stand on April 22.