Kaylee Lozier was sharp in the circle as the River View softball team upset Zillah 5-3 on Thursday in the opening round of the Class 1A District 5 tournament in Zillah.
The Panthers, who entered as the No. 4 seed from the SCAC East, upset the SCAC West’s top seed and moved one win from the state tournament.
“Our pitching coach (Chani Brisby) called a good game, and (Lozier) executed,” River View coach Andy Clayton said. “The defense played pretty solid behind her and she had three, three-and-out innings. She held them at bay.”
Offensively, Jessica Burrus was 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, while Kylie Sakota and Lizzy Vasquez added RBIs.
“We put the ball on the ground, bunted the ball and did some small ball to move the runners around,” Clayton said. “For the most part, we were putting pressure on them.”
River View 120 001 1 — 5 7 4
Zillah 010 002 0 — 3 3 3
Kaylee Lozier and Kylie Sakota. Kristale Treece and Liz Godina. Highlights—RV: Jessica Burrus 2-4, 3B, RBI; Sakota RBI; Lizzy Vasquez RBI; Lozier 3 H, 5 Ks.
Connell 15, La Salle 3 (5): McKenna Mathis threw a three-hitter, and Hope Sawyer and Dakota Olberding each had three hits as the three-time defending Class 1A state champion Eagles started the postseason with a rout at home.
Connell (16-3) advanced to the district semifinals Saturday at West Valley in Yakima and will face Naches Valley at 11:30 a.m.
La Salle 200 01 — 3 3 2
Connell 540 6x — 15 13 3
Sydney Riel and Casey Saxton; McKenna Mathis and Dakota Olberding. Highlights—Katheryn Jacoby (L) 2B; Brianna Rosenvance (L) 2B; Hope Sawyer (C) 3x4, 2B; Mathis (C) 3B, 3 BB; Jessica Hawkins (C) 2x3, 2B; Olberding (C) 3x3, 2B, 3B; Kassin Hopkins (C) 2B.
Warden 11, Cle Elum/Roslyn 1 (5): Brenna Whitney hit a two-run, walk-off home run as the Cougars topped the Warriors in the first round of the Class 1A District 5 tournament in Warden.
Aaliyah Enriquez allowed just three baserunners, striking out seven in five innings.
The win comes on the heels of two blowout wins for Warden over Cle Elum/Roslyn last Saturday.
“It was a good game for us,” Warden coach Wes Richins said. “Their pitcher mixes it around a lot. She didn’t walk us and kept us off balance for awhile. It was a good game to be kind of tight.”
Cle Elum/Roslyn 000 01 — 1 1 5
Warden 211 07 — 11 11 1
Two outs when winning run scored. Sweigard and Holmes. Aaliyah Enriquez and Lexi Pruneda. Highlights—War: Brenna Whitney 3-4, 3 Rs, 2-run HR; Lexi Pruneda 2-4; Andrea Contreras 1-3, 3-run HR; Allycia Gonzales 2B; Enriquez 2B
Naches Valley 13, Royal 6: Lauralee Mills was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs as the Rangers knocked off the visiting Knights in the first round of the Class 1A District 5 tournament.
Royal 200 400 0 — 6 9 2
Naches Valley 440 032 x — 13 13 0
Jenks and Rodriguez. Grimm and George, Lucas (4). Highlights—Lauralee Mills 3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI.