WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls golf team took advantage of its home-course advantage on Tuesday, as three of the Panthers’ top six golfers registered personal-best scores at Three Lakes to help the team to a second-place finish in the third Big Nine 4A pod.
Wenatchee junior Jordan Takasugi led the way, firing a 9-over 81 on the par-72 course to rank second among individuals, two strokes in front of Richland’s Kristin Strankman.
The Bombers’ Mary McDonald took home medalist honors with a 79, and used a two-stroke advantage after the front nine to power her victory.
Richland won the team title with a combined score of 355, comfortably ahead of Wenatchee (406) and Walla Walla (412).
Wenatchee coach Doug Merrill said his team was prepared for the hard greens at the Malaga Course.
“It was definitely an advantage to play on your home course. It played in a way where people had to get used to it, and our girls were out there yesterday practicing on the toughest holes,” Merrill said. “People think they can come in here and tear it up because the course is short on paper, but it’s an up-and-down course. It was hard and crusty out ther today.”
Strankman, the medalist in the two prior league-wide tournaments of the season, epitomized the harshness of Three Lakes, shooting an eight on No. 4 that dealt a blow to her hopes for a third straight win.
Wenatchee’s Bailey Trainor (105), Hayley Brown (106) and Rosa Barber (114) all carded personal-best scores.
“The girls love coming in with low scores, and it makes you proud as a coach to see that,” Merrill said.
Halfway through the league season, the Panthers are entrenched as the Big Nine 4A’s s=econd-best team behind Richland, and will try and keep the momentum going at the two-day Big East tournament at Spokane’s Wandermere Golf Club on Thursday and Friday.
Wenatchee 6-12, Chiawana 2-2
Wenatchee fastpitch coach Brent Grothe is excited about what his team can accomplish in the second half of the Big Nine season.
After watching his team dispatch Chiawana twice on Tuesday, Grothe should be even more revved up.
Wenatchee (12-1 overall, 5-1 Big Nine) won 6-2 in the opener, then posted a 12-2 six-inning victory in the nightcap.
“We’re playing with confidence,” Grothe said. “Our younger players are getting better, and our veterans are playing like veterans. It’s been a lot of fun to watch. Hopefully we can continue to put the hurt on people.”
In the first game, Bri Craddock pitched a three-hitter, and Lindy Holmberg hit a home run to lead the Panthers. In the second game, Craddock allowed just four hits in the circle and had three hits, including two doubles. Wenatchee scored seven runs in the second inning.
“We had a slow start in the first game,” Grothe said of his squad, ranked No. 8 in the state in the latest Seattle Times Class 4A poll. “We had a tough time getting into a rhythm against their pitching. But in the second game, I was pleased with our at-bats, and Bri pitched real well.”
Cascade 12, Omak 1
Ali Schauer slammed two home runs and picked up the victory in the circle to lead Cascade to a win over host Omak.
Sierra Guthrie had two hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs for the league-leading Kodiaks (9-2 overall, 7-0 Caribou Trail League).
Okanogan 7, Cashmere 4
Tyler Schreckengost had two hits, including a home run, to lead Okanogan to a victory over visiting Cashmere.
Suzy McCall had two hits and three runs driven in for Cashmere.
Quincy 9-12, Wapato 4-0
Adrianna Zamarron had three hits and pitched a shutout to lead Quincy to a five-inning win over host Wapato to complete a doubleheader sweep.
In the opener, Madison Petersen had three hits for the Jacks.
Brewster 23, Waterville 0
Brewster scored 18 runs in the second inning to make quick work of Waterville and improve to 6-0 in league play.
Jessie Hammons and Rachel Sonneman each went 3-for-3 with home runs and four RBIs for the Bears.
Chiawana 7-10, Wenatchee 4-5
Shaky defense contributed to big innings for the Riverhawks, and sent the Panthers back to .500 in Big Nine 4A division play.
In the opener, Wenatchee starter Dustin Driver was improved over recent outings, striking out eight in six innings, but two errors (one by Driver) started Chiawana’s five-run fifth.
The Panthers (3-3) imploded defensively again in the nightcap, as Chiawana hung eight runs on them in the sixth inning behind three more errors.
C.J. Gettman (2-for-5, three RBI) and Christian Silva (3-for-6, two RBI), hit well for the Panthers, who begin a tough second half of the season with Davis on Friday.
Chelan 11, Tonasket 1
Evan Reister hit two home runs and drove in four to lead Chelan to a five-inning win over visiting Tonasket.
Gabe Quigley threw a three-hitter, struck out eight and hit a two-run home run for the Goats (5-2 CTL).
Othello 8, Ephrata 2
Othello scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead for good.
Ellensburg 10, Quincy 9
Quincy built a 9-1 lead but couldn’t hold it. Ellensburg got four back in the bottom of the fourth and tacked on four more in the fifth to tie it. Johnny Navarro went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in a losing effort for the Jacks.
Eisenhower 4, Wenatchee 3
Wenatchee dropped three of its four singles matches in a loss to host Eisenhower. Eve Hansen picked up a win in third singles spot for the Panthers, while the doubles teams of Jessie Murphy and Annie Stafanides and Nikki Schroeder and Nicole Aitken posted wins.
Wenatchee 7, Eisenhower 0
Wenatchee didn’t lose a set in a victory over host Eisenhower. Hudson Barnhart and Clint Vedano (No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively) and the top doubles team of Nathaniel Noyd and Scott Willis posted 6-0, 6-0 victories.
Wenatchee 2, Eisenhower 1
Bryson King scored on a penalty kick in the 75th minute to give Wenatchee a victory over host Eisenhower. King assisted on the Panthers’ first goal, scored by Alberto Sanchez in the fifth minute.
Cascade 4, Omak 2
Christian Rivas scored two goals to lead Cascade to a victory over visiting Omak. Omar Solis added a goal and an assist for the Kodiaks, while Mani Avila had two assists.
Chelan 8, Tonasket 0
Isaac Perez, Eleazar Galvan and Alejandro Angulo scored two goals each to lead Chelan to a victory over visiting Tonasket.