Kayla Toomey blasts a triple in the second game against Mabton. (Joel Harding photo)
By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent
The Mabton Vikings traveled to Waterville May 9 and the Shockers took both ends of a doubleheader, 4-2 and 9-6. Marny Lowe pitched all but one inning of 10 and held Mabton to just a few good hits. The Shockers played good enough on defense to stop the Viking offense and hit well.
Jean Cooper and Julia Hinderer were the big guns for Waterville in the first game. They both knocked in two runs and that was margin enough for victory. Hinderer got on base in the first game with two hits and scored a run. She got her two runs batted in on long fly balls that were caught, but allowed the base runner at third to score. Cooper did similar work. She didn’t get on base but hit for outs which allowed Evelyn Cazeres and Hinderer to cross home plate with runs. Kaionni Burke had two hits in three at bats but did so without teammates on base. Cazeres also had two hits in the game. Lowe had two hits in three at bats. The third hit was a long fly ball that was caught near the fence in left field. The Shockers won 4-2.
In the second game, the Shockers jumped on the Viking pitcher for a total of 12 hits and scored nine runs. Kalah Toomey boomed a big triple in her last time at bat after hitting a single and a double and, like she always does, crossed home plate with a run. She was a home run short of “hitting for the cycle.” Liz Bourton got a run batted in. Lowe hit a nice double in the sixth inning and later scored. She had three runs batted in for the game. Cazeres got a hit, a run and a run batted in. Burke hit a stand up double, scored a run and got a run batted in. Shelby Fury got to first on an infield hit, then cruised around the base paths for a run. Maria Bustos got a hit and a run batted in. Evelyn Negrete, her replacement in center field, beat out an infield hit and scored a run. She also made a fine catch of a long Viking hit to end the sixth inning. Sarah Velasquez beat out a hit and circled the bases to score as well.
In both games, the Shockers simply got down to work, hitting the ball hard and fielding well, if not perfectly. They were in command in almost every inning of the two games and it showed in the scores.
Waterville will play in the Central Washington 2B League tournament May 16 at the Ephrata Fast Pitch Complex. Their first game at 11 a.m. will be against either Okanogan or Brewster. Their second of the day will be at 5 p.m. at the same location. The Shocker’s opponent will not be known until the first games are completed.