Fastpitch softball fumbles in the mud

Lauren Ockinga rounds third base on the way to scoring Vashon
Lauren Ockinga rounds third base on the way to scoring Vashon's first run in a muddy game against Cascade Christian.
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After having several games cancelled due to inclement weather earlier this season, the Vashon fastpitch softball team played two games last week and lost to both Cascade Christian and Seattle Christian.

The Pirates played their fourth game of the season at home on Tuesday, April 17, against Cascade Christian.

As the teams arrived to play, the clouds opened up and soaked the field, the fans and the players. With the umpire’s approval, both teams agreed to play in wet and sloppy conditions.

In the first inning, Cascade Christian managed six runs and Vashon just one run from an RBI hit by Paige Browne.

Cascade had several memorable hits to the gap in the outfield and ran the score up to 21 by the top of the fifth. Vashon had a rally with eight players up to bat and three scoring runs in the bottom of the fifth. Pirate pitcher Sophie Baker managed five strikeouts, and the team only had three errors in the game. The final score was Cascade Christian 21, Vashon 4.

On Friday Vashon travelled to play Seattle Christian in an away game. Vashon lost with a final score of 11-1.

The Pirates struggled through the first two innings, allowing Seattle Christian seven runs. By the third inning the Pirates awoke to hold the score and get a point.

Corrine Pruett is credited for an RBI to get Browne in to score.

At the bottom of the fifth inning, Seattle scored four runs and as rules go for softball, if the home team is up by 10 runs in the fifth, the game is over.

Weather permitting, the team will play at Orting today and at home against Life Christian on Monday, April 30.


— Jackie Merrill is the VHS fastpitch softball coach.


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