YAKIMA — Colton fell short of winning its eighth state title since 2009, falling in the Washington Class 1B title game to Almira-Coulee/Hartline in a pitchers’ duel Saturday, 2-1.
The Wildcats’ Emily Schultheis fanned five while walking one in six innings and gave up just two hits.
“She did a hell of a job for me,” Colton coach Brad Nilson said of Schultheis. “Probably one of the best games I’ve seen her throw this year.”
But that effort was matched by ACH’s pitcher, who ceded just one run while scattering five hits. In the final frame, no batters for Colton reached base.
“We always hit the ball, we just hit it at someone today,” Nilson said.
Addison Kinzer had the Wildcats’ lone RBI in the fourth inning to pull the Palouse school within a run at that point.
Kinzer and Schultheis numbered among Colton’s five seniors — the others being Jordyn Moehrle, Abby Kelly and Maggi Pluid.
“It’s sad to lose, but I’m still proud of them,” Nilson said. “They never gave up (and after the game) we held our heads up high.”
Colton 000 100 0—1 5 1
AC-Hartline 002 000 x—2 2 1
E. Schultheis and A. Kelly. S. Bradshaw and K. Correia.
Colton hits — R. Vining, E. Schultheis (2B), A. Kinzer 2 (2B), T. Thomas.
ACH hits — M. Oliver (3B), K. Correia.
Class 2B state softball: Friday Harbor 12, Colfax 2
YAKIMA, Wash. — Colfax was one-hit by Friday Harbor in a consolation-bracket game at the Washington Class 2B state tournament, which ended the Bulldogs’ season.
Friday Harbor accumulated 13 hits and forced Colfax (21-6) into seven errors. The Wolverines (16-6) belted a pair of doubles and 11 different players registered knocks.
The Bulldogs’ Justice Brown and Jorja Koerner combined to fan four, while no Colfax batters went down swinging. However, Koerner was the only one with a hit (a single).
Nevertheless, coach Michelle Miller expressed her delight with 20-plus wins and a 9-1 league record.
“It was a great season,” she said. “(I’m) very proud of my young team and looking forward to next season.”
Colfax 002 00—2 1 7
Fri. Harbor 216 03—12 13 2
Justice Brown, Jorja Koerner (3) and Riane Jones. Grace Pauls, Siri Lindston (3) and Ava Hoffman.
Colfax hits — J. Koerner.
Fri. Harbor — Bailee Lambright 2 (2B), A. Hoffman (2B), Liz Cruz 2, Thea Seitz, Darcy Ayers, Jaynn Ott, Olivia Germain, Broster Hallorson, Fallon Taylor, Ellie Pericius, Soma Andrews.
Devils 12-16, Lakers 2-8
SANDPOINT — The Moscow Blue Devils opened their season putting back-to-back beatings on the Sandpoint Lakers in Class AA American Legion play.
The Devils won 12-2, then answered a rally to waltz away with another win, 16-8.
Billy Adams drove in four runs on a single and a triple, and Peyton Waters allowed three hits in a complete Game 1 for Moscow (2-0), which had 11 runs in three frames.
Moscow coach Stan Mattoon said the back end’s coming through, too.
“We’ve been working hard on our defensive (stuff) this spring and it looks like it’s paying off,” he said. “That’s just a testament to our kids’ hard work, and it was great to see that pay off with a good, solid game.”
The Blue Devils again started quickly in Game 2, but the Lakers chipped away until they’d reached a two-run deficit, at 10-8. But Moscow closed the door on that with a six-spot seventh.
The Devils’ offense was led by Barrett Abendroth, who had four hits (one double), scored three times and plated two.
Billy Adams, Hayden Thompson, Isaac Staszkow and Payton Waters logged multiple-hit games, while Thompson fanned four in 5⅔ innings.
Moscow 533 01—12 7 2
Sandpoint 110 00—2 3 3
Peyton Waters and CJ Anderson. Kade MacDonald, Anthony Arroyo (4) and Connor Dodd.
Moscow hits — Chad Redinger, C. Anderson 2, Billy Adams 2 (3B), Hayden Thompson, Ryan Delusa.
Sandpoint hits — C. Dodd, Cameron Garcia, Greene.
Moscow 251 200 6—16 18 3
Sandpoint 110 402 0—8 9 6
H. Thompson, C. Redinger (6), Mac Hagenbaugh (6) and C. Anderson, Barrett Abendroth (5). Shaffer, Edlund (5), Aiden Ackerman (7), A. Arroyo (7) and C. Dodd.
Moscow hits — C. Redinger 2, M. Hagenbaugh, C. Anderson, B. Adams 2 (2B), H. Thompson 3, B. Abendroth 4 (2B), Isaac Staszkow 2, P. Waters 3 (2B).
Sandpoint hits — Meyer, Billy Brackett, Shaffer, Ethan Edlund, C. Dodd (2B), C. Garcia 3 (3B), Greene.
Hounds duo finishes fifth
SEATTLE — Andy He and Tim Watts of Pullman completed their 2A state campaign and their high school tennis careers with a pair of dominant wins on Saturday to earn fifth place in boys’ doubles.
The Hound seniors defeated Bo Bradow and Milo Whitman of Port Angeles 6-1, 6-1, then routed Damon Little and Liam Payne of Sequim 6-0, 6-2 in the fifth-place match. They had a 3-1 overall match record on the tournament.
“It has been my true privilege to oversee these boys’ entire high school careers,” said Pullman coach Cody Wendt. “They are the first state medalists in a generation of Pullman tennis players, and there is no one more deserving of that honor.”