Lady Bulldogs advance to State two years in a row

Ali and Mallory
By: 
Katie Leithead
S-E Reporter

KF places 2nd in District

The Kettle Falls Lady Bulldogs finished second in the 2B District Championships and are once again heading to the State 2B Tournament. Last year they made it to the State Championships where they lost to Brewster (7-6) and Mary Walker (12-11) in two close matches.

Overall the Lady Bulldogs have held a good season, overall 15-6 and 6-2 in District.

Springdale

During the semi final game in the district tournament against Springdale’s Mary Walker, Kettle Falls brought their A-game, winning 10-3.

“It took a couple innings to settle in before we were able to grab the lead,” noted KFHS head softball coach, RJ Glover. “Uncharacteristically, Kendall hit 2 batters in a row in the first inning and then we had a miscommunication/ throwing error that allowed Springdale to jump out to a 1-0 lead.

“It is frustrating to face 5 batters and allow a run without a single hit.”

Glover said normally senior right-hander Kendall Elliott is solid, so hitting two batters was unusual for her.

Elliott finished the rest of the game without any walks or hit batters, making up for those early runs.

“We knew coming into the game that Springdale was hitting the ball very well,” Glover explained. “They are a decent defensive team, but they are extremely dangerous with the bats. I always tell our team they need to score 15 runs to beat Springdale.

“Fortunately, 10 runs was enough during this game.”

After trailing 1-0 for the first two and half innings, Elliott hit a two-run home run after Kaitlyn Eslick reached first base on an error.

The game broke open for the Lady Bulldogs in the fourth inning when they were able to plate six runners.

“I thought our batting was reasonable for most of the game. I still think we have some opportunity in understanding the pitcher and when to be aggressive and when to be patient at the plate.”

Even with reasonable batting, Kettle Falls stranded 12 base runners over the course of the game.

Glover said it was nice to know the team has a solid pitching and catching combination with Nicki Tallman and Elliott.

“We really just have to focus on our offensive. I know Kendall is going to pitch strikes and the opposing team is either going to put the ball in play or not. Nicki never lets balls by her and teams are not able to steal.”

Nicki threw out both of Springdale’s attempts at stealing during Saturday’s game.

With the Springdale win, Kettle moved to the District Championship game versus Northwest Christian and punched their ticket to the 2B State Tournament.

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