SHORELINE — A day after making Kamiak pitcher Krista Colburn look invincible, Shorecrest made the battle for first place in the Western Conference 4A South Division softball race look like a mismatch.
Charged up from their 2-1 nine-inning loss to the Knights on Tuesday, the Scots buried Kamiak 10-0 in five innings Wednesday night at Shorecrest High School to take back the league lead.
The game was called short after the Scots (13-2 league, 13-3 overall) hit through the order and tacked on six runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“I never would have guessed we’d 10-run them,” Shorecrest coach Kristie Oglesby said.
Erin Globstad and Erica Benson ignited the two-out rally, reaching base safely on a pair of errors to load the bases. Geneva Hale picked up an RBI when she was tagged by a pitch and Suzie Barnes followed with a two-RBI bloop single to center.
Casey Maehl then singled to right to load the bases again for sophomore pitcher Ashley Morrison, who sliced a triple down the right field line to score the final three runs.
“We have hard teams coming up, so we knew that we needed to win today,” said sophomore catcher Emily Gould. “If we lost, it was going to be tough to get back in the top spot.”
In their first at-bats the Scots struck for three runs. Their first four batters all singled, including an RBI shot to deep left field by Morrison. Krystal Tonning chipped a single over the second baseman to score another run and Benson drew a bases-loaded walk.
Gould socked an RBI double off the left-field fence in the bottom of the second inning to make it 4-0.
Kamiak’s main threat came in the third, but with runners on second and third and one out Morrison got the next two batters to pop up a bunt and fly out. The Knights (12-3, 12-4) stranded six runners and Morrison finished with eight strikeouts.
Colburn held the Scots to four hits and collected 16 strikeouts Tuesday to help the Knights snap Shorecrest’s six-game winning streak.
“We made (Colburn) look like a superstar,” Oglesby said. “Our bats are better than that. I know that and they know that.”
Five of Shorecrest’s strikeouts were on called third strikes, a red flag to Oglesby that her hitters weren’t being aggressive enough.
“We’re not that kind of a team,” she said. “I think that irritated them a bit.”
To say the least.
“It was kind of like a kick in the face,” Gould said of the defeat.
The Scots were scheduled to host Edmonds-Woodway yesterday and will close out the regular season with games against crosstown Shorewood May 13 and Jackson May 15.
“We have three tough games coming up. We can’t let down,” Oglesby said. “They know that if they want to win the Wesco title, they need to keep doing what they did today.”