All it took was five innings for the Washougal High School softball team to wipe Rochester off the map and get to the district tournament in Centralia.
The Panthers whipped the Warriors 11-0, in Rochester. Paige Forsberg pitched a 2-hitter and racked up nine strikeouts. Becca Bennett drove in three runs on two hits. Morgan Ratcliff added three hits and an RBI. Courtney Shelley and Kayla Lagerquist also knocked in runs.
“We had an absolutely fantastic performance,” said head coach John Carver.
After losing 10-0 to R.A. Long in the first round of the district tournament Friday, Washougal defeated Woodland 5-4 on a walk-off two run home run by Lagerquist to stay alive.
The Panthers beat Centralia 12-4 in the consolation semifinals Saturday. Ratcliff knocked in three runs on four hits, including a home run. Forsberg doubled and drove in two runs. She also struck out 12 Bearcats in seven innings pitched.
Tumwater defeated Washougal 7-4 in the winner-to-state game Saturday. The Panthers finished in fourth place at the district tournament.
Read the full article in Tuesday’s print edition of the Post-Record.