The Nooksack Valley softball team got a balanced effort in all facets to defeat Eatonville 6-5 on Saturday, May 18, in the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament championship game in Kent.
The Pioneers opened the contest with four runs over the first two innings, including a three-run second in which McKinna Larson and Chloe Gardner combined to do all the damage.
"Larson had a two-run single and then she got knocked in by Gardner," Nooksack Valley coach Tom Harmon said in a phone interview.
Laura Gelwicks added two hits and an RBI in the contest.
"We did a really nice job of getting some really timly hits," Harmon said.
Nooksack got solid pitching performances from Kayla Struiksma and Alexis Pike, who combined to only allow eight scattered hits over seven innings.
"They both did a good job of mixing pitches and hitting spots," Harmon said. "We did a great job of throwing ground balls and fly balls."
What hurt the Pioneers was two, two-run home runs by Eatonville.
"Eatonville could flat out stroke it," Harmon said, adding that its 3-4 hitters made for a powerful combination.
Although the Pioneers had already booked their place at the Class 1A State Tournament which begins next Friday, the win assured them of a favorable seeding.
NOOKSACK VALLEY 6, EATONVILLE 5
Nooksack Valley 130 110 0 - 6 8 2
Eatonville 003 000 2 - 5 8 1
WP: Kayla Struiksma (11-7). LP: Smith (x-x). Highlights: Nooksack Valley: Chloe Gardner 2-4 RBI, McKinna Larson 1-4 2RBI, Laura Gelwicks 2-3 RBI.