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Raiders, Gators bounced from district match
By CASEY OLSON
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders looked like they were ready to make a return trip to the Class 4A state fastpitch tournament Friday afternoon after blowing away the Capital Cougars in the opening round of the West Central District tournament at the Sprinker Recreation Center, 11-3.
But thats as good as it got for the Raiders. The two-time defending South Puget Sound League South Division champs dropped their next two games to fall short of state.
Jefferson was shutout by Prairie in the second round, 12-0, and lost 8-0 to South Kitsap Saturday morning in a loser-out game. Decatur, the second-place team from the SPSL South, was also bounced from the tournament. The Gators lost their first two games to Skyview and Wilson.
Against Capital, it was the Kristy Richardson show. The senior banged out a pair of triples and had four RBIs against the Cougars. The Raiders fell behind 1-0 in the first, but fought back for a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, thanks to Richardsons first triple. Jefferson then tallied four more runs in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and two in the sixth to blow away Capital.
Jefferson junior Amanda Herrera picked up the victory on the mound. She gave up just five hits.
It was a different story against Prairie in the winners bracket second round. The Raiders only tallied one hit, while giving up 15 to Prairie. The Raiders also helped out the Prairie offense by committing five errors in the field.
Richardson had the only hit for Jefferson. Prairie went on to take second at districts.
Jefferson also struggled Saturday morning against South Kitsap. The Raiders mustered only five hits and made two more errors during the shutout. South Kitsap scored one run in the first, three in the third, three in the fourth and one more in the fifth.
Decatur ran into one of the best pitchers in the area in their opening round game Friday against Skyview. Freshman Whitney Baker shut down the Gators for six innings, before senior Kelly Claar touched Baker for Decaturs lone hit of the game. The Gators lost 1-0 and struck out 16 times against Baker.
We just couldnt lay off her rise (ball), said Decatur senior second baseman Katie Street. She is one of the best pitchers weve seen so far. We played well defensively, we just couldnt get our bats going.
Skyview scored their lone run in the fourth inning and eventually went on to win the district championship.
In their second game of the tournament the Gators were downed by Wilson, 2-1, in a loser-out game. Claar allowed just six hits to Wilson, but the Gator offense struggled to score runs, like it has all season behind Claar.