CENTRALIA — It might have been expected that W.F. West High School would record a double-digit victory to win the Class 2A District IV fastpitch championship Friday night at Fort Borst Park.
Less expected than the outcome was the team that faced the Bearcats in the final — the Capital Cougars.
Capital absorbed a 14-0 loss to the unbeaten Bearcats, but the Cougars are going to state.
Capital upset R.A. Long, 3-2, and Tumwater, 4-2, on Thursday to earn their spot in the district championship game, as well as a berth in the Class 2A state tournament next weekend in Selah.
“We definitely came together at the right time,” Capital coach Kelsey Haupert said. “But we had moments of brilliance throughout the year. The girls played with a lot of heart yesterday.”
The Bearcats banged out 16 hits in the title game, while Capital managed three off two W.F. pitchers.
“It’s chemistry right now,” W.F. West coach Mike Keen said of his team, which has only three seniors. “They’re so young, they don’t know pressure. They trust each other.”
The Bearcats (22-0), the district’s top seed, will be among the favorites at the state tournament. Capital (10-12) advances to state as the district’s No. 2 seed.
Meanwhile, on an opposite diamond at Fort Borst, Tumwater fought for its playoff life.
The Thunderbirds, needing two wins Friday to claim the district’s third and final berth to state, beat Centralia, 8-6, and held off R.A. Long, 11-8, after overcoming another early deficit.
Capital’s best scoring chance off W.F. West pitcher Ali Graham came in the first inning.
The Cougars got singles from Paige Schieferstein and Britni Wilson, but Graham stranded them with back-to-back strikeouts.
Graham knocked in two runs, and Alexys Homan, Kendra Randt, Caitlin Reynolds, Kassidy Grandorff, Jordan Crawford and Kyndra Haller had at least one RBI apiece in a 10-run fourth inning that put W.F. West on top, 14-0.
One inning later, the 10-run mercy rule ended the game.
Graham is not just a pitcher: She leads the Bearcats with a .568 average. Graham and Mattie Boucher, who pitched the final two innings for the Bearcats in the title game, were co-MVPs of the 2A Evergreen Conference in 2013.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if they are again this year,” Keen said.
Keen said Othello and Ellensburg will offer stiff competition at the state tournament. Selah won the 2A title last season, while W.F. West was the 2012 champion.
Tumwater 8, Centralia 6: In their first game Friday, the Thunderbirds had a five-run fifth inning that erased a 4-1 deficit.
Alyssa Ubrun delivered the big blow with a three-run home run, and Kaylene Glasgo had a solo homer — the first of six consecutive hits off Centralia pitcher Mackenzie Wasson in the fifth.
The T-Birds scored two more in the sixth to offset one Centralia run in the top of the inning.
The winning pitcher, sophomore Jocelyn Glasgo, yielded a two-out run in the seventh before closing out the Tigers.
Tumwater 11, R.A. Long 8: With barely a break in between, the T-Birds faced R.A. Long, which ousted Ridgefield, 3-0, in the other losers’ bracket game.
Tumwater rallied from a 5-1 deficit, and Jocelyn Glasgo had an RBI single in the fourth to pull the T-Birds into a tie at 5.
The T-Birds added three runs in the fifth and the sixth innings, then held off the Lumberjills.
4A, 3A POSTPONED
Wet weather Friday morning made conditions at Kent Service Ballfields (Class 4A) and Spanaway’s Sprinker Fields (Class 3A/2A) unplayable for the first day of the West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournaments.
The tournaments are now scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
In 3A, Shelton faces Columbia River and North Thurston will take on Peninsula at noon, followed by Timberline playing the winner of Mountain View/Auburn Mountainview at 4 p.m.
In 4A, Yelm takes on Todd Beamer at 11 a.m., followed by Olympia-Thomas Jefferson at 1 p.m.Staff writer Meg Wochnick contributed to this report.