Kelsey Killbough trotted back to the batter’s box, still certain her line drive down the third base line was fair despite the fact it was officially deemed a foul ball.
On the very next pitch, the Tumwater junior once again made contact. This time there was no debate.
Killbough smacked a fourth inning grand slam to lead the visiting Thunderbirds to a 10-2 victory over rival Black Hills in a 2A Evergreen Conference fastpitch matchup Thursday.
Tumwater coach Doug Nedrow praised his squad for their hitting, stating that the top goal was to just make solid contact. Everything else is just icing.
If that’s true, Killbough’s blast would provide enough for her to open up her own bakery as the shot sailed well clear of the wall in left field.
It was the catcher’s fourth home run on the season and second in as many games. She also drilled a three-run walk-off homer in the Thunderbirds 14-13 victory over Centralia on April 14.
“I didn’t have any last year,” Killbough said about her sophomore season. “I’m just trying to put the ball in play.”
Killbough had to battle through some pain prior to giving Tumwater a 7-0 lead with her home run. In the previous inning, a pitch ricochet off the plate and hit her on the top of her left biceps.
“It’s the third game that’s happened,” said Killbough, who sported a baseball-sized deep bruise on her arm. “I took one off the plate in a game on Monday, then again on Tuesday. Today, I got hit in the same exact spot.”
An inning later, Killbough exacted her revenge on the softball, highlighting Tumwater’s five-run inning.
Jocelyn Glasgo picked up the win, giving up five hits and striking out three. She also drove in a pair of runs to help the T-Birds improve to 4-2 in EvCo play, placing them second in the standings.
“This team just likes playing with each addother,” Killbough said. “We have a lot of fun out there. Even when we are behind, we’re cheering each other on.”
Tumwater, which also received two hits each from Alyvia Owen and Kaylee Clarke, won the first meeting against Black Hills, 12-9, on April 16. The two teams play a third and final regular season game May 14.
Elsa Maloney went 3 for 3 with an RBI double for the Wolves.
“Today wasn’t the best showcase of where we are at as a team,” said Black Hills coach Nikki Winkley, whose youthful roster features two seniors and one junior. “This team has put in the work and continues to improve.
“We’re going to make a name for ourselves before the season is over.”
Sara Putwin’s RBI double in the second inning got the T-Birds on the scoreboard. Tumwater added two more runs in the following inning on a throwing error.
Glasgo capped the T-Birds’ fourth inning with her first RBI single.