TACOMA – Kelsey Segawa belted an RBI double during the fourth inning, breaking a tie and giving Olympia a 5-4, comeback victory against Shelton in the Narrows League fastpitch tournament on Friday at South End Recreation Area.
The Bears overcame two first-inning errors that helped stake Shelton to a 2-0 lead.
“I was proud of the girls the way they stayed in the game mentally,” Olympia coach Matt Loes said. “They shook us up early. Shelton was scrapping and dropping some bunts. But we had a good team approach and hung in there.”
Olympia, which improved to 9-8 overall, plays Mount Tahoma at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Tacoma. The Bears have to win two more games to reach the district tournament.
“We’re the best one-over-.500 team in the world,” Loes told his team after the game. “How much fight have you got?”
Bears pitcher Ally Van Schoorl struck out 11 and walked one in seven innings to pick up the win.
“Ally did a good job,” Loes said. “She’s done a good job all year. She always pitches good enough for us to win.”
Trailing 2-0, Olympia scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Van Schoorl and Emma Kelly-Glasoe had RBI singles to highlight the rally.
Olympia had defeated Shelton, 12-1, earlier in the season.
“Shelton played great today,” Loes said. “They’re a good team.”
Olympia has defeated Mount Tahoma twice this season, 11-0 and 6-2.
“We can’t take them lightly,” Loes said. “We beat Shelton, 12-1. We just beat them 5-4. We’ve got to play good defense and get it done.”
Track and field
Olympia girls win Narrows: Annie Dear took first place in the 1,600-meter run as Olympia won the girls team title at the Narrows League meet.
Dear won the 1,600 in 4 minutes, 59.15 seconds.
The Bears’ Emily Walters won the triple jump at 36 feet, 111/2 inches, and Sarah Norman took first in the pole vault at 10-6.
Olympia also won the 1,600 relay, finishing in 4:01.06.
Olympia’s Liedes advances to state: Olympia sophomore Jennifer Liedes tied for third at the Narrows League Tournament to qualify for her second straight Class 4A state tournament.
Liedes shot a two-round total of 169, finishing six strokes behind medalist Christie Drumm of Gig Harbor.
Olympia took third as a team at 678, well behind Bellarmine (601) and Gig Harbor (652).
Shelton’s Hillary Evans and Felicia Barnett also qualified for state. They each shot 190, then prevailed in a three-way playoff for the final two spots, beating out Gig Harbor’s Alisha Drumm.