SPOKANE — It hurt. No way around it. It hurt.
The Ridgefield Spudders were on the wrong end of the 10-run rule at the Class 1A state softball quarterfinals Friday night at Franklin Park, sending them to the consolation bracket.
But there were some good moments Friday, too.
Making the program’s first appearance at state since 2006, the Spudders — with two seniors on the roster — won their opener, an 8-6 victory over Nooksack Valley.
The team still has softball left to play. In fact, if all goes Ridgefield’s way today, there will be a lot of softball to play.
A rain delay Friday pushed back the 1A schedule, meaning that if the Spudders are to play in the third-place game, they will have to play in four games today. Ridgefield will play River View of Kennewick at 9 a.m. in the first of three must-wins in order to earn a trophy. All of today’s games will be played at nearby Merkel Park.
Connell proved to be too strong for Ridgefield in the quarterfinals, picking up a 10-0 victory in a game that started at 8 p.m., four hours late.
“I’m a little disappointed in the way we competed, but we’ll be back,” Ridgefield coach Ed Bate said. “They’ll be resilient.”
Connell pitcher Ashley Thompson struck out 14 in her three-hit shutout. She struck out eight in a row at one point.
The Eagles also had the bats going, connecting for 11 hits.
They also took advantage of seven Ridgefield errors.
By the end of the night, the Spudders were trying to forget the quarterfinals, focus on Saturday, and enjoy the victory earlier in the day.
“It was a good experience, just to get that first-round experience,” said freshman Shannon Boyle, who had three hits, including a two-run single in the fourth that gave Ridgefield a 5-1 lead.
“We’d get a hit and everybody would cheer, and that just pumped us up,” Boyle said.
Jenna Rogers, another freshman, executed a perfect squeeze bunt for a single, tying the game in the second inning. She also had three hits. Kory Ryder added two hits, including a double, and drove in a run.
Ridgefield pitcher Karlee Kammer struck out five in the victory.
“They got a glimpse of what they want to be,” Bate said, referring to the feeling of winning at the state tournament.
Boyle said the Spudders have to get past that second game.
“Pick our heads up,” she said. “Get some rest and get back in there.”
Class 1A state softball tournament
at Franklin Park, Spokane
RIDGEFIELD 8, NOOKSACK VALLEY 6
Ridgefield 030 220 1—8 13 2
Nooksack Valley 100 032 0—6 8 5
Pitcher — Karlee Kammer 7 IP, win, 5 Ks. Highlights — Carly Estes 1-4; Shannon Boyle 3-5, 2 RBI; Jenna Rogers 3-4, RBI; Melissa Gaylord 1-4; Kory Ryder 2-4, 2B, RBI; Erin Bate 1-4, RBI; Kammers 1-4, RBI; Megan Holeman 1-4, RBI.
CONNELL 10, RIDGEFIELD 0, 6 innings
Ridgefield 000 000—0 2 7
Connell 002 332—10 11 0
Pitcher — Karlee Kammer 1 2/3 IP, 7 Ks; Shannon Boyle 3 1/3 IP, loss. Highlights — Carly Estes 1-3; Kory Ryder 1-3; Kammer 1-2, 2B.