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Prep highlights: Montesano stuns Columbia-White Salmon 12-0 in 1A district softball semis

By Columbian staff
Published: May 17, 2023, 9:48pm

Columbia of White Salmon suffered just its second softball loss of the season and first loss to a 1A team as the Bruins were held to one hit in a 12-0 defeat to Montesano in the 1A district tournament semifinals on Wednesday at Fort Borst Park in Centralia.

The Bruins’ (20-2) only other loss was to 4A Camas last week, 5-4.

Josie Dickey had Columbia’s one hit, which came in the first inning.

Montesano (18-5), which earned a berth to state, advances to the district title game on Saturday against Hoquiam. The Grizzlies beat Elma 24-3 in the other district semifinal for a state berth.

Columbia will face Stevenson on Saturday, needing two wins to reach state.

The Bulldogs eliminated King’s Way Christian 10-9 by scoring the winning run on an error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Also, Seton Catholic stayed alive with an 11-1 win over Tenino. The Cougars will face Elma in a loser-out game Saturday.

In Wednesday’s first-round games:

COLUMBIA-WHITE SALMON 19, TENINO 0 — The Bruins scored 12 runs in the first to put the game away. Macee Barnes went 3 for 3 with a double, home run and four RBI and Teagan Blankenship was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and three stolen bases.

ELMA 10, KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 7 — In the only first round game to go seven innings, the Eagles were able to rally with a seven-run fifth inning to take an 8-5 lead. King’s Way scored twice in the fifth to cut it to 8-7, but Elma added two insurance runs in the seventh.

Autumn Gaudet was 4 for 4 with a solo home run, and Kiera Crate and Emily Palomino also hit home runs for King’s Way.

HOQUIAM 15, STEVENSON 0 — Graci Bonney-Spradin went 2 for 2 with a double, home run and four RBI to pace the Grizzlies in the first-round victory. Stevenson was held to two hits.

MONTESANO 12, SETON CATHOLIC 0 — Grace Gooding pitched a five-inning no hitter with only Seton’s Annie Marichalar reaching base on an error to leadoff the fifth.