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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Sept. 24, 2023

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4A softball: Battle Ground wins twice to clinch state tournament berth

State-bound Skyview suffers first two losses of season

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

Brooke Rausch belted two home runs and Rylee Rehbein struck out 25 over 13 innings pitched as the Battle Ground softball team won twice Saturday at the 4A bi-district tournament to clinch a return berth to the 4A state tournament.

Rehbein and Rausch hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning, sparking the Tigers to a 5-1 win over Decatur in the morning loser-out game at Kent Service Fields. Rehbein allowed one run on four hits with 15 strikeouts.

Battle Ground clinched a state berth with an 11-1 win over Tahoma.

After the Bears tied the game with one run in the fourth, Battle Ground broke the game open with a six-run fifth inning. Rausch opened the rally with a solo home run. Makenzy Newton capped the inning with a three-run home run.

Rausch went 4 for 6 with two home runs, a double and two RBI over the two games.

SKYVIEW FALLS TWICE: With their ace pitcher sidelined with an ankle injury, the Storm could not outslug their foes on Saturday, losing twice on Saturday.

Skyview (22-2) fell to Emerald Ridge 9-5 and then to Rogers-Puyallup 11-7.

Star pitcher Maddie Milhorn rolled her ankle late in a state-clinching win on Friday. She did not play in either game on Saturday.

Addy Harmier went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI and Maddi Scull also homered as the Storm lost in the bi-district semifinal to Emerald Ridge.

In the third-place game vs. Rogers, Skyview rallied from an early 6-1 deficit to tie the game 6-6 after three innings. But then Rogers scored five times in the fifth to pull away.

Scull went 2 for 4 with a double, Emma Kauffman was 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Dylan Yates hit a home run for the Storm, who hope Milhorn will be ready to return for state next week in Richland.