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State in sight for ’Dogs, Bears

Liberty Bell girls to play for state berth

— Okanogan and Brewster high school fastpitch teams remain alive for a berth to state following the District 6 tournament May 11.

Okanogan edged Brewster, 6-5, and Cascade topped Chelan, 5-3, in the district semifinals between Caribou Trail League teams.

Cascade raced past Okanogan, 11-4, in the championship game.

Brewster stayed alive by beating Chelan, 10-9, for the third and final berth to the District 6/7 tournament May 18 at Brewster.

Okanogan takes on Northeast 1A League No. 3 Riverside and Brewster takes on NEA No. 2 Kettle Falls in 10 a.m. games. Two fields are being used in Brewster.

Okanogan made too many mental and physical mistakes against Cascade, Okanogan coach Darin Radke said.

“Cascade took advantage and we never really recovered,” he said. “That’s why they have been so dominant in the CTL, they make you pay for not playing your best.”

The loss broke a 15-game winning streak by Okanogan.

“The good news is we do advance to bi-district and will have a chance to make it back to the state tournament,” Radke said. “We haven’t lost a game in a while so maybe this is a good thing, an eye opener that there is still work to be done.

“I still don’t think we have played our best softball yet this year, so that’s exciting as a coach that we haven’t peaked too early. ”

Okanogan (4) – Bauer 2-4, RBI; Norwill 1-4, 2B; Carrillo 1-4; Marchand 1-3; Moses 1-3, 2B, 2R; Harris 1-3, R; Oules RBI; Huner 1-3, R; Morris 1-1.

“We had to battle the whole game” against Brewster, Radke said.

Brewster led 3-1 after the first inning before Kelsey Chiles hit a grand slam to put the Bulldogs in front 5-3 after two innings.

“We played well enough to win; we just couldn’t get the runs across the plate,” Brewster coach Rick Miller said.

The Bulldogs led 6-3 into the sixth when Brewster, which outhit Okanogan, closed to the final score.

“Brewster fought hard and they have definitely improved this year,” Radke said. “All three games have been close and hard fought.”

Brewster (5) – Hammons 1-3, 2R, HR, RBI, SB; Sonneman R; Leaver 2-3; J. Carrillo 1-4, RBI; Mariscal 2-3, R; Burgett 1-2, 2B; Terrones R; Churape SB.

Okanogan (6) – Bauer BB, R; Chiles 3-4, 2B, HR, 2R, 4RBI; Norwill 1-3, RBI, BB; Carrillo 1-4; Marchand BB; Harris BB; Oules 2BB; Huner 2R, 2BB, 2SB.

Jessie Hammons led the Brewster charge against Chelan, going 5-5 with 3 doubles.

The game was tied, 9-all, when Allie Burgett produced a clutch double to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

Hammons drilled a double to score the winning run.

Brewster (10) – Hammons 5-5, 2R, 3 2B, 4RBI; Sonneman R, RBI; Terrones 1-1; Miller 1-3, 2RBI; Leaver 1-4, RBI; J. Carrillo 2-4; Harmier 1-3, 3R; L. Carrillo 1-3, R; Mariscal 2-4, 2RBI; Burgett 1-2, 2B, 3R.

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WINTHROP – Liberty Bell High School swept Lake Roosevelt, 13-3 and 16-6, in the final doubleheader of the season May 11 in the North Central 1B/2B League.

The 2B District 6 tournament was to start with loser-out games May 14 in East Wenatchee.

Oroville was to play Bridgeport and Lake Roosevelt was going against White Swan.

The winners continue with games starting at 3 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Sterling Sportsplex, 600 N. James Ave., East Wenatchee.

The north 2B No. 1 seed, Liberty Bell, and south No. 1, Kittitas, were to play winners of the Tuesday games.

Three state 2B berths are up for grabs.

In the 1B tournament, Pateros was playing in a district tournament with Waterville and Soap Lake for two berths to the regional 1B tournament Friday, May 17, at Ellensburg High School, E. Second Ave.

The regionals games start a 2 p.m. for two berths to state.

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KETTLE FALLS – Cusick eliminated Curlew at the 1B District 7 tournament May 11.

Curlew led 6-5 after three innings before giving up 6 runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Cusick outhit Curlew, 20-7.

Haleigh Gibson and Alyssa Goree each hit doubles for the Cougars.

In the other play-in game, St. Michael’s topped Wilbur-Creston, 10-5.

In the opening round of the double-elimination tournament for three berths to a regional tournament, St. Michael’s beat Wilbur-Creston, 10-5, and Selkirk nipped Almira/Coulee-Hartline, 2-1.

In the championship game, Selkirk beat St. Michael’s, 7-4.

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