BREWSTER Markie Miller struck out 12, but needed to hit a walk-off grand slam to gain a 13-9 win over Omak in a Caribou Trail League softball game Tuesday.
“If you are a softball fan, this was a fun game to watch,” Omak coach Rick Duck said. “Both teams played well. We battled all the way.”
Omak broke up a no-hitter by Miller after five innings with seven runs in the top of the sixth for a 7-4 lead.
Omak’s Mariah Kruse, Kara Keaton and Rhaney Harris each singled in the big inning.
“It’s the best game I’ve seen her throw,” Duck said of Miller. “I was happy with the way we swung the bat and ran the bases. It’s tough to come up on the short end of a game like this, but it will pay off down the road for our young team.”
Brewster retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth with four runs before Omak, which started four freshmen and two sophomores, went back on top, 9-8, in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Vanessa Terrones reached base on an error before Whitney Baker and Miriah Sonneman walked to set up Miller’s winning homer on a 1-2 count.
“The kids adjusted to the pitching and executed in difficult situations,” Brewster coach Rick Miller said. “A walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh is always exciting.”
Markie Miller walked three and gave up eight hits.
Omak’s Rhaney Harris struck out five, walked eight and gave up eight earned runs.
Both teams committed two errors.
Tonasket (1-6 overall, 0-1 league) is at Omak (3-4, 1-2) and Brewster (2-4, 1-0) is at Okanogan (4-1, 1-0) on Tuesday.
Omak (9) — Ken. Duck 1-4, R, RBI; Kruse 1-3, R, RBI, SB; Keaton 2-4, 2R; Boyd 2-4, 2R, 2 2B, 4RBI; Harris 1-3, R, SB; Jackson 1-2, 2B, R, RBI, SB; Zacherle 2SB.
Brewster (14) – Terrones 2-5, 3R, RBI; Baker 2-4, 3R, RBI; Sonneman 1-3, 2R, 2RBI; Miller 1-2, 2R, 5RBI, 3BB; Carrillo 2-3, 2RBI; Cazares 1-4; Guzman 1-3; Vargas 1-4, 2R; Reyes 1-3.
TONASKET – Okanogan blasted Tonasket, 14-0, in a one-hit, five-inning Caribou Trail League girls softball game Tuesday.
“It was good to get the first league game under our belt,” Okanogan coach Darin Radke said. “We had trouble adjusting to the speed of the pitcher early because it was so different than the non-league games we had had.
“But as the game went along, we adjusted and started hitting the ball harder. That seems to be a characteristic of this team I like. They make in-game adjustments to the pitching and by the second or third time through the lineup we start to hit the ball more consistently.”
Okanogan’s Makenzie Norwill struck out 14 (out of 16 batters faced) and walked one.
“We had one of our best games this season,” Tonasket coach Emily Rimestad said. “We lost in runs, but we proved to ourselves that we can compete. We kept Okanogan to three runs the first inning, shut them out the second, two runs in the third and fourth then six runs in the fifth.”
Tonasket’s Vanessa Pershing struck out two.
Centerfielder Selena Cosino had three putouts.
“For a young team, we are doing OK,” Rimestad said.
Brewster (2-4 overall, 1-0 league) is at Okanogan (4-1, 1-0) and Tonasket (1-6, 0-1) is at Omak (3-4, 1-2) on Tuesday.
Okanogan (14) — Brooklyn Bauer 2-3; Cameron Moses 1-3; Norwill 2-3, 2B; Keeley Morris 2-4; Kendra Bryson 2-3.