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Omak slugs Brewster

Pioneers reach district semifinals

— Omak High School’s softball team shook off a 3-run home run to eliminate Brewster, 7-3, in a loser-out district game Tuesday.

“I am proud of this group,” Omak coach Rick Duck said. “After that 3-run home run, they could have gone south. But they are good at regrouping and getting back after it. They don’t stay down long.”

“The tale of the game is in the stats, again,” Brewster coach Rick Miller said. “We out-hit many of the teams we played this year (8-5 over Omak) and came up a little short. We left eight on base this game (Omak left 6) because we couldn’t get the hits we needed at critical times. Omak did a great job hitting in crunch time.”

Back-to-back singles with two outs by Omak’s Madison Reed and Rhaney Harris scored Kori Jackson (walked) and Sidney Ables (fielder’s choice) for a 2-0 Omak lead after two innings.

Brewster’s Vanessa Terrones and Miriah Sonneman singled in the bottom of the third, before Markie Miller homered over center field. The ball sailed past several apple trees, or about 40 feet beyond the 210-foot outfield fence.

Omak put the game away in the sixth.

Kara Keaton singled and Lexi Dawson entered as a pinch runner. Dawson slid into third on a single by Nashoni Boyd. An overthrow to third got Boyd up and running to home, where a throw was dropped by the catcher allowing Dawson to score the tying run.

Jackson reached on an error that allowed Boyd to score. Jackson and Ables, who both were on by a walk, each scored on a single by Rhaney Harris.

Madison Reed walked, moved to third on a single by Harris and scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Makisha Zacherle for Omak’s final run.

Coach Duck said he’s gotten great play from his bench of late, with Dawson being the latest star.

Ables, the team’s designated hitter, also shined in an earlier game, he said.

The bottom of Omak’s lineup also came up huge, with hitters No. 6 through 9 driving in six of Omak’s seven runs.

The teams met three times during the regular season, with the Bears taking 2-out-of-3 games and outscoring the Pioneers, 33-23.

Duck got Harris to mix up her pitches, especially after Miller’s hit. The rest of the way she allowed only one more hit and struck out 5. Harris finished with 9 strikeouts and 3 walks while giving up 8 hits and 3 earned runs.

“She did a good job keeping them off balance,” Duck said.

Miller gave up 4 earned runs on 5 hits while striking out 10 and walking 6.

Miller struck out 203 this season in 20 games.

Omak (11-9) took on league champion Okanogan (18-2) in the second round of district play Saturday. The final round Saturday would determine three berths to the bi-district tournament that starts May 24.

Omak (7) – Zacherle RBI, SB, BB; Kruse SB, BB; Keaton 1-4; N. Boyd 1-4, R; Jackson 2R, RBI, SB, 2BB; Ables 2R, BB; Reed 1-2, R, RBI, BB; Harris 2-3, 3RBI, SB; Dawson R.

Brewster (3) – Terrones 2-3, R, SB, BB; Baker 1-3, BB; Sonneman 2-4, R, 2SB; Miller 1-4, R, 3RBI, HR; Guzman 1-3; Cazares 1-1, BB.

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BRIDGEPORT – Lake Roosevelt edged Bridgeport, 14-13, in a slugfest Tuesday in North-Central Washington B League softball.

Game statistics were not available.

In other games Tuesday, Pateros smacked Manson, 19-0; Liberty Bell ran over Oroville, 16-0.

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