SECTION B — THE OTHELLO OUTLOOK — THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011
Softball ends with successful trip to state By Bob Kirkpatrick Editor
At the beginning of the season, coach Rudy Ochoa set two goals for the Lady Huskies: Make it to the state tournament and go as far as they can once they arrived. Mission accomplished as the team won three of five games, falling just one win shy of bringing home some hardware. “We finished with a 3-2 record, which was good enough for a fifth-place tie,” Ochoa said. “The young ladies faced some great opponents and they came to play ball.” Othello 15, Port Angeles 5 Othello entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed from regionals and drew Port Angeles in the first round Friday morning, May 27. The Lady Huskies got rolling right off the bat as they scored 10 runs in four innings while holding the Lady Rough Riders scoreless. “We came out and put up six quick runs in the first inning and put Port Angeles down very quickly,” Ochoa said. “They had only lost two games all season to Sequim (the eventual state champions). That gave the girls all kinds of confidence and they played error free ball and hit the ball nicely.”
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See Softball, Page B3 4 Alyssa Martinez receives congratulatory hugs from Joanna Quezada and Jasmine Gallardo after belting the first of two home runs against Port Angeles in round one of the state tournament Friday, May 27.
Kirkwood heaves javelin into wild blue yonder
By Eric LaFontaine Staff writer
Weisner, from Clarkston, threw a personal best 147 feet, placing her in the top 15 in the nation. “It was the farthest throw ever by a non-Kirkwood at the state meet,” Johnson said. Kirkwood and older sister Courtney have won the state 2A javelin title for six consecutive years. “For seven years, we (coach Nate and I) have gotten to tag along as both Courtney and Christine have done amazing things. Each time they stepped on the runway, something special could, and often times did, happen,” Johnson said. “It was bittersweet watching Christine prepare and throw for the final time. We have been extremely lucky to watch her develop as a thrower and as a person. It’s exciting to think of what lies ahead for her … she gives 100 percent to everything she does, so very good
things are in store for her.” Kirkwood also placed fifth in the discus. O’Connell finished eighth in the high jump, earning a spot at the podium. “Once again, Tana went into the competition with no fear and really did an excellent job of just going out and doing what she knew she could and not being intimidated by the atmosphere,” Johnson said. “It is very exciting to think we get Tana for another three years. She is a great athlete who has a lot of potential and now knows she can compete at her best in the biggest moments.” Hannah Hayduk, sophomore, was selected as a second-team vertical jumper and an honorable mention hurdler on the CWAC All-League team. Kirkwood was a first-team selection in the throwing events.
The Lady Huskies returned from the WIAA state track meet last weekend with one state champion, senior Christine Kirkwood, and a rock solid performance by freshman Tana O’Connell. “We had a great weekend in Tacoma,” coach Justin Johnson Courtesy photo said. “The kids all competed very After amassing a 15-0-4 record the past two seasons, the Cobra Strike soccer team has been invited to participate in the well and have a lot to be proud of.” Champions League, one of the premier leagues in the Pacific Northwest that includes the top teams from Oregon, Idaho Kirkwood brought home her and Washington. Pictured in top row from left are coach Tony Dinaro, Landin Fillipini, Amos Crossingham, Micah Mason, third straight javelin title, clearAnthony Smith, Landon Chang, Nathan McDonald and Miguel Rodriguez. Bottom row from left are Gianluca Dinaro, Nick ing 167-09 and setting a new McDonald, Zack Stocker, RJ Stretch, Devin Hauenstein and Isai Zuniga. Not pictured is DJ Gorman. meet record. “Once again, she had four throws over 160 feet, which brings her total to 14 throws in the last month and a half over the 160-foot tude. He was disappointed he didn’t ever had but still found himself mark,” Johnson said. “This is very Good attitudes make the finals but was content in at the back of the pack ... once impressive throwing.” knowing he had done everything again, we saw what kind of comThe second-place finisher, Jaime and hard work he could for the past year to do his petitor he really is,” Johnson best,” Johnson said. “I really en- said. “He made up his mind that hallmarks of joyed working with Tony this sea- he didn’t care how much it hurt. the season son and we are going to miss his He was going to go after as many By Bob Kirkpatrick leadership, work ethic and person- guys as he possibly could. In the Editor By Eric LaFontaine end, he ended up passing four.” ality at practice next spring.” Staff writer Johnson was impressed all year Estrada will attend Marquette The Classic Golf Course in University, Milwaukee, Wis., in with Garza’s hard work. Spanaway played an unyielding The Othello boys track team the fall and hopes to compete at “More often than not, he ran host to the CWAC and district sent two runners to the WIAA the collegiate level. by himself in practice because of champion Othello Huskies as the state meet last weekend at Mt. “His training has already start- how talented he is,” Johnson said. team finished 10th at the state Tahoma High School in Tacoma. ed and with his desire and work “He still pushed himself every day tournament May 25. “They both (Tony Estrada and ethic, I know he is going to do even though he didn’t have someSam Para tied for 25th place Alan Garza) race excellent rac- everything he can to make that one standing there telling him to. with a two-day total of 163. Jared es,” coach Justin Johnson said. He should be very proud of what Kummer (167) and freshman team,” Johnson said. Estrada, a senior, finished 11th Garza, a senior, ran another gutsy he accomplished this season.” Colton Hall (172) finished 34th in the 400-meter event. He was race, setting a new personal record Senior Adrian Garcia was the and 38th. Trevor Salsbury didn’t the fastest in his two preliminary by 12 seconds in the 3200-meter only Othello Huskie to be rec- make the cut for the second round. Courtesy photo heats but came up short of mak- event. He finished 14th with a per- ognized on the 2011 CWAC All“We traveled to the toughest ing the finals. League team, earning a honorable sonal best of 10.02.07. Trevor Salsbury tees off in first round action at the state tournament at The Classic “Tony always has a great attiSee Boys Golf, Page B2 4 Golf Course in Spanaway May 24. Salsbury missed the cut to advance to round two. “He went out harder than he mention in the throwing events.
Seniors finish track season at state
Huskie boys end year with unexpected finish
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The Othello Outlook – Thursday, June 2, 2011 B3
Softball: The team falls just one game shy of its goal to make a deep run in the state tournament and bring home a trophy
From Page B1 Port Angeles pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning to close the gap to 10-3, then held Othello off the board until the top of the sixth. But the Lady Rough Riders gave up four more runs to the Huskies in the top of the seventh, while only scoring one more run in the loss. When the final numbers were tallied, Othello scored 15 runs off 21 hits to Port Angeles’ five runs off five hits. Alyssa Martinez was the big
5 and Anica Garza who had two for all the hard work the team put in over the season. hits in three plate appearances. But things were looking pretty bleak for the Huskies as North Sequim 14, Othello 7 Eight softballs left the yard Mason jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second game of the day. in the top of the first inning. Unfortunately, only two of them Othello got one back in the botwere off the bats of the Lady tom of the second to close the Huskies as Othello took one on gap to 7-1. The Lady Bulldogs racked up the chin against Sequim. “They can absolutly hit the another run in the top of the third ball,” Ochoa said. “They knocked to go back up by seven, but the out six home runs against us. Huskies’ bats finally came alive Their two big hitters, Ryleigh as the team scored five runs in and Maddy ZBeroschak, hit two the bottom of the inning to get each. Ryleigh knocked one out within two at 8-6. The team held batting left-handed and the other North Mason scoreless for the batting right-handed. But our next three innings while scoring Lady Huskies didn’t give up and a run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game made a run of our own.” Down 12-3 heading into the 8-8. Othello scored five more bottom half of the sixth inning, runs over the sixth and seventh Othello scored four runs to close innings while holding the Bullwithin five, but the Lady Wolves dogs to one run to win 13-9 and answered back with two in the top advance to the next round. “The girls came out very of the seventh to increase their lead to 14-7. The Lady Huskies sluggish at the beginning of were held scoreless in their last at the game after being beaten by Sequim and falling behind bat in the bottom of the inning. The loss dropped the team into early,” Ochoa said. “But they the consolation bracket to face showed a lot of heart and started to peck away at the lead. North Mason. Miranda Martinez led the way They finally tied it up in the for Othello going 2-for-3 at the fifth inning and took the lead plate with a double. Bullis took for good in the sixth.” Speed on the base path was the the mound for the Huskies. Rodriquez came on in relief in the key to the victory. “Our quickness on the bases fifth inning. The two gave up 14 helped us more than anything,” runs off 16 hits. Ochoa said. “Once the girls knew they could run on the catcher, it Othello 13, North Mason 9 The pressure was cranked up was a great boost.” Lindsay Garza led the Othela notch for the third contest of the day as Othello needed to put lo’s offensive attack, going 3-forPhotos by B ob K irkpatrick together a three-game winning 3 at the plate with two home runs. Brenda Rodriguez receives the sportsmanship award in the first game of the state streak to have a chance to play for Bullis went 4-for-5 with two doutournament against Port Angeles. third or fourth place and a trophy bles and Miranda Martinez had stick for the Lady Huskies with two home runs, one of which was a grand slam in the seventh inning to add a little more cushion for the team. Brenda Rodriguez went 3-for-4 at the plate, with a double. Kim Bullis, the Lady Huskies’ starting pitcher, was 3-for-5 with a triple and tossed a solid game, limiting Port Angeles to five hits. Rounding out the offensive attack for Othello were Joanna Quezada 3-for-5, Miranda Martinez 2-for-4, Lindsay Garza 2-for-
two hits in five attempts. Bullis, the pitcher of record for the Lady Huskies, went the distance, giving up nine runs off nine hits. Othello committed four errors in the game. North Mason had two miscues. Othello 5, West Valley 4 The fourth game of the tournament got underway at 10 a.m. Saturday morning when the Lady Huskies faced West Valley from Spokane. As in the two previous games, Othello found itself trailing early after a two-run home run in the second inning by Jess Mitchell and another run in the third gave the Lady Eagles a 3-0 lead. “West Valley went undefeated through their regular season and lost once to Selah in the regional final. But the girls were ready for the challenge,” Ochoa said. “After being down by three runs, we came back to tie the score 3-3 in the bottom of the third.” West Valley bounced back to take the lead again in the top of the fifth 4-3, but Othello, not to be denied, answered the bell with a run of its own to knot the score 4-4 in their next at bat. The final run for the Huskies came in the bottom sixth for a 5-4 victory over the Lady Eagles. “With two outs and the bases loaded, Kim got a base hit to put us ahead,” Ochoa said. “West Valley’s leadoff batter in the seventh inning got an infield base hit, then was doubled out on a line drive to our first baseman Alyssa Martinez who caught the ball and dove to the base to finish the double play. Their last batter struck out to end the game.” Bullis went the distance again for Othello, giving up four runs off seven hits. Alyssa Martinez had the hot bat for the Lady Huskies, going 4-for-4 at the plate, Bullis was 2-for-3 with a double and Rodriguez finished with two hits in two at bats. Selah 7, Othello 1 The biggest upset of the tournament saw the CWAC district
champion and No. 1 seed from the regional tournament Selah Vikings lose to the No. 4 seed Ellensburg Bulldogs, sending the host team into the consolation bracket to face the Huskies in a loser out game. Both teams looked uncharacteristically inept as the pressure to win appeared, at times, too much for either to bear. “We’ve met too many times, it seems like, this year and this game was the closest of them all, 1-1 until the fifth when Selah went up 3-1 on a two-run home run,” Ochoa said. “Then the wheels came off as they hit two more home runs to end the game 7-1.” Othello had plenty of chances to score, leaving runners in scoring position in every inning, but was unable to come up with a timely hit and make a ball game out of it. A scary moment that could’ve put a damper on the whole tournament came about in the top of the sixth inning when the game was halted for several minutes after Rodriguez hit a line drive off the face of Vikings pitcher Carly Minnick. After being examined by the team doctor, she was escorted off the field and Selah’s ace Sierra Weedin came on in relief to shut the door on the Huskies’ season. “I thought we were peaking at the right time — our hitting, pitching and base running were all firing well this weekend,” Ochoa said. “But we ended our season 22-8 and I am very happy with the way the girls found the guts to come back after being down in several games throughout the year to make this a great and an unforgettable season. We accomplished our goal to make it to state and while there, we placed as high as possible.” Bullis, who pitched the entire game and got the bulk of the work on the mound in the tournament, gave up seven runs off 11 hits. Daisy Salgado led the way for Othello going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.
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Kim Bullis gets a base hit down the third baseline in the fourth inning against Selah Saturday. The Huskies lost the game 7-1 and were eliminated from the tournament.
The Lady Huskies gather just outside of their dugout to try and regain their composure after giving up five runs to Sequim in the fourth inning of Friday’s game.
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