Cougars run-ruled by Senators in sectional semis


Trinity Lutheran’s softball season ended its season with a 12-0, five-inning Sectional 61 semifinals loss to West Washington Monday.

After a scoreless first inning, the Senators (14-7) put two runners on with a pair of singles. With two outs, a walk loaded the bases for the Senators before Gracie Ables scored on an error by the Cougars at shortstop.

An avalanche of runs then buried Trinity, as the Senators racked up 11 in the third inning.

Two Trinity errors, one in left field and one at third base, led to the Senators’ Destiney Neafus crossing home plate. Ables then hit a line drive to left field for an RBI before Hayden Cress singled to add another run.

Following a strikeout by freshman pitcher Kamzi Gross — the second out of the inning — the wheels fell off for the visitors.

A single and walk re-loaded the bases for the Senators. Cress then scored on a passed ball before Neafus smashed a grand slam over the center field fence to put the Senators up 9-0. Following a single from Kassy Keltner and double from Taylor Foutch, Ables stepped back up to the plate and homered to left field.

The Cougars got two on base in the fourth, but weren’t able to score.

In the fifth, two strike outs and fly out end the game.

Trinity had four total errors in the game, and was outhit 10-3. Savannah Harweger, Genesis Munoz and Bailey Reynolds each recorded hits for the Cougars, which finished 3-for-18 at the plate as a team.

Gross finished with three strikeouts and three walks in four innings.

Harweger and Sidney Hoene graduate from the Cougars’ program.

The Cougars finished 9-10 overall under first-year coach Bob Tabeling.