SILVERDALE — It took all seven innings, and plenty of hits and runs, but Kingston won its second softball game of the season when the Buccaneers pulled out a 14-13 win against the Klahowya Eagles Monday in a non-league game at Klahowya.
Bucs coach Joe Schiel said the majority of work he’s put in with his young players is helping them to build confidence and getting them to believe in themselves. Schiel is starting four sophomores, two freshmen in his nine-man lineup but said the win could give the players the boost they need to persevere through the rest of the season.
It was the Buccaneers first win since they beat Quilcene 14-8 in another non-league game on March 14.
Sophomore first baseman Brandy Boure said getting another win felt good and they can focus on the rest of the season. Boure had a solid day at the plate, getting three hits in five plate appearances with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored.
“I never usually hit that well in games,” she said, adding she hits well in practices so she was glad to produce when she needed to as the Bucs hope to continue seeing progress.
Kingston (2-6) threatened to score early but Klahowya pitcher Emily Devine got out of a jam when she got a strikeout and a fly out to right field in the first inning. The Eagles (1-5) then came out in the bottom half of the inning and scored on a Sarah Greene RBI triple followed by an RBI single by Paityn Becar for a 2-0 lead.
From that point on the two teams turned up the hitting.
Kingston scored six runs in the second inning on six hits, two Klahowya errors and two walks. One of those hits came on a two-run home run by Lauren Wadley, her first of the season, that clipped the top of the left-field fencing and went out of play. The Eagles scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to a two-run double by Shae Stevens, to close within 6-5.
Klahowya would chase the Buccaneers until the bottom of the fourth. Down 10-7, the Eagles used a two hits, two Kingston errors, and two passed balls to take an 11-10 lead.
Klahowya coach Jodie Gagnon said she was pleased to see the fight in her players for all seven innings.
“We’ve come a long way,” she said. “The first three or four games it wasn’t there.“
The Buccaneers didn’t wait to take the lead back. In the top of fifth Kingston scored three runs — including Boure’s two-run double, for a 13-11 lead. Kingston held Klahowya scoreless in the bottom of the fifth and the sixth before the Bucs tacked on its final run in the top of the seventh.
The Eagles made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh, down 14-11.
With one out, Brianne Williamson singles, Sarah Greene hit into a double-play attempt as shortstop Wadley threw to second to get Williamson and Greene wound up safe at first. An error put Becar at first and Greene at second with the winning run at the plate. Radford then hit a double that scored both runners to make it a one-run game. But the Bucs held on as Klahowya’s final batter grounded out to first to end the game.