The Baker Valley Braves were no match for the Big Pine Warriors in either baseball or softball doubleheaders Friday afternoon.
By the time the dust had cleared, the Warriors had clobbered the Braves 10-2 and 11-0. The Lady Warriors overpowered the Lady Braves 19-2 and 22-2.
To the Braves’ credit, this is the first time since the late 1980s Baker Valley has fielded a softball team. With a bench of 20, the team has no where to go but up.
The Lady Braves got off to a good start with a run on three hits in the top of the first. They came back with their second run in the third inning, but that was all they wrote.
The Warriors responded with 3 runs in the first, 7 in the second and a whopping 9 runs in inning three.
Inning four was a stalemate; the game ended with the mercy rule after the top of the fifth.
“The girls are starting to swing the bat a little better,” said coach Bob Church. “But the big difference was that our pitchers didn’t give up a single walk in game one. That kept our defense on their toes and not back on their heels.”
Game two was another Warrior slugfest. Big Pine catcher Huvi Dewey set the pace with a 3 RBI double in the first inning.
Big Pine lead 8-0 going into the second inning; upped that with three more runs in the second.
Over the next three innings, Big Pine got some serious batting practice with five Warriors logging multiple hits.
The Braves managed 2 unearned runs in the top of the third. Baker errors and walks did not help the team effort.
By the bottom of the fifth, with a 20-point differential, the came was mercifully called.
“We still need to drive the ball more,” said Church. “We’re not getting enough extra base hits. The defense is starting to come around.”
Trisha Fortney: 4 innings, 7 strikeouts, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned
Kaity Barlow: 1 inning, 1 strikeout, 0 hits
Trisha Fortney: 2 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 3 stolen bases
Alicia Peterson: 1 for 2, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 2 walks
Alysha Carrington: 1 for 3, 2 runs, 3 RBI, 1 walk
Huvi Dewey: 4 walks, 3 runs, 3 stolen bases
Sheyanne Wilder: 3 walks, 3 runs
Trisha Fortney: 3 innings, 3 strikeouts, 2 hits, 2 runs 0 earned
Kaity Barlow: 2 innings, 1 strikeout, 3 walks
Huvi Dewey: 2 for 3 with a double, 2 runs, 6 RBI, 2 walks
Trisha Fortney: 2 for 4 with a triple, 1 walk
Alicia Peterson: 2 for 4, 2 runs, 4 RBI, 1 walk
Alysha Carrington: 2 for 3, 3 runs, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 stolen base
Sissy Root: 2 for 3, 3 runs, 1 RBI, 1 walk
Sheyanne Wilder: 1 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Karla Ambriz: 3 walks, 1 hit-by-pitch, 3 runs, 1 RBI
Kaity Barlow: 2 walks, 1 hit-by-pitch, 3 runs.
On the other side of the park, the Warriors were having an equally good doubleheader, limiting the Braves to two runs in game one and shutting them out in game two.
With Su-Ma Davis on the mound in game two, the Braves went three up/three down with two strikeouts and an out at first.
The Braves had to know they were in trouble when Jesse Chirrick, at the top of the lineup, turned a double into a triple, then scored on a Davis single. Like scoring dominoes, the Warriors kept coming. Micah Bacoch’s double scored Davis, Tyler Amisone’s double scored Bacoch. Amisone crossed the plate on a wild pitch giving Big Pine a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Big Pine’s Bacoch and Amisone scored on wild pitches to extend the lead 6-0.
Quick action by Bailey Chirrick kept a potential Brave double to a single. Two Davis strikeouts and a tagged Brave at second retired the side.
Big Pine had a 3-run fourth. Jesse Chirrick scored on a Davis double, helped along with Baker errors. Bacoch doubled in Davis, then scored on a wild pitch giving Big Pine a 9-0 lead.
The Warriors were good for two more runs and go 2-0 in Hi-Lo League play.
The Warriors host the Mammoth Huskies this afternoon at 3:15 p.m.