Colville ties for fifth at State

By: 
Chris Rader
Staff Writer

The Colville Indians went into the season with a team goal of winning a state title, and on Friday after a 10-1 win over Kiona-Benton and a 12-1 victory over NEA rival Chewelah, the Indians were in position for a shot at that state title.
On Saturday CHS was unable to play as flawless as they had on Friday. A pair of bad innings contributed to an 8-1 semifinal loss to La Center.
The Indians then had trouble with their NEA nemesis Lakeside in a 6-2 loss in the consolation bracket semifinal that ended Colville’s season.
“We competed well on day one, but we were plagued with a few errors on day two that cost us,” said Indians head coach Maria Swinger-Inskeep.
The margin of error is always small when competing in a state championship tournament and on day one Colville was up to the task.
“On Friday we hit very well and played pretty much flawless ball,” said coach Swinger-Inskeep, “but on Saturday against La Center we had two rough innings that ultimately hurt us, but we competed very well.”
While the ultimate goal was not attained, Swinger-Inskeep feels that it was a successful tournament.
“Overall I was proud of the girls and their effort this weekend. They can hold their heads high and know that they represented CHS well.”

Vs. Bears

It was a busy weekend for the Indians at the state tournament, game one had CHS matched up against Kiona-Benton (14-8, 10-4) and Colville started out quick against the Bears. A two run first inning put the Indians up early on K-B starter Taylor Monk, and a four run third would give Colville starter Gracie Schauls all the cushion she would need to pitch Colville to the 10-1 victory.
Schauls pitched all seven innings, allowing no hits and striking out 18 batters, while driving in three runs on three hits as well. Hallie Cox also had a big game for Colville with three hits and three RBI as well. In total the Indians had 10 runs on 15 hits and no errors, while K-B had one run on no hits and made four errors.

Vs. Chewelah

Game two saw CHS matched up against Chewelah (19-7 10-4), who knocked off previously undefeated Cle Elum-Roslyn in their opening round game. While the Indians were excited to face a known opponent there was a certain danger to it as well according to coach Swinger-Inskeep, “Playing teams multiple times in a season can be hard because the more they see your pitcher, the more they are accustomed to her style, but our girls came out and just hit the ball and never let up.”
A six run second inning followed up by a six run third gave CHS control over the game and they cruised to a 12-1 victory.
Gracie Schauls pitched all five innings, striking out eight and allowing three hits. Kaitlin Petrey and Makayla Weimer both had two hits for the Indians, while Weimer, Daisy McKern and Alyssa Fisk all had two RBI in the victory. In all the Indians had 12 runs on nine hits and one error, while JHS had one run on three hits and made four errors.

Loss

Day two saw Colville’s fortunes reversed, in an 8-1 loss to defending state champions La Center Wildcats. Colville faced off against La Center (12-10, 6-0) in their state semifinal game and for the early innings the Indians held their own, but in the bottom of the third inning with CHS leading 1-0 a few costly errors allowed the Wildcats to take a 3-1 lead, while in the fifth a grand slam by Caitlyn Thompson gave LHS control of the game with a 7-1 lead.
Abby England capped the scoring with a long home run to center in the sixth, England also pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, striking out 11 and allowing the single run.
In total, CHS had one run on seven hits and made four errors, while LHS had eight runs on eight hits and made two errors.
Colville now needed to win against another NEA foe to get into the 3/4th place game in the consolation bracket, this time the opponent was the Lakeside Eagles (21-6, 13-1). Colville once again broke out with an early 1-0 lead, but LHS took the lead with a three run third and added three more in the late innings to take the 6-2 victory.

Seniors

The Indians graduate three key seniors off this season’s team and their leadership and talent will be greatly missed, coach Swinger-Inskeep had this to say about the Colville seniors, “Hayden Hartman was rock solid at third base, with consistent play and rarely an error, Alyssa Fisk was a great defender in the outfield and showed great leadership when we needed it, and of course Gracie Schauls will be missed. It’s not often that an all-round player and leader like her will come through your program, and they will all leave gaps to be filled next year.
“I look forward to seeing who will fill those roles and I am encouraged about the continued future of our program.”

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