Peninsula’s weekend seemed to have a little bit of everything: a blowout win, blowout losses, a late-inning nail-biter, and unfortunately for Pirate fans, a losing streak by Saturday afternoon.
The Pirates bombarded Edmonds for an 8-0 win in their conference opener March 21 behind strong pitching of Sierra McCoy and Kelly Henderson’s bat.
Henderson, a 5-foot, 7-inch freshman shortstop from Port Angeles, ripped three hits — including a double and home run — and drove in three runs while McCoy kept the Tritons at bay with nine strikeouts, two walks and two hits allowed in seven innings.
Kayla Ralston added a double in the win.
“I was extremely happy with the way the girls played this first game,” Peninsula coach Heather Sankey said. “One of the goals that we set for ourselves was to not make any errors and we accomplished that. Our bats took a little while to come alive but eventually they did and our base-running was outstanding.”
In the nightcap, however, Edmonds edged out a 5-3 win, coming back from a 3-2 deficit to score a run in the top of the sixth and two in the top of the seventh.
Sindi Morrison took the loss for Peninsula in relief.
Henderson drove in two runs and was 1-for-4 at the plate while Sam Flett added two hits.
The Pirates out-hit Edmonds 8-5 but committed three errors.
“This game should have been ours,” Sankey said. “I don’t know if we were over confident and got lazy or if we just couldn’t hit.”
Edmonds’ Sara Laush had two home runs in the Triton win.
On Saturday, Everett simply dominated the field, winning the doubleheader by a combined 41-1 score.
In the first game, the Trojans ripped Pirate pitching for four home runs — two by Jenna Kirksey — and toppled Peninsula 25-1, scoring 14 runs in the fifth inning.
McCoy took the loss.
Ralston was the lone bright spot after hitting a fourth-inning home run. Flett had the only other Peninsula hit.
The Pirates committed seven errors in the loss.
In the nightcap, Everett scored six runs in the first inning and dropped the Pirates 16-0.
The Trojans out-hit Peninsula 12-4 and took advantage of six P.C. errors.
Flett, Ralston, Missy Minor and Bethany Holt had the Pirate hits.
“Obviously, (Saturday) was not a good day for the Pirates,” Sankey said. “I am however, very pleased with how the girls carried themselves. They never once got down and unlike our opponent stayed extremely classy and poised; that to me goes further than what any scoreboard may say.”
“They never once got down and unlike our opponent stayed extremely classy and poised. That to me goes further than what any scoreboard may say.”
— Peninsula coach Heather Sankey
(as of March 23)
Team Conf. Over.
Bellevue 2-0 6-2
Everett 2-0 4-5
Edmonds 1-1 1-1
Shoreline 0-0 1-11
Skagit Vly. 0-0 3-3
Peninsula 1-3 3-8
Olympic 0-2 1-3