Monday, May 8, dawned on the 2B division in fastpitch softball with several teams' fates still undecided. The Cardinals of Winlock, the Chinooks of Kalama and the Toledo Indians all were playing in games that had major playoff implications. First off, the Cardinals would face the Indians. A game that, if won, would keep Winlock in control of its playoff destiny.
The previous meeting was decided by only four runs with Toledo the victor. Toledo's sophomore pitcher, #4 Kylie Holmes, would get the call on the mound for the Indians against sophomore Jenna Jones pitching for the Cardinals. In the end, the back-and-forth game was decided by only two runs with a final score of 11-9.
Holmes picked up the win for the Indians and the Cardinals were left to hope for things to go in their direction in other games.
Holmes had an outstanding day at the plate batting as well as a good outing pitching. She scored in the first inning, had a double in the third inning, a stand-up triple in the fifth inning, a double in the seventh, and finally was intentionally walked her last at bat, also in the seventh inning.
Jones also had a good day at the plate, scoring for the Cardinals in the second inning and managing hard hit balls in other at bats. However, the offensive highlight for Winlock was in the fifth inning when they hammered away at the plate for four runs, breaking the tie and taking the lead 6-2 coming out of the inning. Three of the runs were off of senior Hannah Randle's in-the-park home run.
Jones and the Cardinals narrowly avoided disaster in the sixth inning, managing to get an inning-ending double play on a throw from the pitcher to the catcher to first base, when the bases where loaded and it looked like Toledo was threatening.
However, Toledo seemed to figure something out that inning and came out big time in the seventh. Opening the inning with a double from Holmes followed by a triple and then another triple, the Indians walked back out on defense in the bottom of the seventh with a stunning 11-6 lead, despite Jones picking up seven strikeouts throughout the course of the game.
Winlock earned three runs back in their last at bat, but still fell by the score of 11-9. Immediately after this game Winlock bounced back, defeating Rainier 18-6 in what was an absolute must-win. This plucky bounce-back win, combined with Kalama falling to Napavine, put the Cardinals into District play where they were scheduled to face Adna on Monday, May 15, at 3 p.m. The same time that Toledo will face Ilwaco.