The Zootown All-Stars just keep rolling.
Missoula took both of its Senior Softball Western Regional games easily on Saturday, winning against Washington 24-3 in the afternoon and 8-0 against Oregon in the evening at the Dale Clawson Complex at Playfair Park.
Missoula manager Kevin Miltko gave a lot of the credit for both wins to pitcher Kendall Rauk.
“Kendall came out really strong for us,” Miltko said. “When we get the big blonde out there she just mows them down.”
Rauk pitched a scoreless 11 innings for Zootown, giving up only six hits and fanning 16 between both contests. Rauk said she just wanted to have some fun with it.
“I just threw loose out there and knew what our team was capable of,” Rauk said. “I’d say we all caught and hit pretty dang good today.”
The win puts Zootown at 4-0 and tied for first overall in the pool round of the tournament. Zootown heads back to Playfair Park on Sunday to play Hawaii at 9 a.m on field seven and Southern California at 6:15 p.m on field nine in the third day of pool play.
Zootown took control of its first game early by lacing 15 runs in the first three innings. They got their bats started thanks to Adessa Gagner.
Gagner reached first and later stole home after Washington attempted to pick off Holly Hale at second base, giving Zootown its first score.
A strong second inning gave Zootown some space.
Rauk started it off for Missoula with an RBI single to score Sierrah Hardy. Hannah Hirning scored shortly after on a Washington throwing error.
Gagner kept up her scoring ways with a line drive RBI single. Macey Newbary ended the run with an RBI single to put Zootown up 5-0 after two innings.
Zootown broke the game wide open in the third inning, forcing three pitching changes by Washington.
A series of singles from Hirning, Rauk and Joclynn Haran began the inning. Washington pitcher Hannah Harris couldn’t get her control down, letting both Hirning and Rauk score on wild pitches. Gagner smacked an RBI double to left field to score Haran for an 8-0 lead.
Washington changed to Azena Aumiller to deal with the top of Zootown’s lineup but it wasn’t very effective.
Hale lined an RBI double on Aumiller’s second pitch. Callie McKillop unleashed a high fly that made it past the outreached glove of Washngton’s center fielder to score another two runs for Zootown.
Washinton moved to pitcher three in the inning with a little more success. Hirning, batting for the second time in the inning, dropped in a sacrifice to score a run for Zootown. Rauk reached on an error to let Hardy score another.
After reloading the bases once more, Washington walked in a run and Newbary hit an RBI single before a Jaime Schafer fly out ended the hour-long affair.
Zootown continued to put up runs in the fourth and fifth inning, tallying nine more off a series of six RBI singles, two runs that were walked in and one that came in off a throwing error. Washington got on the board with two outs in the fifth inning courtesy of a Tiffany Becker three-run double to break the shutout.
Zootown brought its solid pitching into the next contest, but its offensive prowess cooled a bit in the 8-0 win over Oregon.
Newbary wrecked a change-up that floated in front of the plate to begin the game, sending it way past the center field wall to put Zootown up 1-0.
After a quiet second inning, Quincy Preston helped lead off the third with a hustling triple to right field. Preston’s effort paid off at the next at-bat when Newbary lined a single into the same spot to put Missoula up 2-0.
Newbary continued to drive Zootown’s offense in the fifth. She shot a two-run single down the right field line to bring in Gagner and Preston to put Missoula up 4-0.
Zootown put some distance in the score in the sixth inning.
Kaylee Rosenbaum reached base on a bunt that rolled perfectly down the third-base line to get on. Gagner helped bring her in on a bouncing single. Preston followed up the score with an RBI double.
Newbary cracked an RBI single directly after and later scored after forcing an errant throw on a pickoff attempt to give Missoula its fourth run of the inning and final of the game.
“I’m really happy to be sitting 4-0, but that Southern California team, that seems to be where it’s always at,” Miltko said. “I’m pretty sure the whole tournament will be coming out to watch that game. We play a real tough Hawaii team in the morning, but should be a fantastic game for the nightcap.”
Zootown 24, Washington 3
Zootown 14(10) 45 – 24 16 2
Washington 00 0 003 – 3 5 7
W – Kendall Rauk. L – Hannah Harris.
Zootown – Maggie Miltko 1-2, Macey Newbary 2-5, Hannah Hirning 2-3, Kendall Rauk 2-3, Joslynn Haran 1-3, Adessa Gagner 1-2, Taylor Holmes 1-1, Meggie Delaney 0-1, Frankie Schwenk 1-1, Jamie Schafer 1-2, Sierrah Hardy 1-2, Callie McKillop 1-3, Kaylee Rosenbaum 1-2, Holly Hale 2-3, Quincy Preston 0-1.
Washington – Serena Shieer 1-3, Zena Aumiller 1-2, Katie Kay 0-1, Tiffany Becker 1-3, Rilie Robertson 0-3, Ellyn Parsons 0-1, Peighton Campbell 0-1, Kendal VanLaar 0-2, Tori Gottschalk 0-2, Leah Mobley 0-2, Kennedy O’Mahoney 2-2.
2B – McKillop, Hale, O’Mahoney, Becker. RBIs – Becker 3, Miltko 2, Newbary 2, Hirning 2, Rauk 2, Haran, Gagner, Holmes, Schwenk, Schafer, McKillop 2, Rosenbaum, Hale 2, Preston.
Zootown 8, Oregon 0
Oregon 000 000 0 – 0 5 2
Zootown 101 024 0 – 8 18 1
W – Rauk. L – Domiguez.
Oregon – Oates 2-3, Weinke, S 0-2, Weinke, B 0-3, Dominguez 0-3, Wilson 1-3, Roe 1-3, Walker1-3, Holman 0-3, Willingham 0-3
Zootown – Newbary 4-4, Hirning 0-1, Gagner 2-4, Holmes 0-1, Delaney 2-3, Schwenk 1-3, Schafer 2-4, Hardy 0-3, McKillop 2-4, Rosenbaum 1-4, Hale 1-1, Preston 3-4.
3B – Preston. HR – Newbary. RBIs – Preston, Newbary 5, McKillop, Rosenbaum.