It was payback time for CHS softball
The Coleville High School softball team got it back.
It was payback time for the Wolves, who lost the NIAA/U.S. Bank Class A state championship to Smith Valley last year. They did all the little things right in the final this year, pulling out a 4-2 victory Saturday over their rival.
Coleville, which finished the season 18-5, beat Faith Lutheran 13-5 in the first semifinal game. Smith Valley beat host Alamo 11-1 in the other semifinal.
The two premier teams in the north found themselves where they expected to be Saturday afternoon, in the championship. Saturday’s victory gave the Wolves a 4-1 edge this year head-to-head.
The Wolves broke the ice by scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning.
Seniors Nicole Duffie and Jamie Walton hit back-to-back singles with one out. Lindsey Rudolph followed with an RBI-double, scoring Duffie. However, Walton was tagged out at the plate.
Coleville had an answer for every burst of momentum Smith Valley showed.
Smith Valley tied the game with one run in the top of the third, but Coleville answered with one in the bottom half of the inning.
Darrah Rich, also a senior, and Duffie hit back-to-back doubles with one out, with Rich scoring on Duffie’s hit.
Smith Valley pulled even again with another run in the top of the fourth, but Coleville scored what would prove to be the game-winning run and an insurance run in the bottom half of the frame.
Kourtney and Kelly Ferguson walked with two outs. Megan Rich then drove home both players with a double.
Walton picked up a complete-game win in the circle, giving up just five hits and no walks while striking out six. Duffie caught all seven innings.
Burt took the loss for Smith Valley, despite giving up only seven hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Megan Rich, a junior first baseman, finished with her double and two RBIs. Duffie went 2-for-2 with a double and Walton went 2-for-3.
Rich and Rudolph, a freshman shortstop, finished with their double and one RBI.
Darrah Rich, who pitched the first game and played center field in the final, Duffie, Walton, Rudolph, Megan Rich and Kelly Ferguson, who played second base, were all named to the all tournament team with Duffie receiving the Most Valuable Player honor.
“It was pretty exciting,” said Coleville coach Scott Bush, whose team finished 15-1 in the regular season. “We pretty much did (all year) as exactly we hoped we would.”
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