It was almost a game of Centralia’s outfield versus Tolton’s pitching.
Despite being shut-out 5-0, Tolton had to work to get hits through the gloves of Centralia’s out fielding trio of Kalin Finlay – left field, Lynsie Curtis – center and Carter Hawkins right.
Paige Bedsworth, Tolton’s junior right hander, kept Centralia off the scoreboard by throwing 13 strikeouts with her rise ball, which coach Taylor Bartlett said often hit the low 60s, and giving up no hits.
Olivia Hombs struck out four for Centralia while giving up eight hits.
Despite winning 5-0, Bartlett said it was not an easy game and complimented Centralia’s defense. “Your left field, Kalin Finlay, she’s a great player. She made one diving catch and almost had another one.”
He said the came to Centralia expecting a contest and got one. “We were in a slump tonight. Contrail’s a great ball club and this program has a great tradition. You’re alway wary about their speed and their ability to slap the ball. They play really good softball up here…”
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.