Kingston softball picked up its fourth straight mercy rule victory, defeating Central Kitsap 14-4 in six innings March 22.
Kingston’s starting pitcher Audrey Rienstra threw a complete game, including holding the Cougars down in the first inning. The Buccaneers crossed the plate in the second inning when Jayla Moon had an RBI single to score Josephine Castillo.
The Cougars earned a run in the top of the third inning with a sacrifice fly to right field. However, Kingston’s bats remained alive.
“Our offense speaks to the fact that we have a lot of players that play year-round,” coach Brenda George said. “We also have coaches dedicated to focusing on the mental game and have players go up there confident and do what they can do.”
Nevaeh Sullivan earned two more runs for Kingston with a single, scoring Teagan Stanford and Kiera Chaussee. Both teams picked up a handful of runs in the fourth inning to make it 5-3 Kingston.
However, Castillo extended the gap with a bases-clearing triple to score a couple of runs. Moon, Chaussee and Sullivan also picked up multiple RBIs in the fifth inning to give Kingston an 11-4 lead.
In the sixth inning, Kingston swung at every first pitch thrown. Luckily, the game plan worked and the Bucs scored the final three runs within a matter of minutes. Natalie Morse, Cadence Robles and Stanford were the final runs to cross the plate.
“You can’t coach athletic ability but you can coach rules, situations, how to approach,” George said. “At the end of the day, they did it and confidence is huge to it.”