GILLETTE, Wyo. — Douglas County Fastpitch is still in the running to win the ASA Western Nationals, but the team will have to win four back-to-back games today.
“I got this group of kids two years ago and we pulled off seven wins back-to-back at state that year,” head coach Brad Deaver said. “So it’s very possible.”
The team was undefeated at state this year, and also swept the competition at regionals.
But the competition at the ASA Western National is tough.
Douglas County Fastpitch lost its first game Friday, 13-10 to undefeated Belmont, California.
Justine Bringhurst was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in the game. Mikayla Moyers went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI, Alexis Westbrooks was 2-for-4 and Skyler Coate was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
“The strike zones are really tight,” Deaver said. “Belmont is undefeated and even they were having trouble with it.”
Douglas County Fastpitch went up 4-2 after the first inning, but in the second inning Belmont grabbed the lead and held on to win the game.
Because the Douglas County team lost its first game it had to play one more game Friday before advancing to Saturday’s elite eight.
DC defeated Central Wyoming Fusion 14-4 in the afternoon game.
“We’re 3-1 right now in the Western National,” Deaver said. “There are four undefeated teams at the top and then there’s us at number five.”
Brittney Deaver pitched four innings for the win and gave up one run and two hits. She struck out five before she was relieved by Moyers, who gave up four hits and one earned run in the final innings.
Coate went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, while Moyers was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Westbrooks was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.
Chanel Stewart was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Mikala Dupper 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.
The team gets to play against Adrenaline White of Rocky Mountain, Colorado, for the second time in the tournament at 11 a.m. today.
The last meeting between the two teams, Thursday, ended in a 10-9 victory for Douglas County Fastpitch.
“We’re going to battle,” coach Deaver said. “We’re still in it and we’ve been going at it for four years.”
Douglas County Fastpitch would play again at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. The opponents for those games would depend on results from the early games.
The tournament is down to the final eight teams with only the championship game on the schedule for Sunday.