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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Taft ace Coulter shuts down Warrenton in Senior Night playoff win

The Tigers honor lone senior Caitlyn Rundstrom prior to the game (Photos by Justin Werner)

Taft junior starting pitcher Emma Coulter struck out nine in five shutout innings Thursday for a 10-0 Special District 1 softball playoff victory over visiting Warrenton that virtually ensured the Tigers a home game in the Class 3A State playoffs.

Taft junior Emma Coulter

“We came out pumped up and ready to play today,” Taft coach Sandy Stuart said, as the team honored lone senior Caitlyn Rundstrom on Senior Night. “Emma threw the ball well and we were relaxed as hitters.”

Sophomore Kayla Lininger drove home three runs on two hits, and joined Coulter and sophomores Claira Tolan and Kyla Knott with two runs each as the Tigers scored once in the second inning, six times in the third and three more in the fourth en route to the win.

Taft senior Caitlyn Rundstrom

“We were able to honor Caitlyn tonight as well,” Stuart said. “She has been an athlete in Lincoln City her whole life. She has been a varsity softball player for three seasons here at Taft and helped us to the playoffs.”

“She loves playing,” Rundstrom’s mother, Mandi, said. “She’s been playing since she was 5. Its great to come to her games and see her enthusiasm.”

Rundstrom drove home two runs in the win. Coulter, her sister, Olivia, Lininger and junior Corey VanDamme all doubled for Taft.

The victory, coming in five innings due to the state’s 10-run mercy rule, improved the sixth-ranked and third-place Tigers to 17-8 overall and ended the Warriors season at 7-16.

“Now, we have to wait until Saturday to find out where all the rankings freeze at and to know who we play Wednesday in the first round,” Stuart said.

Sophomore Kyla Knott connects for the Tigers

Taft 10, Warrenton 0

WARRENTON          AB  R  H BI  TAFT              AB  R  H BI
A Miethe            3  0  1  0  Hailee Danneker    3  1  1  1  
D Bue               3  0  1  0  Addie Gates        4  1  0  0  
J Freniere          2  0  0  0  Emma Coulter       3  2  2  1  
R Dyer              2  0  1  0  Kayla Lininger     3  2  2  3  
K Ramsey            2  0  1  0  Olivia Coulter     3  0  1  1  
M kadera            2  0  0  0  Claira Tolan       2  2  0  0  
B Quaschnick        2  0  0  0  Kyla Knott         3  2  1  1  
L Thomas            2  0  1  0  Corey VanDamme     2  0  1  1  
M Kapua             2  0  0  0  Caitlyn Rundstrom  1  0  0  2  
TOTALS             20  0  5  0  TOTALS            24 10  8 10

WARRENTON                     000 00 --  0  
TAFT                          016 3x -- 10 

LOB--WARRENTON 5, TAFT 7. E--M Kapua (4), B
Quaschnick. 2B--Kayla Lininger, Olivia Coulter, Corey
VanDamme, Emma Coulter. HBP--Claira Tolan. SACF--Hailee 
Danneker. SB--Hailee Danneker.

 WARRENTON                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
M McFadden                3.00    6    7    6    1    1    0
A Miethe                  0.33    2    3    2    2    0    0
M kadera                  0.67    0    0    0    0    0    0
 TAFT            
Emma Coulter              5.00    5    0    0    0    9    0

WP--A Miethe (2), Emma Coulter (2). SO--A Miethe, M Kapua
(2), L Thomas, J Freniere (2), M kadera, K Ramsey, B
Quaschnick, Claira Tolan. BB--Caitlyn Rundstrom (2), Corey
VanDamme.

 

 

Jim Fossum
Jim Fossumhttp://SilverandBlackToday.com
Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.

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