Ephrata sweeps Selah to end regular season

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  • Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Ephrata sophomore Rylee Peters celebrates with her teammates after sweeping Selah on Thursday at Ephrata High School.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Ephrata junior Kamryn Shannon awaits the pitch in the second game of a double header Thursday against Selah at Ephrata High School.

  • Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Ephrata sophomore Rylee Peters celebrates with her teammates after sweeping Selah on Thursday at Ephrata High School.

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    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Ephrata junior Kamryn Shannon awaits the pitch in the second game of a double header Thursday against Selah at Ephrata High School.

EPHRATA — Ephrata softball ended the season on a high note, notching a pair of wins against Selah last night in a doubleheader.

The Tigers opened a wide margin in the first inning, going up 5-0. Ephrata never looked back, walking away with a 13-3 walk-off victory after just six innings.

On the mound, Rylee Peters finished with nine strikeouts, allowing 3 hits for the Tigers. Paige Wood and Jacey Heston both finished 3-for-4 from the plate, combining for five runs. Wood added 2 RBIs. Jocelyn Eisen finished 2-for-4, notching a two-run homer. The lone senior for the Tigers on Senior Night, Paige Davis finished the first game 2-for-4, with one run and one RBI.

Ephrata finished Game 1 with 13 hits and 3 errors. Selah finished with 3 hits and 7 errors.

The Vikings didn’t surrender the lead in Game 2 until the bottom of the 6th. Up 3-2, Ephrata scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to pull ahead before closing the game out in the top of the 7th.

Head coach Heather Wood was proud of the fight she saw out of her team in the second game of the evening.

“We’ve got a very young team,” Heather Wood said. “They haven’t had to battle like that before, so for them to come out of that and win, it’s really good.”

Eisen finished with 10 strikeouts from the mound for the Tigers, surrendering five hits. Eisen also went 2-for-4 from the plate, with one double, two runs earned, and one RBI. Paige Heston also went 2-for-4 in Game 2, with a double.

Ephrata surrendered just one error in the nightcap, with seven hits. Selah finished with five hits and six errors.

The Tigers finish the regular season with a record of 18-2, 11-2 in league play, heading into the district tournament. Heather Wood said after the game that she feels very good about how her team is performing going into the postseason.

“They’re making that turn and ready to keep going,” she said.

Senior Paige Davis played her last regular season game for the Tigers tonight.

“It sucks,” Heather Wood said. “She’s been a four-year starter for me. It always sucks to lose your seniors.”

Ephrata will enter the postseason as a Top 2 seed. The Tigers first game is set for May 11 at Carlon Park in Selah.

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