The third inning was detrimental to the Ellensburg High School softball team last weekend in its 19-6 loss to Othello High School. Othello scored 16 runs with the help of six walks and a couple Ellensburg errors.

But this time, the third inning worked in the Bulldogs favor.

Ellensburg scored 10 runs in that inning alone to drub Prosser High School 14-0 on Tuesday. Ten of the Bulldogs 15 hits came in the third.

“The third inning has been our nightmare this year,” said head coach Scott Gant.

Gant had conversations with the girls of their struggles of late and that it’s still early in the season to turn things around.

Ellensburg (2-4, 1-2 CWAC) snapped a four-game skid.

“We needed that after our loss to Othello,” said Morgan Olin. “It was nice to finally get one. … I think we focused a lot more on playing as a team instead of playing like as individuals.”

The bats were scalding, but so was the pitching display from freshman Victoria Zimmerman.

Zimmerman tossed a complete game allowing no runs, two walks, two hits and struck out four batters. She was also 2-for-4 at the plate with a RBI and stolen base.

Prosser (3-3, 0-1 CWAC) only had four runners in scoring position.

It was the first shut out of the year for the Bulldogs.

“She did a great job today — threw strikes,” Gant said.

The torrid third inning commenced with Tess Polacek reaching first on an error. Mackenzie Egan followed with a double over the right fielder’s head. Morgan Rogers loaded them up with an single, and Maddie Kennedy-Colson made the score 5-0 with a single up the middle. Maggie Bedsaul followed, bringing in two more runs with a triple to left center.

Zimmerman and Olin each added RBI singles, and Morgan Rodgers later had a bases-clearing double to push Ellensburg’s advantage to 13-0.

“There’s not really a week spot in the lineup,” Gant said. “They can all hit.”

Ellensburg tacked on four runs in the second inning. With two runners on, Bedsaul used a soft single in shallow right field to score both. The two other runs were scored on a Prosser error.

Bedsaul finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Rogers was 2-for-2 with three RBI. Kennedy-Colson went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Prosser’s Ashley Ripplinger had her team’s only two hits. She had a single and a double.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a double header at Wenatchee on Thursday. First pitch is at 4 p.m.


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