YAKIMA — It wasn’t an ideal start for Jazzy Pryor at the plate. The Kittitas Secondary School softball senior wasn’t pleased with her first two at bats (strikeout and popup) and was also not in the right mindset, so Kittitas head coach Nate Phillips decided to sub Pryor out for her next at bat.

But he gave her one more crack at it to redeem herself in the bottom of the seventh inning tied 7-7 versus Toutle Lake High School in the first round of the 2B WIAA state softball tournament at Kiwanis fields in Yakima.

With one out and a runner on second, Pryor hit a hard ground ball up the middle past the shortstop to score Haley Allemand for a walk-off to advance into the second round, 8-7.

“I didn’t really expect it, I kind of surprised myself,” Pryor said. “My last two at bats were kind of moderate and kind of got upset and wasn’t holding it together very well.”

Pryor has been in this scenario before, but not often. This was one of the biggest stages for her and she capitalized. Sometimes a quick breather is all you need to recollect your thoughts — or in Pryor’s case, a break from the offensive side.

“Sometimes you need to sit for one and watch somebody else have an at bat,” Phillips said. “She’s more than capable, so knowing that she can come through — and she came through. It should be huge for her moving forward as well.”

It also wasn’t a smooth start for the Coyotes (21-5) with Grace Allphin on the mound. They trailed 2-0 after the top half of the first inning on a few miscues from the defense.

Kittitas responded with one run in the bottom half of the inning, as Madigan Webster got on base from an infield error and later scored from third on the catcher’s pickoff attempt to first.

In the third inning, Toutle Lake’s (18-7) bats came alive, getting a lead off-walk and rallying three straight hits to push its advantage, 4-1. It tacked on two more runs on a fielders choice and an RBI single.

But Tory Coates switched the momentum on Kittitas’ next at bats. Webster and Payton Hyatt each got on base with one out, and Coates tagged one over the left field wall for a 3-run shot to cut the deficit, 6-4.

It was the junior’s first home run in high school.

“I know that my teammates were really excited for me in that way, too, so I think that just pushed us forward even more,” Coates said. “It’s really exciting, I know that it will always be a memory of mine. It started something that helped us compete and finish that game.”

Did the atmosphere change?

“Yeah, you could just feel that everyone was all of a sudden a lot more excited and wanting to compete and just going out there and doing their job and having more fun,” she said.

Kittitas and Toutle Lake exchanged one run each in the fourth. Khloe Carpenter came in to pitch for Allphin and yielded a run on a hit-by-pitch, and Kittitas got an RBI from Hyatt.

Carpenter shut down Toutle Lake the rest of the way and the Coyotes slowly inched their way back.

In the sixth inning, Lainey Allemand took a lead-off walk and on her stolen base attempt, a throwing error put her to third base. Autumn Miller quickly knocked her in with a line drive single up the middle, 7-6.

Then in the following inning, Kittitas used speed to its advantage, especially with Webster who, like Allphin, is notorious for causing opposing teams difficulty on the base paths.

Allphin started it with an infield base hit and then moved to second on a stolen base. Webster popped up, but it was dropped and Allphin was thrown out on her attempt to third, but Webster advanced to second. Hyatt moved Webster to third on her ground out, and then Webster scored on a wild pitch to tie it, 7-7.

“Maddie (Webster) scored runs without us having to drive them in,” Phillips said.

Harley drove a double to the gap to set up Pryor’s walk-off.

“It was definitely something that’s very good for her, because she needs that and it’s a definite confidence booster which I think will be great for her, too, going on through out the rest of the tournament, too,” Coates said of Pryor’s hit.

Kittitas played Colfax High School in the 7 p.m. game and won 13-3 to advance to the semifinals. The Coyotes will take on Pe Ell/Willapa Valley High School at noon today.

Highlights vs. Toutle Lake: Autumn Miller 3-for-4, RBI; Grace Allphin 3-for-4, stolen base; Madigan Webster 2-for-4; Tory Coates 1-for-3, 3-run home run; Jazzy Pryor 1-for-3, RBI walk-off.

Highlights vs. Colfax: Madigan Webster 4-for-4; Payton Hyatt 3-for-3, two home runs, 5 RBI; Harley Allemand 2-for-4, 2 RBI; Autumn Miller 2-for-4, 2 RBI.

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