Puyallup's bats come alive in big win against Curtis

Vikings score seven runs in first inning, defeat SPSL South rival 13-3

Staff writerApril 9, 2014 

Puyallup’s Emily Ensrud connects with a base hit against the Curtis Vikings in a South Puget Sound League South Division fastpitch game last Wednesday. Puyallup finished the game with 13 hits in a 13-3 victory.

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The Puyallup Vikings made a statement against the visiting Curtis Vikings in the bottom of the first inning last Wednesday.

Puyallup sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs, and the Vikings (4-1) cruised to a 13-3, five-inning victory at Puyallup High School.

Marissa Miller fanned eight Curtis batters and allowed just four hits in four innings to get the win. Freshman Abagail Cotchaleovitch pitched the final inning and surrendered just one hit.

“It’s always nice to jump out on top of a team early like that,” Puyallup head coach Tony Batinovich said. “We were hitting the ball hard and ran the bases pretty well.

“(Curtis) made a couple of mistakes, and we took advantage of it. It’s nice to get a seven-run lead, and then see what happens after that.”

Brooklyn Bartelson had two hits and two RBIs, and Cotchaleovtich had a two-run triple in her only at-bat. Puyallup finished with 13 hits.

“I was happy to see our bats come around a little bit for us,” Batinovich said. “Everybody got in and contributed today. That’s what you want to see.

“We have been scoring runs, and even though we had a big first inning, it was nice to see us score in a few other innings, too.”

Batinovich said he’s been impressed with Miller’s proficient work on the mound during his team’s games over spring break.

“Marissa had a one-hitter earlier this week against Spanaway Lake,” he said. “She is just starting out really strong for us right now.”

The Vikings will face Emerald Ridge and Rogers this week.

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