EPHRATA – The Ephrata Tigers softball teams is on the outside looking in for a playoff bid after being swept by the Selah Vikings.
The first-place Vikings shut out the Tigers 14-0 in game one of their doubleheader at Carlon Park on Tuesday. Selah kept up the pace in game two with the help of a 13-run first inning, on the way to a 19-2 rout.
Ephrata kept the Vikings scoreless through the first inning of the opener, but the combination of walks, hit batters, four doubles and a home run let Selah pile up 14 unanswered runs.
The Tigers struggled on offense, managing four hits in the loss.
Selah came out swinging in the second game, batting through the lineup and posting 13 runs in the bottom of the first. They added five more in the second inning before Ephrata finally got on the board.
Tigers' infielder Kourtney Jones hit a solo home run in the top of the third, but the Vikings countered with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Infielder Haley Chapman hit an RBI double that scored catcher Rebecca Helsley in the fourth, but Selah held Ephrata scoreless in the fifth to close it out.
Infielder Brooke Basaldua was one of five Tigers with base hits in the second game, going 2 for 2.
Ephrata is seventh in the Central Washington Athletic Conference 2A standings, one game back of Prosser for the final playoff spot.
The Mustangs have four home games remaining in their regular season, two with the Wapato Wolves on Thursday and two with the Othello Huskies on May 10. Othello is currently in second place, two games back of Selah, while Wapato is a game ahead of Prosser for fifth place.
The Tigers have nine days to rest up for their season finale with the winless Toppenish Wildcats on May 12 at the Ephrata Softball Complex.
To clinch the final playoff spot, Ephrata must sweep their doubleheader and Prosser has to lose three of their four games.