CHS softball title dreams end, plus high school state baseball/softball scoreboard

Time now for a recap of yesterday’s high school baseball and softball action, leading off with CHS softball.

Cedarcrest softball out of title contention, but still alive at 2A tournament
The dreams of the Cedarcrest High School softball ladies of winning a state title came to an end yesterday, as they were on the short end of a 20-13 second-round slugfest against R.A. Long of Longview at the WIAA’s 2A state softball tournament at Carlon Park in Selah. In their opener, the Red Wolves escaped with a 7-6 win over Selah, and in their nightcap last night, CHS bounced Forest Ridge/Bear Creek, and their local pitcher, Snoqualmie’s Colleen Campbell, out of the tournament with a 5-1 win. FR/BC, with girls from the two private schools located in Bellevue and Redmond, fell to W.F. West of Chehalis and beat Sedro-Woolley in their other two games yesterday.

CHS continues play today at the tournament.

Scoreboard for Kingco and Cascade softball and baseball teams at state:

Softball
WIAA 4A State Tournament, Spokane
Skyline 6, Curtis (Tacoma) 0: Lauren Lo homered, and that was enough for pitcher Caroline Bowman, who pitched a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 12, as the Kingco champs shut out the Vikings in their opening game.

Woodinville 5, Jackson (Mill Creek) 2: Olivia Reiner was 2-4 with a run scored and RBI to lift the Kingco’s Falcons to the opening-round win over the Timberwolves from Snohomish County. Lauryn Rhinehart went the distance for Woody, allowing two runs on nine hits, striking out nine.

Rogers (Puyallup) 11, Redmond 1: The girls from Puyallup knocked the Kingco’s Mustangs into the loser-out bracket with the first-round blowout win; Sasha Killings led Rogers, homering as part of a 4-5 effort with five RBI’s. Kiki Milloy was 1-3 with an RBI leading Redmond.

Snohomish 6, Skyline 3: Despite a Bowman homer, the Wesco Conference’s Panthers solved the Spartan junior ace and dropped Skyline into the loser-out bracket. Alyssa Simons and Rylie Wales both homered for Snohomish in the contest. Bowman pitched a complete game, allowing all six Snohomish runs, five earned, on 10 hits, striking out six.

Woodinville 6, University (Spokane) 1: Rhinehart was dominant yet again in the circle for the Falcons as they moved into today’s semis against Snohomish with the win. She allowed one run on eight hits with six strikeouts in a complete game effort, and her performance was aided by a number of solid hitting performances from Falcons offensively, including a three-hit effort from Paige Grover. She tripled and scored a run to pace Woody.

Redmond 17, West Valley (Yakima) 2: Redmond took their frustrations from their opening-round loss out on the Rams from Yakima, as they rolled in five innings to knock WV out of the tournament. Milloy and Rachel Robinson homered for the Mustangs, with the pitcher going 3-4 scoring four runs and driving in two more to pace RHS.

Skyline 7, Central Valley (Spokane) 5: Skyline roared back from a 5-0 hole with seven sixth-inning runs to survive last night’s game and move into today’s final day of play. Bowman and Lo both homered for the Spartans with each driving in two runs.

Redmond 8, University (Spokane) 7: The Mustangs held off the Titans from the Spokane Valley to move into today’s play, backed by a pair of doubles, two runs scored and four RBI’s from Mara Kipnis. Redmond meets Richland this morning in another loser-out game.

3A State Tournament, Lacey
Juanita eliminated with two close losses: The Rebels were tough-luck losers in both of their games yesterday, 1-0 to Kelso in a pitcher’s duel, and 2-0 to Auburn Mountainview in another pitcher’s duel. Pitcher Lisa Nelson went the distance in both games, allowing an unearned run on three hits with nine strikeouts against Kelso and two runs, one earned, on four hits with 11 strikeouts against the SPSL’s Lions.

LW into today’s final day of play: Lake Washington went 2-1 yesterday, with an opening-round 10-0 win over Prairie followed by a tough 3-2 loss to Meadowdale. In the win over Prairie, Tori Bivens did it all, pitching a no-hitter and striking out 10, and at the plate she was a single short of the cycle (she doubled, tripled and homered) with six RBI’s. LW spotted the Mavericks three runs in the second and couldn’t recover, despite a 3-4 performance from Kylisa Hull. The Kangs then rebounded and took care of AMV in their nightcap 5-1 on the strength of homers from Hannah Walker and Marissa Ewald and eliminated the Lions. They meet Glacier Peak from Snohomish this morning.

1A State Tournament, Richland
Sultan moves into today’s final day of play: The Cascade Conference’s Turks represented their league well yesterday, going 2-1 and advancing to today’s play. Sultan opened with a 7-1 win over Kiona-Benton from nearby Benton City anchored by Shelby Jeffries, who, as she’s done quite a bit this season, turned into a one-girl wrecking crew. She went the distance, allowing an unearned run on five hits striking out 16 in the circle, and at the plate homered and doubled twice as part of a 4-5 effort, scoring a run and driving in two more. Jeffries struck out 13 more in the Turks’ game against Deer Park, but could not get any run support in a 3-0 loss to the Spokane-area team that dropped Sultan into the loser-out bracket.

Sultan rebounded last night with a 7-3 win over Colville and knocked the girls from northeast Washington out of the tournament as a result. Jeffries hit two homers, including a grand slam, driving in all of the Turk runs, and in the circle allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits, with eight strikeouts.

Baseball
Skyline to compete for 4A title: Dax Kringle singled to score Kyle Strash in the ninth, breaking a 4-4 tie and lifting the Skyline Spartans to a 5-4 win in their 4A baseball semi over at Gesa Stadium in Pasco sending the Kingco squad to today’s state championship game. Strash and Connor Knutson both had three hits for Skyline, who meets Kentwood in the finals today.

Woodinville falls to Conks: Skyline ideally would have loved to face their Kingco rival Falcons, but Woodinville ran into a brick wall known as Kentwood ace pitcher Jordan Jones, who fired a complete-game one-hitter to lift the Conquerors, who won the Puyallup regional that Mount Si played in last weekend, to a 9-0 win. A.J. Schramm had the lone hit for Woodinville in the contest. Jones, in addition to the one hit he allowed, struck out four to get the win.

LW to compete for 3A title: There will also be a Kingco rep in the 3A final, as LW also needed nine to win their semi. Matt Scheffler reached on an error in the ninth, and that miscue by Tri-Cities’ Southridge enabled Austin Lively to score, breaking a 4-4 tie and giving the Kangs a hard-fought 5-4 win over the local boys from Kennewick. Lively went 3-5 with two runs to lead LW, who meets Lakeside of Seattle in the finals at Gesa later this afternoon.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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