Softball on the brain on this Thursday…..

Good Thursday morning. We’ll have baseball and more on deck. First, though, a look at softball, and last night’s college and high school action of note. Our high school scores and stats, all from Kingco 2A/3A today, come from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store. A reminder as well and that is both Cedarcrest and Mount Si are away today – CHS at Granite Falls, and MSHS at Newport. Weather permitting, the two games happen this afternoon, Cedarcrest’s first pitch is at 4:00 and Mount Si’s is 30 minutes later at 4:30. Newport’s field is artificial turf by the way so that game likely will take place regardless of any weather issues.

Now to the scores.

College
Central Washington holds off California foe in extras: Central Washington University’s ladies made it down to northern California last night for their tournament this weekend, and opened their trip with a hard-fought 4-3 win in nine innings over Cal State Stanislaus, the host school for this weekend’s Tournament of Champions event, in Turlock, CA.

Both of CWU’s Valley players were factors as well. Senior Kailyn Campbell, from Duvall and a 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad, was 1-5, but that one hit came at the most important time – the ninth – as her single scored teammate Rachael Johnson with what turned out to be the game-winning run. Junior Celine Fowler was 0-3, but the 2014 MSHS alum from North Bend drove in a run in the eighth inning to open the extra-inning efforts for CWU.

Central starts tournament play tomorrow and it will run through the weekend.

High School
Liberty 13, Sammamish 3: The Patriots rolled to the five-inning mercy rule win over the Totems in a battle of the two 2A squads in Kingco 2A/3A at Liberty High School in Renton. Taylor Thatcher and Sydney Baity both homered for LHS, with Thatcher finishing the day 2-4 with two runs scored and four RBI’s, while Baity was 2-3 with a triple in addition to her homer, a walk, three runs scored and two RBI’s. Samantha Garcia pitched a complete game three-hitter, allowing the three Sammamish runs, just one of which was earned, striking out six. Jaylin Cabales was 1-3 with a run scored to pace the Totems.

Mercer Island 12, Bellevue 11: It was quite the wild finish yesterday at South Mercer Playfields, as the Islanders won the Kingco 2A/3A battle in dramatic fashion. Maddie Rowe finished 1-5 with an RBI, but she made that hit count for MI, as the Islander hit a game-winning triple in the bottom of the seventh to score Natalie Wilson with the walk-off run and complete a comeback from two runs down starting the frame, a comeback which was needed after the Wolverines scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to take an 11-9 lead. Stuart Buxton was 3-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s for Bellevue, while Camryn Steiner hit three triples as part of a 4-5 effort, scoring twice and driving in five to lead the Islanders.

Lake Washington 27, Interlake 0: Not a misprint here, this was the actual final score in Kirkland for the Kangs as they blasted the Saints in a Kingco 2A/3A clash behind senior Tori Bivens. Bivens arguably could be viewed as the best player in Kingco 2A/3A this spring, and she showed why yesterday. She hit three homers, including a grand slam, as part of a 5-5 effort, scoring five runs and driving in eight leading L-Dub. But others also contributed, such as Olivia Smallman, who also homered as part of a 3-4 performance; she also doubled, scored three runs and drove in three more. In all, LW racked up 26 hits, and pitchers Bivens and Jane Wilson benefited from all the run support. Bivens pitched four innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine, and Wilson finished things off in the fifth, walking one and striking out two without allowing a hit or run. Avery Alexander and Rachel Lotzkar had the hits for Interlake.

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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