Softball on the brain….

Time now for a look at softball, first from the colleges, then a note from the high schools.

Central Washington 14, Concordia-PDX 3 (game one, doubleheader): The Wildcats rolled to the twinbill-opening win over the Cavs in Portland, and in the process locked up their second straight GNAC regular season title. Their Valley duo had a hand in it, too. Senior Kailyn Campbell, the conference’s best hitter, delivered again, with the 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad from Duvall going 3-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI’s to pace Central. Junior Celine Fowler, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was herself 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s. Campbell also recorded seven defensive putouts playing first base for the Wildcats in the contest.

Merrimack 11, Franklin Pierce (NH) 1 (game one, doubleheader): Senior Tamarra Crowe, from North Bend and a 2013 Mount Si HS grad, doubled and drove in a run for the Warriors as they recorded a win in the first of two with their conference rivals in New Hampshire.

Lynchburg 2, Roanoke 0: At the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament in Salem, VA, the Hornets blanked the opposing Virgi4nia team to advance; senior Lauren Smith, from Snoqualmie, was 0-2 with seven putouts in left field defensively for LC.

Merrimack 9, Franklin Pierce (NH) 0 (game two, doubleheader): Crowe went 2-3 with two runs as MC closed out the regular season with a nightcap win and doubleheader sweep. Crowe recorded two defensive putouts and helped the Warriors win their divisional title in the Northeast 10 Conference, and advance to the league tourney semis on Friday, which they will be hosting. They are currently 32-12 overall and 19-5 in conference play. They will likely need to win their tournament or at least their semifinal game to have a chance to advance to the NCAA Division II national tournament.

Emory & Henry 3, Lynchburg 0: Smith, in what might have been her final college game, went 0-2 for LC as they were eliminated from their conference tournament with this loss. LC’s current record is 29-15 and they will await word this coming week on whether they will make it to the NCAA Division III national tournament. If this ended up being her last game, it closed out a solid college career for the 2013 Mount Si HS grad. She played over 100 games in a Lynchburg uniform during her four years there, and finished with a .261 batting average, two homers and nine doubles among her 58 hits, 39 runs batted in, and 43 runs scored.

Concordia-PDX 9, Central Washington 5 (game two, doubleheader): A Campbell homer was not enough for Central as they fell in the nightcap and ended up splitting the pair with the host Oregon team. She finished 1-3 with a walk, two runs scored and that RBI, and Fowler was 2-4 with a run scored as well for Central. Campbell recorded eight defensive putouts at first base, while Fowler didn’t record any defensive stats in either contest playing center field. CWU is 33-11 on the season, 20-6 in league play and wraps up the regular season with two this afternoon against Western Oregon down at Oregon State University’s field in Corvallis.

High Schools
Valley athletes competing in local tournament: Two area girls’ club fastpitch teams with Valley athletes are competing in a big local tournament this weekend. The Kirkland-based Northwest Lady Bandits 14U, with Tolt Middle School’s Jessi Polacek, and the Snohomish-based Northwest Batbusters Seek 18U, with Mount Si High School junior Lauren Wilbourne and Cedarcrest High School junior Elaine Townley, are both participating in the Northwest Sidewinders tournament. Both teams went winless yesterday, with the Batbusters falling in their lone game and the Bandits going 0-3 including a pair of losses to Canadian teams. In those three Bandits games, Polacek went a combined 1-6 with a run scored. Action continues today.

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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