Time now for a preview of today’s CHS district playoff softball game, with their season – and a trip to state – on the line…..

Well, time now for our preview of today’s big Cedarcrest High School softball game as they look to make a return trip to Selah and the 2A state high school softball tournament.

CASCADE CONFERENCE 2A SOFTBALL
NORTHWEST 2A DISTRICT TOURNAMENT – WINNER TO STATE, LOSER OUT
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES VS. SEDRO-WOOLLEY CUBS
JANICKI FIELDS, SEDRO-WOOLLEY, 4:00 FIRST PITCH
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Well, the Red Wolves are back today looking to make state despite stumbling Wednesday night against Lakewood. Five errors did not help issues any for Cedarcrest in their 7-4 loss to the Cougars in the district semifinals, which came after their dramatic walk-off win over Anacortes in which they held a big lead late, lost that lead – again thanks partially to defensive miscues – then had to have Katelynn Smith play the heroine hitting a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Seahawks in the opener.

So what we are going to discuss this morning are our keys to victory today for Cedarcrest in this one:

-Score early and often
-Minimize the mistakes

Score early and often: The Sedro club we find to be an interesting case study. They fell to Granite Falls in their only head-to-head matchup of the regular season with a Cascade foe, and played Kingco 4A champ Eastlake falling just 4-0 to the vaunted Wolves. But they smoked Lakewood 17-5 in a game that happened right around the same time the Cougars played CHS in Duvall back in April. And the Cubs advanced into this game outlasting Archbishop Murphy in a loser-out game at the district tournament Wednesday despite allowing 12 runs in that one. CHS can help their cause immensely we believe if they can put pressure early on Sedro pitcher Nicole Wright, who allowed all 12 runs, of which eight were earned thanks to three Cub errors.

Red Wolve bats as you all know are plentiful, and we’d look for all the big names to step up. Smith. Townley. Derieg. Carter (who by the way incase you have not heard, Red Wolve P/1B Michaela Carter this week was named as a WIAA Athlete of the Week for her efforts last week for Cedarcrest in their final games of the regular season). Beckett. Fox. Polacek. Plenty of others we can’t name here because we don’t have room. This lineup as you know is deep, and this lineup as you know is potent. They need to make Wright’s day a challenge immediately, and we believe they have the tools to do it.

Minimize the mistakes: Five errors against Lakewood, but they also had one in the Anacortes game, too. Got to cut that stuff out if they want to get this done. Part of why Murphy ended up losing to Sedro – well, they had seven errors in that game. Can’t make mistakes if you want to go places and the challenge for the Red Wolves, especially their infield and pitchers Derieg and Carter, is to minimize those mistakes, many of which probably are happening as a result of plays developing faster than expected. Hopefully, the girls worked on this in practice yesterday and will be ready for the conditions today.

Sedro’s got some good hitters, too – Megan Friend went 4-4 with two runs scored and an RBI against Murphy, and Hannah Forst tripled as part of a 3-5 performance in that game for the Cubs, scoring a run and driving in three. You think those two girls will be ready to pounce on CHS miscues? Oh, you’d better believe it. And they’ll have their friends, family and community alongside them too as the Janicki complex is on the west end of Sedro-Woolley’s downtown, just minutes from the high school. So a virtual “home field” advantage to be sure and that’s another thing CHS has to contend with. Mistakes in key spots will make this an even bigger factor.

So there you go. We tend to like the Red Wolves in this one as we think they have the deeper lineup and better pitching. But if they can’t follow the blueprint we’ve just outlined for you, then their season will end with goals unfulfilled and a future that perhaps won’t be nearly as successful as the past few seasons have been, as the landscape in Wesco’s going to be a lot tougher. And we mean a lot tougher the next two seasons.

CEDARCREST 6, SEDRO-WOOLLEY 5

So with that said, we expect CHS to move on and face the winner of Mountlake Terrace-Lynden in the third-place game. Mountlake and Lynden also compete in a loser-out game this afternoon. Considering the strength of Terrace’s offense, we like the Hawks and see CHS and MT engaging in a slugfest this afternoon. We’re going to take Terrace, though, because their depth has done a bit more damage against much better opposition within Wesco this spring. MT 7, Cedarcrest 6

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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