Diamond cuts from softball, and a look at today’s CHS softball district tournament action and our picks

Good Wednesday morning. Softball scores then we’ll preview the big Cedarcrest games at the Northwest District 2A tournament. Scores and stats from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A Semifinals: Woodinville 4, Inglemoor 2 – The Falcons scored all four of their runs to win their semifinal on Inglemoor’s home field in Kenmore and advance to the league title game tonight against Eastlake. The Vikings play Newport in a loser-out game; the Wolves beat the Knights in the other semifinal. Megan Taketa went 2-3 with a run scored and RBI leading Woodinville, while Riley Garcia went 1-3 with an RBI for Inglemoor. Both pitchers – the Vikings’ Taylor Waara and Falcons’ Rachael Rhinehart – went the distance for their teams, with Rhinehart getting the win allowing two runs on six hits, walking three and striking out 10.

Wesco 3A Semifinals (winner to state): Snohomish 8, Marysville-Pilchuck 6 – Pitchers Bailey Greenlee (Snohomish) and Lilianne Fischer (Pilchuck) have been among the best all season, but it was the bats that ruled the day last night for both sides as the Panthers punched a state trip with the win in Everett. Carmen Morrison homered as part of a 3-3 effort, scoring twice and driving in two more runs leading the Panthers while McKenzie Justice homered for M-P and drove in three runs. Chloe Morgan added a 3-4 effort with two runs scored for the Tomahawks while Taylor Khorrami doubled twice, scored twice and drove in another run for Snohomish. Greenlee was the winning pitcher, going the distance allowing just one of the six runs she gave up earned on eight hits, striking out 11.

Wesco 3A Semifinals (winner to state): Edmonds-Woodway 4, Everett 3 – Ed-Wood plated two in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie and hold off the Seagulls for a trip to state. Ciara Ortiz homered for the Warriors as part of a 2-3 effort, driving in two runs, and Megan Gordon went 2-3 with a triple, scoring a run and driving in a second, leading Everett. Mariah Woolery went the distance for E-W, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out four.

Wesco 3A Quarterfinals: Everett 6, Lynnwood 1 – Everett advanced to the above game with E-W behind Jazmine McMiller, who went 2-4 with a double and drove in three runs. Pitchers Andrea Hedington and Kassidy Millar combined on a one-hitter for the ‘Gulls, the two striking out a total of eight in the contest. Lauren Blue had the Royals hit and Abby Young scored the lone LHS run.

Wesco 3A Quarterfinals: Edmonds-Woodway 22, Arlington 2 – Ed-Wood advanced to that previously noted semi with Everett with an offensive display in their first game of the day at the tournament in Everett. Kyra Collingridge homered as part of a 3-4 effort, scoring two runs and driving in four for the Warriors, and Ortiz went 3-3 with a double, triple, three runs scored and three RBI’s. Collingridge went the distance in the circle, allowing two runs – one earned – on just two hits, walking three and striking out eight in the mercy-rule shortened game (it went just five innings due to that). Tia Langley and Karleigh Coker each had a hit and run scored pacing the Eagles.

Wesco 3A Quarterfinals: Marysville-Pilchuck 12, Meadowdale 1 – M-P smoked the Mavericks in the sixth, scoring 11 runs to turn a tight one into a mercy-rule blowout. Morgan homered twice, and Justice along with Cassdiy Phelps also each had a homer, all for the Tomahawks. Morgan drove in four runs while Phelps added three RBI’s to the efforts for M-P. Carrie Petersen’s homer accounted for the Meadowdale offense. That homer proved to be pretty much the only blemish allowed by the Pilchuck pitching, as Justice and Fischer combined on a three-hitter, striking out four.

Wesco 3A Quarterfinals: Snohomish 11, Marysville-Getchell 2 – Greenlee was on message in the circle for Snohomish, allowing two runs, one earned on just three hits, striking out 14 as Snohomish advanced in the district tournament to their above-noted game with M-P with the win. Sami Reynolds homered for Snohomish and Greenlee went 2-3 with a double and three RBI’s pacing the Panthers. Shannon Patton homered to lead Getchell, and Brionna Palm, like Greenlee, went the distance in the circle and took the loss; of the 11 runs she allowed, just four were earned as a result of three M-G errors.

SeaKing 3A Tournament: Garfield 2, Juanita 1 – After the Kingco’s Rebels won their opening round loser-out game Monday to advance to this quarterfinal matchup yesterday in Seattle, Juanita’s bats ran into a buzzsaw known as Bulldog pitcher Nicola Simpson, who allowed a run on just two hits and struck out 16 pacing the Metro League Garfield side along into the district semis with the win. Juno Shantz homered to power the Bulldogs, while Lexi Blackburn’s homer aided Juanita.

SeaKing 3A Tournament (loser out): Juanita 10, Holy Names 5 – Juanita kept its season alive with another loser-out win in the district tourney. Kaci Gordon led the Rebels, going 2-4 with a double and three RBI’s, while Abbie Reynolds paced Juanita, going 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Now to our previews.

CASCADE 2A CONFERENCE SOFTBALL
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES @ NORTHWEST DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
CEDARCREST VS. ANACORTES, 4:00 P.M. & VS. LAKEWOOD OR LYNDEN, 6:30 P.M.
JANICKI FIELDS, SEDRO-WOOLLEY
KBRC RADIO FOR GAME ONE – CLICK HERE TO LISTEN IN

The Red Wolves come in as the third seed in this year’s Northwest 2A District tournament and will open against sixth-seed Anacortes.

Cedarcrest vs. Anacortes – Anacortes comes in off a 13-3 win last Saturday in a loser-out game at home over Sammamish to advance into this round of eight matchup. In our game report from that game, which we had for you on Sunday, we noted the following three players as players to watch: Lindsey South, who homered and drove in three runs; Megan Bellusci, who went 4-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored and three RBI’s, and Euno White, who went 2-3 with two runs scored and four RBI’s. Those three in particular will need to be shut down by the solid CHS pitching of Cassidy Derieg and Michaela Carter for the team to be in a position for success.

Those two, of course are among the players to watch for the Red Wolves, but there’s quite a few others as well to keep an eye on and you know the names. Elaine Townley. Katelynn Smith. Sydney Beckett. Karlie Fox. The list goes on. Smith is coming off a torrid afternoon last Thursday in which she hit two homers in a win over South Whidbey. Townley went 3-4 in that game with a double, run scored and two RBI’s and Carter – she went 4-5 with a double, triple, three runs scored and an RBI against a solid pitcher in her own right in Whidbey’s D-I bound Mackenzee Collins.

The Seahawk roster is loaded with sophomores so playoff experience could be a factor here, even though Anacortes had a decent season, finishing 8-5 in the Northwest Conference and currently are 12-9 coming into today’s game. That said, there’s other stats in their favor – first, they have a head-to-head against a Cascade team and are 1-0 in that, that being a 10-5 win in March over Granite Falls, and are 4-3 against other Northwest District tournament entrants. Also to think about – two straight losses for Cedarcrest against NWC teams, those losses late in the season to their two potential semifinal opponents, Lakewood and Lynden.

That all said, we like CHS in this one. Should be fairly competitive we expect, but the experience and depth of this Red Wolve team should win out in the end. Hope you can get a chance to listen in to this one. Cedarcrest 5, Anacortes 3

Lakewood and Lynden played each other once this season, and it was a close one, going to Lynden last week in fact. But we’ve looked at Lakewood’s stats and think they have the bats to pull it off today in their game and advance. So we’ll focus on them in the quarterfinal preview.

Cedarcrest vs. Lakewood or Lynden – We are, however, going to make a mention of both teams here because in both cases as we just noted, the Red Wolves fell to those teams on their home field in Duvall during the late portion of the regular season. Lakewood won 7-5 on April 20 and four days after, on the 24th, the Lions doubled up the Red Wolves 6-3.

In those two games, of note were Carter, who homered in the Lynden clash and had three hits against the Cougars, Townley, who also had three hits in the Lakewood game, and freshman Jessi Polacek, who had two hits and two runs scored against the Lions. Keep an eye on her today especially, as this will be her first postseason experience. How she fares could become a factor.

Lakewood, as we’ve noted, has the bats we think to make it into the quarterfinal game. The team is hitting .360 on the season, led by junior Olivia Poulton, who’s hitting .448 this spring for the ex-Cascade Conference team. Poulton, though, went hitless against the Cedarcrest pitching duo of Carter and Derieg in that game on the 20th, so she’ll be looking to break through should she get a chance to deal with them again today.

Ashlyn Falor is perhaps the most dangerous bat in the Lakewood lineup, though. She’s hitting just under .400, but has two homers and a team-leading 26 RBI’s. She walked three times against the CHS pitchers in the game last month and scored three runs. Another bat to watch will be that of senior Jelly Perry. She didn’t play in the head-to-head meeting this spring with the Red Wolves, but is hitting .407 with a team-leading three homers and 19 RBI’s. Perry’s bat in the lineup today especially if they make it could end up being a difference-maker for Lakewood.

As for Lynden, juniors Breanna Swendt and Lauren Groen led the way for the Lions in their win over CHS on the 24th, so look for those two to deliver again. Swendt pitched a full seven innings and it was solid, as she allowed three runs on eight hits striking out three, and Groen had a double and drove in four runs. CHS will have to shut down those two to have a chance to advance.

The question for the Red Wolves will be a simple one – do they have what it takes to rebound from those two losses against those teams and get them where it counts, with a state berth on the line? That we think is an open question. If it’s Lakewood, we like the Cougars, while if it’s Lynden, that might be a little more doable, but we still take the ladies from Whatcom County. Lakewood 6, Cedarcrest 3 OR Lynden 5, Cedarcrest 4

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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