CHS softball remains alive for state despite setback at districts thanks to ex-Cascade rivals, and the rest of the morning diamond notes

Good Thursday morning. We start with softball and the Cedarcrest Red Wolves ladies remain alive for a trip to the 2A state tournament despite a setback last night at the Northwest 2A District tournament in Sedro-Woolley.

The Red Wolves’ former Cascade Conference rivals from Lakewood scored four sixth-inning runs and took advantage of five CHS errors in taking the district semifinal matchup – and a berth to state – 7-4 over Cedarcrest at the Janicki Fields complex west of the Skagit County city. Jelly Perry led the way for Lakewood. Perry, who did not play for the Cougars the last time these two teams played a few weeks back at Cedarcrest’s campus in Duvall, a game won by Lakewood that day as well, went 2-4 with three RBI’s, including a pair in that key sixth-inning onslaught on a single. Riley Molloy and Brittani Boortz both scored on that play, which developed as a result of two of those five CHS errors earlier in the frame.

Cedarcrest did its best to keep pace with the Cougars, scoring two runs in their half of the fourth after Lakewood did the same in their half, then the Red Wolves scored a run in the fifth after Lakewood had taken a temporary lead with a run in their part of that frame. Michaela Carter aided the Red Wolves, going 3-4 while Katelynn Smith, fresh off her heroics from the Red Wolves’ quarterfinal clash with Anacortes (more below), went 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s. Cassidy Derieg went six innings, allowing all seven runs on eight hits, walking just one but not able to strike out any of the solid hitters from Lakewood, a group that could potentially do some damage over in Selah with this offense they have.

Ashlyn Falor finished 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s as well for the Cougars, who will meet Sehome in the finals tomorrow at Janicki.

Smith walk-off homer rescues CHS from heartbreaking quarterfinal loss
The Red Wolves appeared to have command of their quarterfinal game with Anacortes, having taken a 7-3 lead after five frames. But the Seahawks stormed back against Carter and the Red Wolves, scoring twice in the sixth then loading the bases in the seventh down 8-5 at this point for leadoff hitter Megan Bellusci, who at this point was 4-4 in the game. Carter, on a 0-1 pitch, served up one that Bellusci parked over the right field fence for a grand slam giving the Seahawks a stunning 9-8 lead and temporarily making things look bleak for the Valley’s best. Carter made it out of the inning with no further damage, and that gave the Red Wolves a chance in the bottom of that frame.

Karlie Fox started it off with a double, and up came Smith. She worked the count to three balls and one strike, and when a hitter has that count, it usually means they’re going to get something good to hit, and that’s exactly what the Red Wolve hitter got. She took full advantage, blasting the ball over the center field fence for the dramatic walk-off homer helping steal a 10-9 win over the Seahawks from what would have likely been a devastating loss.

Smith finished 2-4 with a run scored and three RBI’s headlined by that fateful homer, and Fox finished 4-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Carter went the distance, allowing all nine runs, seven earned, on 13 hits, walking five and striking out eight in a 143-pitch effort. Bellusci, who we talked about in our preview yesterday, finished 5-5 with three runs scored and five RBI’s for Anacortes, and Lindsey South, another top hitter we discussed in our game preview of this one, finished 2-5 with a triple, run scored and two RBI’s.

On deck
Cedarcrest tomorrow takes on Sedro-Woolley for a trip to state, at Janicki, at 4:00. More on how they did along with the rest of yesterday’s Northwest District action, now.

Lakewood 9, Lynden 6 (9 inn., quarterfinals): The two Northwest Conference teams engaged in an epic battle to see who’d get Cedarcrest in the semis for last night’s nightcap at Janicki, and the Cougars came out on top after a wild ninth inning in which the two teams combined to score 11 runs. Falor went 2-4 with a run scored and three RBI’s for Lakewood, while Olivia Poulton went 2-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Riley Mae Swanson went 2-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s, and went the distance allowing all six runs, five earned, on 12 hits, walking five and striking out five in a hard-fought 163-pitch effort. Lynden was led by Blakely Dorge, who went 3-5 with a run scored and RBI.

Sehome 16, Archbishop Murphy 1 (quarterfinals): Sehome rolled with an 11-run second to win this by modified mercy rule over the Wildcats. The McDowell’s – Tori and Carissa – each had a homer for Sehome’s Mariners from Bellingham with the two each walking twice and combining for six runs scored and five RBI’s. Lexi Klaudt was 1-2 with a run scored for Murphy.

Mountlake Terrace 10, Sedro-Woolley 6 (quarterfinals): Sammy Ruiz and Amaya Kaupp both homered for Terrace as they advanced to the below semifinal with Sehome with their win over the Cubs. Ruiz went 3-3 also doubling, scoring twice and driving in two runs. Kaupp finished 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s. For Sedro, Hannah Forst went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored and Nicole Wright doubled, scoring a run and driving in two.

Sehome 7, Mountlake Terrace 4 (semifinals. winner to state): The top-seeded M’s held off the Hawks from Wesco to advance to the finals tomorrow against Lakewood. Megan Hall went 3-4 with a run scored and RBI leading Sehome, while Ruiz led Mountlake, going 2-3 with a homer and a double, scoring twice and driving in two runs. Kennedy Cooper also had two hits and a run scored for the Hawks.

Lynden 16, Anacortes 1 (loser out): The Seahawks could not recover from the emotional blow they suffered with that heartbreaking defeat to the Red Wolves, as the Lions rolled behind a grand slam from Alexis Fredin and a second homer from Taylor Simonsen. Olivia Wittenberg had two hits and drove in four runs for Lynden. Bellusci and South each had a hit for the Seahawks, with Bellusci scoring the lone Anacortes run and South driving that in, in the first inning.

Sedro-Woolley 15, Archbishop Murphy 12 (loser out): Murphy rebounded nicely from their first round loss to Sehome, but were outslugged in this one by the Cubs to end their season. Megan Friend led Sedro, going 4-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s, and Abby Hannan paced the Cubs, with a 3-3 effort including two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Brooke Jordan homered twice and drove in five runs for the Cascade’s Wildcats, who now get ready for their transition to the Wesco Conference for next season with the end of the Cascade after this school year.

Now the rest of last night’s softball. All of our coverage by the way today is from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A Championship: Eastlake 7, Woodinville 4 – The Wolves handled the Falcons to win the Kingco title at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Georgia Robinson and Ashlyn Roberts both went 2-4 with two RBI’s each to pace the Wolves, who earned a trip to the state 4A tournament in Spokane with the win. Josie Charles went 3-5 with two runs scored as well for Eastlake. As for Woody, Megan Taketa’s solo homer powered the Falcons, and Bailey Burger-Moore went 3-4 for Woody, who plays Newport for the second spot tonight in a winner-to-state, loser-out game.

Kingco 4A Playoffs (loser out): Newport 7, Inglemoor 6 – A bases-loaded walk to Arianna Arnone in the bottom of the seventh scored Lita Bankson to break a 6-6 tie and send the Knights against Woodinville tonight for a trip to Spokane and the 4A state tournament. Bankson finished 2-4 with three runs scored for the Knights, and Lexi Richards also doubled, scored a run and drove in two for Newport. O’Nalisa Hall went 3-4 with a double and two runs scored for Inglemoor, whose season ended with the loss on their home field in Kenmore.

Youth baseball action now, also from Gamechanger and their app.

Youth Baseball
Bellevue Dragons 14U Green 10, Kirkland Merchants 4: The Dragons, loaded with Valley players, delivered a big win last night in Redmond to open the Seattle Elite League season. Leading the way was J.T. DeRouen, who went 2-4 with a run scored and RBI pacing the Dragons. MSHS “C”-teamer Hayden Weaver also added a hit and scored a run.

Baden Baseball 11, Seattle Gladiators 16U 7: Kent-based Baden for the second straight night handled the Seattle-based Gladiators, once again at Southeast Athletic Complex in Seattle as was the case on Tuesday. MSHS’ers Austin Oberg and Mason Gronewald once again saw action for the Gladiators in this one, with Oberg going 2-3 with two runs and Gronewald going 1-3 with a run scored and RBI.

JBC Prep Sportswear 15U 8, City Baseball Navy 7: Kirkland-based JBC rallied with four runs in the sixth to take the win; Mount Si’s Jake Mitton went 0-2 for the Prep Sportswear side. He also pitched, working four innings and allowing six runs, five earned, on four hits, walking four and striking out three. Mitton received no decision.

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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