Freshman duo of Kat and the “Mad Dog” strike for Cedarcrest softball in season-opening rout, plus the rest of the softball this Thursday….

Good Thursday morning. We start our daily diamond cuts with a look at the softball diamond this morning.

The Townley family name has been synomous with Cedarcrest High School softball for the past several years – first with LuAnn, then the past four with Elaine. But a third member of the Townley clan is playing ball this spring, and based on what she did yesterday, it looks as if she’s going to also make her mark in the Red Wolve program.

Freshman Kat came up for her first at-bat as a high-schooler yesterday afternoon in the second inning against Sedro-Woolley pitcher Nicole Wright. The bases were loaded so there was plenty of pressure to be sure on young Ms. Townley. Well, what she ended up doing was perhaps a tremendous surprise to everyone on the Cedarcrest side of the field, but more importantly, it sparked a win.

She got a hit, all right, but it wasn’t just any old hit. She hit it out of the park for a grand slam home run. Her first varsity hit and it was a granny. Kat ended up with a double also, scoring twice and driving in five, as Cedarcrest smacked the Northwest Conference’s Cubs 11-2 at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley, gaining revenge for their season-ending playoff loss last spring to Sedro, who eliminated Cedarcrest in the Northwest District tournament on this same field in the Skagit Valley.

Carly Nelson also homered for the Red Wolves while Kat’s freshman classmate Madelyn Davidson also made an immediate impact; “Mad Dog” brought it with the bat, with a double keying a 3-5 effort; she also scored a run.

Riley Conn, whose homer in the district playoff game last year helped Sedro eliminate the Red Wolves, was limited to just one hit yesterday, and she also pitched for the Cubs, allowing seven runs, five earned, on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of relief. Wright and Megan Friend, who also were keys in last spring’s playoff victory for Sedro, each had two hits.

Cedarcrest is at Liberty today for a 4:00 p.m. first pitch against the Kingco’s Patriots in Renton.

Time now for the rest of our softball this morning, with all of our coverage brought to you by Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Kingco 4A/3A: North Creek 11, Juanita 1 – The 4A’s Jaguars brought the bats as they handled the visiting 3A’s Rebels at home in Bothell. Ellysa Butterfield led NC, going 3-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s, while Ashley Saenz also went 3-3 for the Jags, with a triple, run scored and RBI. Sasha Mitchell’s third inning solo homer accounted for the Juanita scoring. And that proved to be the lone blip on the radar screen for NC pitcher Riley Madsen, who went the distance allowing that one run on five hits, walking two and striking out one.

Wesco/Kingco 4A: Jackson 7, Inglemoor 3 – The Wesco’s Timberwolves picked up their second straight win over a Kingco 4A foe, this time at home in Mill Creek, backed once again by pitcher Iyanla Pennington. Pennington, off her perfect game Tuesday against the Vikings’ Kingco rivals North Creek, homered in this one for Jackson and also struck out 10 en route to another complete-game effort in the circle. Sophia Fike went 2-3 leading Inglemoor.

Wesco 3A: Shorecrest 8, Ingraham 5 – Kaine Marcinkowski tripled as part of a 2-3 effort, scoring two runs and driving in another as the Scots held off the Metro League’s Rams at home in Shoreline.

Wesco 3A: Arlington 10, Squalicum 6 – The Eagles headed north to Bellingham and won the slugfest with the Storm. Lexi Eck and Tia Langley led the way for Arlington – Eck tripled to headline a 3-5 effort scoring twice and driving in two more runs while Langley doubled as part of a 2-4 performance, scoring twice and driving in three runs.

Kingco 3A: Cleveland (Seattle) 8, Sammamish 1 – The Totems were trounced at home by the visiting Metro League’s Eagles. Kylie Ravenscraft led Sammamish going 1-3 with a run scored.

Wesco 4A: Burlington-Edison 13, Mariner 2 – Mackenzie Graham’s two-run homer in the first put the Wesco’s Marauders in front, but the Tigers, from the Skagit Valley, responded with 13 unanswered runs of their own the rest of the way to roll to the win in Burlington-Edison.

Wesco 4A/3A: Cascade (Everett) 17, Oak Harbor 8 – A balanced hitting attack guided the Bruins to the win over their Wesco 3A counterparts. All except two Cascade hitters had a hit or run each in the contest, led by three-hit efforts from Hannah Schleer, Alison Jensen and Katelyn Pryor. Jensen and Pryor both tripled and drove in three runs apiece pacing the Bruins. Sam Scott and Cierra LeGendre both went 3-4 with a run scored for OH.

Kingco/Wesco 3A: Bellevue 15, Lynnwood 5 – Kelly Treves led Bellevue, going 3-5 with two doubles, a run scored and RBI, as the Wolverines ran away with this one up in Lynnwood. Grace DeSota and Abigail Young both homered for the Wesco’s Royals, with Young driving in three runs.

Wesco 4A/3A: Glacier Peak 13, Meadowdale 5 – Kendall Curtis and Phoebe Schultz both homered for the Grizzlies, with Schultz driving in three runs, in their win over the Mavericks at home in Snohomish. Sophia Ward and Kelci Studioso both homered for Meadowdale in this one, with Studioso also driving in three runs.

Wesco 3A: Archbishop Murphy 16, Bellevue Christian 3 – Murphy brought the bats to downtown Bellevue and rolled over 1A BCS. Alohi Elliot homered and drove in five runs to lead the Wildcats, who also had homers from Helena Ah-Loe and Brooke Jordan. Jordan, in the circle, allowed all three runs unearned on just one hit in 2 1/3 innings, with seven walks and four strikeouts. Grace Fritch and Abby Abbott each had a hit for BCS.

Wesco 3A/4A: Everett 11, Mount Vernon 0 – Hurlers Kassidy Millar and Jackie Rookaird combined on a one-hitter for the Seagulls as they handled the Bulldogs in the Skagit Valley. Rookaird aided her cause with a homer, and Jazmine McMiller also homered for Everett, driving in three runs. Millar in her four innings of work struck out six to get the win in the circle.

College: Hillsdale 6, Florida Southern 2 (game one, doubleheader, Tue.) – The Chargers took care of FSU in the first of two in Florida. Kat’s sister Elaine, a freshman this year with Hillsdale and 2018 CHS alum, had an RBI in a pinch-hitting role for the Chargers in the contest. Elaine Townley did not play in the nightcap of the twinbill, won by the Florida team to give them a split of the doubleheader.

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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