Cedarcrest softball falls short at districts, sees season end

The softball season has come to an end for Cedarcrest High School’s ladies. They fell to both Lakewood and Lynden last night at the Northwest 2A District tournament in Sedro-Woolley.

Red Wolves fall in heartbreaker to Cougars: Cedarcrest gave Lakewood all they could handle, forcing extras with Lakewood, but they won it on a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth, taking this one 5-4. Michaela Carter led the way, coming a homer short of the cycle in going 4-5 with a run scored and RBI, but it was Lakewood and Brittani Boortz who had the last laugh; Boortz went 2-4 with a double and two RBI’s.

Cedarcrest opened the scoring in the second, with Katelynn Smith, who opened the frame with a walk, scoring on a throwing error on a ground ball hit by Taeler Gerde, who reached being credited with a single and advancing to second on that one-out error. Lakewood scored three in the third off Carter to take the lead, with Boortz’s double scoring Natalie Krueger and Riley Mae Swanson to headline that three-run Cougar onslaught.

The Red Wolves responded in the fifth with two runs to tie the game at three apiece. With one out, Kat Townley singled, then Carter hit her triple to score the Red Wolve freshman, then the Fordham-bound pitcher scored soon after on a single by Allyson Smith. The game remained this way through the ninth, when the international tiebreaker rules took effect. For those unaware since we haven’t had that to discuss this spring, that tiebreaker rule entails a baserunner, usually the hitter that made the last out for a team in the previous inning, being placed on second base to start the inning. For CHS, this was Madelyn “Mad Dog” Davidson, and she scoreed on a two-out single by fellow freshman Carly Nelson to give the Red Wolves the lead.

Swanson opened Lakewood’s half of the frame at second, and ended up scoring on a throwing error by Carter which proved to be Cedarcrest’s undoing in this one.

Red Wolves run out of gas: Well, CHS ended up with Lynden thanks to the below-noted upset of the Lions by Mountlake Terrace, and that wasn’t going to be an easy task to beat them, considering Lynden routed Cedarcrest during the regular season and the Red Wolves had just come off their crushing loss to Lakewood just minutes prior. So the energy for CHS was perhaps on its last fumes at this point, and Blakely Doerge made sure to drain that last bit of Red Wolve energy, as she went 4-5 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored for Lynden as they took out the frustrations from the upset loss on Carter and Co. to the tune of a 17-6 blowout win by run rule after five innings.

Smith and “Mad Dog” both went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s each for CHS, but after they scored five in the third to rebound from a six-run Lynden second, the Lions responded with four in their half of the third, then seven more in the fourth to seal it. Cedarcrest finished the season at 10-13, a record that isn’t truly indicative of how well things went for the team this season as it faced much tougher competition in the Wesco Conference.

Carter, Gerde and Katelynn Smith all are leaving the program as they graduate in a few weeks, but as we’ve been telling you, there’s a pair of eighth-graders at Tolt Middle School, Riley Warden and Reagan Hollett, who are both playing high-level summer club softball this summer and are anticipated to join the Red Wolves as freshmen next year, likely helping add to what has become a strong young corps for Cedarcrest. So things are looking up for the Red Wolves, and they should be a competitive force within Wesco in 2020.

With that, time for our softball scores. All of our coverage comes from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Northwest 2A District Tournament: Mountlake Terrace 6, Lynden 3 – The Red Wolves ended up with the Lions in the loser-out game last night after the Hawks pulled off the surprise of the tournament’s first day, doubling up a team that had blown them out at the beginning of the season. Jenna Maxfield homered twice for Mountlake off Lynden ace Breanna Swendt, who left allowing all six runs in the first 2 2/3 innings. Taylor Simonsen homered for the Lions.

Northwest 2A District Tournament (winner-to-state): Lakewood 14, Mountlake Terrace 13 – Mountlake made a vailant comeback but Swanson and Co. held on to punch a ticket to state. Ashlyn Falor homered for Lakewood and drove in three runs, while Krueger had a double and drove in five. Jamie Bingaman had three hits to lead Mountlake, including a double, scored a run and drove in five. Kennedy Cooper also had three hits and scored four runs for the Hawks.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (loser out): Bothell 17, North Creek 8 – Bothell brought out the lumber to eliminate their district rivals Jaguars. Five homers – two from Brooke Davis, who drove in five runs – powered the Cougars to the win at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett. Katie Fodge, Ena Borgan and Tatum Powers also homered for the Cougars, with Fodge going 3-4 with a double as well, scoring four runs and driving in four more. Elizabeth Peoples and Sierra Hein both homered for North Creek, with Hein finishing 2-4 with four RBI’s.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (loser out): Redmond 21, Newport 13 – The Mustangs scored eight runs in the seventh to break a 13-13 tie and win the slugfest eliminating the Knights from the postseason. Jenn Cummings led Redmond, with two homers and seven RBI’s. Lindsay Tsujikawa also homered and Haley Hanson paced the Mustangs coming a homer short of the cycle in going 4-6 with five runs scored and three RBI’s. Brooklyn Richards homered twice for Newport, driving in three runs, and Arianna Arnone was a triple short of the cycle; she homered and drove in five runs for the Knights.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (loser out): Kamiak 7, Inglemoor 3 – The Knights exploded for six runs over the final two innings to stun the Vikings and advance in the tournament, ending Inglemoor’s season. Kelci Carroll doubled and drove in four runs to lead Kamiak, whiile Sophia Fike had two hits, including a double, and drove in three for the Vikings.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (loser out): Bothell 7, Kamiak 4 – The Cougars eliminated the Knights from the postseason last night on the strength of another Fodge homer; she finished 2-5 with a run scored and two RBI’s leading the Cougars. Camdyn Robinson had two doubles and two runs scored for Kamiak.

Wes-King 4A Tournament (winner to state): Jackson 5, Lake Stevens 3 – Laina Delgado homered and Iyanla DeJesus, despite allowing three runs on four hits, struck out 15 in a complete game effort in the circle as the Timberwolves advanced to the district title game and punched a ticket to Spokane and the state tournament next week. Rachel Eichenberger did much of the damage for the Vikings, with a double, homer and three RBI’s.

Wes-King 4A Tourmament (winner to state): Eastlake 11, Glacier Peak 6 – Megan Cotton homered for the Wolves and drove in five as Eastlake punched a ticket to state and a trip to the district finals to meet DeJesus and Jackson. Ashlyn Roberts had a hit and three RBI’s as well for the Wolves. Emily Scott, Kendall Curtis and Malia Menchaca all homered for Glacier, with Scott hitting a pair of solo blasts and Curtis driving in three runs.

Rhett Workman

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