Sehome softball celebrates an opening round victory over Tumwater at 2A State. PHOTO: Steve Kirk
State Softball: Sehome On To Semifinals
May 25, 2019
- Doug Lange Bellingham
The Sehome softball squad picked up two big victories Friday and find themselves 2 more away from a state championship. The Mariners knocked off Tumwater and Selah to advance to the 2A semifinals on Saturday.
In their first game of the day at Carlon Park in Selah, Sehome (18-4) edged Tumwater 7-6 in dramatic fashion. tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 7th Jessica Melvin lead off with a walk. Lily Rasmussen followed by getting on with a bunt. Melvin then advanced to 3rd on wild pitch. Natalie Zender walked to load the bases and Rachel Zender hit a game winning single to score Melvin.
Sehome won their quarterfinal match over hometown favorite Selah 6-2. Tied at 1-1, the Mariners picked up 5 runs in the 6th inning and rode the power arm of pitcher Savannah Smith to victory. Smith gave up just 5 hits while registering 10 strikeouts.
Megan Hall and Lily Rasmussen won WIAA sportsmanship awards following the wins.
The Mariners will play defending champion Woodland at 10am Saturday in the semis. Woodland advanced with a 3-0 shutout of Lynden in the quarterfinals. Ridgefield and WF West play in the other semifinal with the championship game scheduled for 2:30pm.
Lynden advanced to day 2 of the 2A state softball tournament for only the 3rd time in program history. the Lions won their opener 16-6 over Olympic, lost 3-0 in the quarterfinals to Woodland and stayed alive by beating Port Angeles 12-10 in a loser out, consolation bracket game.
Highlights included a 3-run home run for Taylor Simonsen in the the first game and a 3-run shot from Ashlyn Alexander in the win over Port Angeles.
The Lions (18-8) will play Lakewood at 10am in another loser out game. Lynden must win 3 games on Saturday to take home the 3rd place trophy.
Friday was not as success full for Wahtcom County teams in 1A state tournament action at the Columbia Playfields in Richland. Mount Baker and Lynden christian both saw their season come to an end.
Mount Baker won their opener 9-2 over Royal, but stumbled in their quarterfinal match-up falling to Castle Rock 8-3. The Mountaineers had one more shot to keep the season alive, but lost to Warden 12-2 in a consolation bracket game. It's the second straight year Warden has ended the Mountaineers season.
Mount Baker wraps up the year with a record of 18-and-9.
Lynden Christian struggled out the gate getting shutout by Forks 5-0 and lost their loser out/consolation bracket game to defending champion Lakeside (9 Mile Falls) 9-2. The Lyncs finish the year with a mark of 12-and-13.
- Doug Lange
Photos courtesy of Steve Kirk, Kassi Simonsen and Nicole Roy-Miles. Click each photo to expand