Warriors bounce back after 1st league loss | Softball

By David Pan | Apr 21, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Kaitlyn Rust runs to second base during a Wesco 3A game against Everett at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Edmonds-Woodway bounced back in a big way after losing its first league game of the season.

The Warriors pounded out 14 hits to steamroll Oak Harbor 19-5 in a Wesco 3A softball game Monday, April 17, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Edmonds-Woodway (8-1 in the league, 8-3 overall) suffered its first league loss on Friday, April 14, when Everett pulled out a 6-5 victory at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

“We hit the ball better today, much better than against Everett,” Warriors coach Mike Venable said. “It was good to see.”

The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first before Edmonds-Woodway responded with three runs. The Warriors scored four runs in the second and third innings and then exploded for eight runs in the fourth. The game was called in the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Heidi Davis hit a grand slam home run and Kendra Cooper was 2-for-4 with five RBI. Lindsey Lundberg was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI and Ciara Ortiz was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. Kaitlyn Rust was 3-for-3 with four runs.

“I think everybody did their part as far as hitting went,” Venable said.

Kyra Collingridge pitched a complete game for the Warriors.

“She did pretty well,” Venable said. “She struggled a little bit with her control. She did have her good stuff. Our defense played well today.”

Venable was glad to have a game on Monday following Friday’s loss to the Seagulls.

Everett jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Warriors cut the deficit to 2-1 when Ortiz’s grounder to the shortstop scored Rust. Edmonds-Woodway tied the score at 2 in the third on a Mariah Woolery RBI single that brought home Rust. Everett pushed across a run in the fourth before the Warriors scored three runs to take a 5-3 led. A couple of Seagull errors led to two runs and Ortiz also drove in a run with a single. Everett cut the lead to 5-4 in the fifth and then scored two runs in the sixth to go ahead 6-5. A leadoff walk cost the Warriors. as did back-to-back triples with two outs.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Ortiz said of facing Everett. “They pulled out more hits than we did. … I think overall they just outplayed us.”

Everett brought in a reliever the final three innings and Edmonds-Woodway struggled to adapt to the new pitcher.

“I think it was just the transition between the two speeds and the different spins that the pitchers had,” Ortiz said. “She had a little bit more movement.”

The Warriors don’t dwell on losses. They learn from their mistakes and move on, Ortiz said. “We’re going to keep going forward. We put all our games behind us. We learn from every one of them. We’re going to keep going until we get to districts.”

The week should get a lot tougher with games scheduled against Marysville-Pilchuck and Snohomish, last year’s 4A state champion who is now 3A.

“We’ll find out how we’re doing,” Venable said.

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