Edmonds-Woodway appreciates its third straight trip to 3A tourney | Softball

By David Pan | May 30, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Gracie Boyd was called on to pitch the final inning against Prairie during a 3A stae softball tournament game Saturday, May 25, at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

Edmonds-Woodway came together at the right time.

After a rough start to the season, the Warriors found their groove in the postseason, powering their way through the district tournament to earn a berth to the 3A state softball tournament.

Though Edmonds-Woodway ended up falling in both games, the Warriors still took pride in being one of the top 16 teams in the state.

First-year coach Cassady Orstad saw a dramatic turnaround from a team that won only one of its first 10 games this season.

“I saw almost like an 180 twist on this team,” Orstad said. “We pulled each other together. We became more familiar with each other. … We were able to play as a team. We were able to do our jobs. We realized what our job was and then were able to execute.”

Senior Gracie Boyd ended her high school career with a third straight appearance at state.

“I’m so grateful that I got to be here,” she said.

Five freshmen joined Boyd and her six senior teammates and the experience can only benefit them in the future.

“It means so much to them,” Boyd said. “They get to go here their first year.”

Boyd credited the Warriors’ hard work for their success in the district tournament, where the team defeated Arlington 15-3 and Marysville-Pilchuck 9-6 to advance to state.

“Practice, practice, practice,” she said. “I just think once we got on a roll, we were on a roll and we were able to win. We were able to go out and play as a family, as a team. … We just knew how to play together. That’s what made the biggest difference.”

Edmonds-Woodway (11-16) opened state play with a 7-0 loss to Stadium Friday, May 24, at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. The Warriors then were eliminated following a 9-2 loss to Prairie. Sophomore Annika Forseth hit a solo home run in the second inning and Boyd smashed a home in her final at bat in the seventh inning.

“I was really just trying to make contact because I hadn’t made contact today,” Boyd said. “But it somehow went over.”

Boyd also was called on to pitch in the seventh inning when Forseth headed to the dugout after her knee started to hurt.

In Forseth’s first season as a full-time starter, the sophomore right-hander came through time after time.

“She’s done all we can ask of her on the mound,” Orstad said. “She kept us in games. She gives girls in the field a chance to make plays behind her. She can only get better and grow from here.”

The Warriors also return sophomore catcher Sofia Chamorro.

“We have a young battery,” Orstad said. “It’s nice to be able to move forward with that.”

The graduation of five senior starters means major changes are coming next season.

“We’re going to move some girls around and see what kind of freshmen we have coming in,” Orstad said.

But the returning players have a blueprint on what a team needs to do in order to be successful.

“Making it here (state) shows how much heart this team has for the game and what they are willing to do,” Orstad said.

Boyd agreed and added that the Warriors enjoyed the ride.

“We had so much fun with the sport,” she said. “Everything else came naturally.”

 

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