Edmonds-Woodway surprises, advances to state tournament | Softball

Warriors overcome difficult start to the season, are peaking at opportune time
By David Pan | May 23, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway catcher Sofia Chamorro leaps into the arms of pitcher Annika Forseth after the Warriors clinched a berth to the state tournament. Teammate Nani Marinez runs to join in on the celebration.

Edmonds-Woodway is making the most of its opportunities.

After finishing seventh in the Wesco 3A, the Warriors had to face No. 10 seed Shorecrest in a play-in game. Edmonds-Woodway edged the Scots 6-5 to advance to the 3A District 1 softball tournament.

Three games later, the Warriors clinched a berth to the state tournament with a hard-fought 9-6 victory over Marysville-Pilchuck Thursday, May 16, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

“We’re finally coming together,” said winning sophomore pitcher Annika Forseth. “I’m surprised, but I’m also not surprised because of how good we’re doing at the end of the season.”

Edmonds-Woodway (11-14) certainly didn’t have the look of a state playoff team early in the season. After winning its season opener, the Warriors lost nine straight games, culminating with an 18-0 loss to Marysville-Getchell. Since that loss the Warriors have gone 10-5, included 2-2 at districts.

The biggest difference from the start of the season to now is how bonded the team is, Forseth said. At the start of the year, several new players were finding their roles on the team and the Warriors were settling in with new head coach Cassady Orstad.

“Toward the end of the season, we’ve really set a good foundation figuring out what we want to do and what our coach’s plan is for all of us as a team,” Forseth said. “We all contributed to what we want to do in practice and how we want to benefit each other and how we can play as a team. I feel like that’s definitely been showing.”

Snohomish, which lost to Meadowdale in the championship game, handed Edmonds-Woodway a stunning 7-6 loss when Sydney Sandifer hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning in the district opener on Tuesday, May 14.

Instead of hanging their heads, the loss fueled the Warriors, who defeated Arlington 15-3 in a loser-out game.

“We totally took the energy from that first game to the next game,” Forseth said. “We needed to take our energy with our hitting from Snohomish and just battle with them and just keep going.”

The hits just kept on coming against the Tomahawks. Forseth helped herself with an RBI infield single in the first and senior Gracie Boyd led off the second with a mammoth home run to center field, as the Warriors took a 4-0 lead after two innings. Edmonds-Woodway added two more runs in the third on a double by Mya Fegler. A two-run home run by Sofia Chamorro in the fourth extended the lead to 9-0.

Marysville-Pilchuck rallied, scoring three runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. The Tomahawks had runners on second and third and brought the tying run to the plate before Forseth sealed the victory with back-to-back strikeouts. The Warriors then lost 8-0 in the third/fourth place game.

Edmonds-Woodway plays Stadium in a first-round 3A state tournament game at noon, Friday, May 24, at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

“I feel like we’ve been battling against the good teams in our district,” Forseth said. “We’re going to go out and try to put up our best fight out there. I think there are going to be some good games for sure.”

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