Edmonds-Woodway wraps up season at state | Softball

Warriors battle hard in all three contests at 3A tournament
By David Pan | May 31, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Nani Marinez swings at a pitch during a first round 3A state tournament game against Bainbridge Friday, May 25, at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

Edmonds-Woodway capped off its season with a strong performance at the 3A state softball tournament.

The Warriors opened with a victory over Bainbridge before dropping close contests to eventual state champion Bonney Lake and Gig Harbor Friday, May 25, at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

“I thought this year was really one of our most successful,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Mike Venable said. “We advanced to the title game in the district playoffs. We won our first game at state.”

Senior Kyra Collingridge allowed only four hits and four runs (two earned) to lead Edmonds-Woodway to a 6-4 victory over the Spartans. Senior Heidi Davis hit a home run and freshman Annika Forseth was 2-for-4 with a double. Junior Gracie Boyd had a double and scored two runs and junior Myra Fegler was 2-for-3 with a double.

The victory sent the Warriors (16-10) into quarterfinal matchup against Bonney Lake, which Edmonds-Woodway lost 4-2. Bonney Lake later went on to defeat Snohomish 8-5 in 13 innings to claim the 3A state title.

A 3-run home run by Brooke Nelson turned out to be the difference for Bonney Lake. Edmonds-Woodway junior Kaitlyn Rust was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs and senior Ciara Ortiz hit a double.

The Warriors came up just a run short in a loser-out game against Gig Harbor, which prevailed 11-10 in a slugfest that featured a total of 31 hits. Edmonds-Woodway trailed 10-7 heading into the seventh inning but scored three runs to tie the game. The Tides then responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to claim the victory.

Boyd was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and Forseth was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Rust and Nani Marinez each were 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs. Fegler was 2-for-4 and Sofia Chamorro was 2-for-3 with two runs.

“This year we were much more competitive in our state games,” Venable said. “I thought we represented well at state. I’m really proud of the way they handled themselves.”

The Warriors graduate senior pitchers Collingridge and Mariah Woolery, shortstop Ortiz and centerfielder Davis.

“Our senior class has been very, very strong and has done a great job in getting us to state three out of the last four years,” Venable said. “Our pitchers Kyra and Mariah have carried us through all four seasons. They both took turns being the No. 1 pitcher and both really pitched well at state.”

Davis and Ortiz both had solid seasons at the plate and helped anchor the Edmonds-Woodway defense.

Forseth, who saw action in the circle at both the district and state tournaments, likely will be the main pitcher next season.

“She’ll have to carry a bigger load,” Venable said. “She did really well for us. She’s always around the plate. She throws a lot of strikes. … We do have a strong nucleus. We hate to lose those seniors. But we’ll have a strong group that will be back next year.”

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