Warriors ready for state tourney | Softball

Edmonds-Woodway falls to Snohomish in 3A district title game
By David Pan | May 24, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Kyra Collingridge throws the ball back to the infield during the 3A District championship game against Snohomish Friday, May 18, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

Edmonds-Woodway is looking to shake off a tough loss in the 4A District softball championship game and instead focus on what the team did to secure its third state berth in the last four years.

The Warriors struggled at the plate against one of the top pitchers in the state in an 8-0 loss to Snohomish Friday, May 18, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

Senior pitcher Bailey Greenlee allowed only one hit to lead the Panthers to their 21st straight victory.

“It’s good to just make the championship game,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Mike Venable said. “Unfortunately, we ran into a real tough pitcher tonight and Bailey did a great job against us. … It was nice to come in here, to be relaxed and knowing that were going to state no matter what.”

The Warriors (15-8) face Bainbridge in a first-round 3A state tournament game at 9 a.m., Friday, May 25, at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

Edmonds-Woodway secured the state berth by defeating Arlington and Everett on Tuesday, May 15. The victory over the Seagulls avenged an earlier loss during the regular season.

Senior co-captain Ciara Ortiz is hoping to see the intensity and drive that propelled the Warriors on the first day of the district tournament.

“I want to see that in us on the first day at state,” she said. “I want us to be ready. I want us to be coming out with all hands on deck. I’m excited for us because this is our third year, especially for us seniors. We’re really excited for this last year of state.”

Edmonds-Woodway seniors Kyra Collingridge and Mariah Woolery both pitched solid games against Arlington and Everett, Venable said. He added that freshman Annika Forseth also threw well against Snohomish when she was brought in as a reliever.

“We’ll probably need all three of them at the tournament,” Venable said. “Our defense overall has been really pretty good. … Pitching and defense normally keeps you in games.”

Venable said that the Warriors likely will work on their hitting in preparation for state.

“We might have to concentrate a little more at putting the ball in play because tonight was not good,” Venable said. “Of course, we did really hit the ball well against Arlington and then against Everett. We had some timely hitting. That’s what we need to get back to.”

Ortiz agreed that the Warriors were solid on Tuesday.

“We shined all day,” she said. “We showed heart. We showed guts. If we’re like that for the first day of state, I think we’re going to have fun and we’re going to play great.”

The 8-run loss to the Panthers was one the Warriors’ worse of the season, but Venable expects his team won’t have a problem regrouping.

“This team has a lot of resiliency,” he said. “We had a three-game losing streak in the middle of the season and then we won four straight. … I just told them just to put this game in the rear-view mirror and look ahead.”

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