Interlake wins first 2A district title over unbeaten Franklin Pierce | Softball
Rogers of Puyallup takes 4A district title, 6-5, over Bellarmine Prep
Seattle Times staff reporter
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SPANAWAY — In this season of firsts, the Interlake Saints have something special in mind — a first-place trophy at the 2A state softball tournament.
Never mind that they've never been there before. They had never won a district championship before Saturday, but checked that off their list with a 3-0 victory over previously unbeaten Franklin Pierce at the Sprinker Recreation Center.
Now they have their sights set on the big prize in Selah.
"I think we can win it and bring home the gold," freshman Ashley Scott said.
Erin Scott, her junior sister, agrees.
"I think we have it (the ability)," she said. "We've come so far. I'm so proud of all of these girls."
The Scott sisters were instrumental in the victory over Franklin Pierce, which was 19-0 coming in. Erin pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks. Ashley went 3 for 3 and drove in all three runs with a bases-loaded walk and a pair of RBI singles.
Carew Giberson-Chen finished 4 for 4 with a double and run scored.
The Saints (11-9) shut out all three of their opponents in the tournament. After blanking Sumner 9-0 Friday, they edged Fife 1-0 in the semifinals. Ashley Scott pitched that game.
Rogers of Puyallup came from behind to beat seventh-ranked Bellarmine Prep in the 4A final, 6-5 in eight innings. Kim Klock, the No. 9 hitter, delivered a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.
The Rams (19-7) advanced to the championship game with a wild, 9-7 victory over sixth-ranked Jefferson, ending the Raiders' 18-game winning streak. After Lexi Goranson's solo home run had given Jefferson a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the fifth, the Rams pushed three runs across in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good. Tess Dixon had a long home run for Rogers and finished 3 for 4 while picking up the victory in relief.
In the other semifinal, things started poorly for Bellarmine Prep (19-4), which made six errors in the first two innings leading to five Emerald Ridge runs. It was 6-0 before the Lions roared back for 15th straight victory, 10-6.
Jefferson (24-4) and Emerald Ridge (19-5) had clinched state berths on Friday and wound up playing for third and fourth places — a rematch of the South Puget Sound League tournament final a week earlier. Jefferson won again Saturday, 9-5.
Kentlake (19-6) and Tahoma (19-9) punched return tickets to state earlier in the day. Kentlake eliminated Beamer, 6-0, while Tahoma edged Kentridge, 4-3, thanks in part to a fine game-ending catch by second baseman Courtney Cloud with the tying and go-ahead runs aboard.
Kentlake then beat Tahoma 10-7 to decide fifth and eighth places.
Central Kitsap (15-9) wound up with the sixth seed and South Kitsap (12-13) was seventh.
CK knocked out Kentwood, 9-1, while South Kitsap edged fifth-ranked Skyview of Vancouver, 2-1.
Wilson of Tacoma (22-2) won its first 3A bi-district championship with a 7-4 victory over No. 7 Camas. Camas (20-4) beat Enumclaw in one semifinal, 8-3, while Wilson edged No. 8 Peninsula in the other, 3-2, snapping the Seahawks' 17-game win streak. All four teams advance to state along with Bonney Lake and Mountain View of Vancouver.