Arlington, Woodinville advance; Emerald Ridge stunned | 4A Softball
Arlington joined defending champ Woodinville in the semifinals, but Emerald Ridge, which came in 26-0, suffered a pair of surprising defeats.
SPOKANE — There will not be an undefeated Class 4A state softball champion, but there might be a repeat winner.
Emerald Ridge, which came into the state tournament with the only perfect record, was stunned 10-9 in the first round by Newport of Bellevue on Friday at the Merkel Sports Complex.
The Jaguars (26-2) from Puyallup were then dumped from the double-elimination tournament with a 4-3 loss to Tahoma.
But Arlington and defending champion Woodinville didn't disappoint, as both reached Saturday's semifinals.
Arlington beat South Kitsap 4-0 and hammered Beamer 12-0. Woodinville beat Skyview 3-1 and thumped Moses Lake 12-2.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, Arlington (21-3) plays Richland and Woodinville (23-1) faces Camas. The title game is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Newport beat Emerald Ridge by scoring five in the fifth and four in the sixth. ER's Rachael Smith hit a one-out, three-run homer in the seventh to make it 10-9, but Tenli Petty struck out to end it.
Arlington's Ronnie Ladines struck out 14 in a one-hitter against South Kitsap, and fanned nine more in a two-hit shutout of Beamer. Hayden Fields had a monster game against Beamer, driving in six runs while going 3 for 4 with two homers, including a grand slam.
Woodinville, which has lost only to North Medford, Ore., is trying to become only the third 4A team to win back-to-back titles.
The Falcons took care of Vancouver's Skyview as KingCo MVP Madi Schreyer tossed a three-hitter with seven strikeouts. Sarah Taketa had a double and home run for the Falcons, who managed only three hits.
Against Moses Lake, the Stanford-bound Schreyer (20-1) was tagged for a two-run homer in the first inning, but bounced back to throw a six-hitter with 12 strikeouts. The Falcons pounded 14 hits, including eight for extra bases. Emily Jackson doubled, homered and drove in three runs. Tori Lettus had a homer among her three hits, and Alex Boyd also homered for Woodinville.
"I really think the girls are just getting warmed up," Woodinville coach Dani Weir said. "We're going to be a tough team to beat tomorrow, I think. "We came in last year undefeated and the favorite, and therefore everybody's gunning for you. And we're used to that feeling and we're very familiar with it this year. We get the best from every team. ... Camas has had a strong season as well and we're going to come out and play our game."
Newport, after its big first-round win over Emerald Ridge, was beaten 13-2 in the quarterfinals by Richland. But the Knights bounced back to beat Bellarmine Prep, and can finish as high as third. Newport plays Beamer in a loser-out game Saturday morning.
Tahoma, with wins over Emerald Ridge and Moses Lake after a first-round loss to Richland, is also alive in the losers bracket.