High-school playoffs | Five things to watch to softball
1 Can Quinn be crowned queen in the 3A softball world?
She’s just a sophomore at Enumclaw, but Quinn Breidenbach has quickly risen as one of the top pitchers in the state and is being courted by several Division I programs. She has said she plans to make an oral commitment this summer.
First, though, she’d love to lead the Hornets to their first state title in fastpitch and they are among the favorites in a tough 3A field as the only unbeatens (24-0). They are ranked No. 20 in the nation by MaxPreps.
Briedenbach, who throws in the mid-to-upper 60s, is 19-0 with a 0.33 earned-run average and 200 strikeouts in 1062 / 3 innings. She also carries a .554 batting average with 20 extra-base hits and 39 RBI.
But there are plenty of other contenders, including Kamiakin of Kennewick.
2 No clear favorite, but lots of quality teams in 4A.
Snohomish (22-1) has the shiniest record in the 4A tournament, but there are some other red-hot teams in the field and it won’t be an easy road for any of them.
The Panthers, who have never taken the title, avenged their only loss with a 9-5 win over Lake Stevens in the Northwest District championship game.
Richland, which owes its only in-state loss to 3A Kamiakin, has been on a roll and is in the same loaded half of the bracket as Snohomish – along with Puyallup, Camas, Beamer and Woodinville, to mention a few.
3 Coaches chasing some significant victories. Mount Si coach Larry White picked up his 199th victory when the Wildcats beat Juanita for the Sea-King 3A District championship last week.
4 Lake Washington taking aim at first crown in 2A. The Kangaroos have never won a softball crown, but they are considered contenders in the 2A tourney this weekend, even though they might be without one of their top players, junior pitcher Maddie Brown (broken bone in left hand).
The Kangs are battle-tested coming out of the KingCo 3A/2A conference. But there are other title contenders – including Fife, the West Central District champ, and two tough teams out of the CWAC, Ellensburg and Othello.
5 Can Connell do it again in 1A?
Connell comes into the 1A tournament looking for a fourth straight championship. But Warden is the SCAC district champion, beating the Eagles 11-0 in the title game. Seattle Christian carries the local banner.