Bats come alive for Kamiak in back-to-back wins | SoftballKnights pound Marauders 16-2
Kamiak’s bats are producing runs and wins.
The Knights scored early and often against district rival Mariner, coasting to a 16-2 victory in a Wesco 4A softball game Monday, April 3, at Kamiak High School.
The victory was the Knights’ second straight. Kamiak (2-1 in the league, 3-3 overall) opened league play with a 7-1 loss to Lake Stevens on Monday, March 27, but then rebounded with a 7-0 win over Mount Vernon on Friday, March 31.
“It’s a good wave to be on, having two under your belt and seeing the ball well,” Kamiak coach Ann Bradley said.
Junior pitcher Cecilia Robbins threw a complete game and was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI.
“I think we all worked together as a team,” Robbins said. “We all hit well.”
Robbins said her drop and rise balls were effective against the Marauders (0-4, 2-7).
Bradley liked what she saw from Robbins.
“She doesn’t get rattled,” Bradley said of the Kamiak right-hander.
The Knights weren’t as aggressive as Bradley would have preferred against the Vikings and that cost Kamiak, which left a number of runners in scoring position.
“I needed them to attack the ball more than they did against Lake Stevens,” Bradley said.
The addition of freshman Lindsey Greenfield also has helped the Knights’ offense the last two contests. Greenfield, who moved up from the junior varsity team, hits in the leadoff position and enabled Bradley to put sophomore Jackie Rookaird in the No. 2 slot.
“She (Greenfield) is looking good in the 1 spot, which has helped Jackie Rookaird in the second spot,” Bradley said. “We’re hitting at the right time and in the holes, not right back at the player.”
Greenfield was added to the varsity roster after senior shortstop Deanna Lane was hit on her hand by a pitch during the Lake Stevens game. Lane suffered two bruised fingers and has missed the last two games, Bradley said.
Mariner senior co-captain Sareena Johnson said that the Marauders didn’t come out strong in Monday’s game.
“We were lacking intensity today,” she said.
Mariner was coming off an exhausting week that saw the team lose four games to Jackson (15-3), Mountlake Terrace (9-1), Mount Vernon (13-4) and Glacier Peak (28-3).
“We were really tuckered out,” Johnson said. “I think next time we can definitely play a lot better with more intensity and just coming ready.”
Robbins is looking for more of the same from the Knights moving forward.
“I’ve seen a lot of teamwork,” she said. “We’re just working as one.”