Kamiak comes up just short against league leader | Softball

Knights score four late runs but lose 7-5 to Glacier Peak
By David Pan | Apr 24, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Left, Kamiak’s Heidi Baird smacks a hit against Glacier Peak Tuesday, April 16, at Glacier Peak High School. Right, Kamiak’s Jadynn Bushnell runs to third base.

Kamiak showed it can play with any team in the league.

The Knights battled first place Glacier Peak tough before losing 7-5 in a Wesco 4A softball game Tuesday, April 16, at Glacier Peak High School.

“My girls hit really well today and they played strong defense,” Kamiak coach Ann Bradley said.

The Knights outhit the Grizzlies 8 to 6 but ended up leaving too many runners on base. Still scoring five runs against sophomore Makayla Miller, one of the top pitchers in the league, gave Kamiak (2-4 in the league, 7-5 overall) a big boost heading into a busy week.

“Just putting the bat on the ball and building their confidence is so important,” Bradley said. “They really went out there and swung well.”

Miller allowed only one run in a 2-1 victory over defending 4A state champion Jackson and three runs in a 6-3 win over second-place Lake Stevens earlier this season.

Senior second baseman Heidi Baird said that the Knights feed off each other’s energy.

“Once one person hits her, we just rally and keep going,” Baird said. “Everyone comes back in and lets us know where she’s pitching.”

The Grizzlies (7-0, 11-2) took a 2-0 lead on a two-RBI double by sophomore Haley Winckler in the bottom of the first inning. The Knights cut the lead to 2-1 in the third when sophomore third baseman Camdyn Robinson hit a triple to drive in sophomore catcher Natalie Smullin, who led off with a single. Glacier Peak responded with a run in the bottom of the inning on a passed ball. The Grizzlies extended their lead to 6-1 in the fourth inning with three more runs. Winckler drove in another run with a single, Emily Scott hit a sacrifice fly and Miller helped herself with an RBI on a ground out.

The Knights refused to fold, scoring four runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 6-5. After she retired the first two Kamiak batters, Miller hit the next two Knights. Junior Lindsey Greenfield followed with a single to load the bases and Baird hit a single to left field to drive in two runs. Sophomore Katelyn Sonnichsen then smashed a double to right field to score two more runs. Glacier Peak scored one final run in the bottom of the inning on a wild pitch.

Miller settled down and shut out the Knights in the final two innings. Kamiak’s Greenfield started and was relieved by Sonnichsen in the fifth inning. Both pitched well.

“They’re looking good. That’s the first game we’ve pitched in a week,” Bradley said. “They have two different styles. … Katelyn came in and really took control of that last three innings.”

Sonnichsen allowed only one hit and struck out eight to help the Knights to an 11-0 victory over Cascade in a five-inning contest Wednesday, April 17, at Kamiak High School.

Teammate Kelci Carroll drove in three runs, while sophomore Jadynn Bushnell and Greenfield each had two RBI.

Kamiak is in sixth place in the league behind the Bruins (3-5, 6-8) and a game ahead of Mount Vernon (1-6, 3-10). The top five teams from the Wesco 4A advance to the Wes-King District playoffs.

The Knights are scheduled to play four games this week, including matchups with Mount Vernon (4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Mount Vernon), Lake Stevens (4 p.m., Thursday, April 24, at Lake Stevens) and Mariner (4 p.m., Friday, April 26, at Kamiak).

“When you’re hitting the ball like we did (against Glacier Peak), I know we can continue that momentum,” Bradley said. “I like where we’re at right now.”

Baird noted that the Knights started off league play with a couple of tough losses to Lake Stevens and Monroe.

“I think from now on, we’re going to kick it into high gear and play well,” she said.

Last week also was the first time this season the Knights were all healthy.

“This is the first game I’ve had all of my girls back since the flu and injuries,” Bradley said. “That starting lineup is a strong starting lineup. It made me happy to see them all working together.”

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