Key hits elude Knights in 4A District opener | Softball

Kamiak faces Inglemoor in a loser-out game on Wednesday, May 15, at Phil Johnson Fields
By David Pan | May 14, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Katelyn Sonnichsen pitches to Woodinville in a 4A District 1 tournament game Friday, May 10, at Phil Johnson Fields.

Kamiak didn’t have any problems producing hits against Woodinville.

The Knights outslugged their opponent 8 to 6, but Kamiak wasn’t able to string together enough of those hits.

The Falcons also were able to take advantage of four errors and went on to defeat the Knights 5-2 in a Wes-King 4A District softball tournament game Friday, May 10, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

The loss sends Kamiak (11-10) into a loser-out game against Inglemoor at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, at Phil Johnson Fields. The winner takes on either Bothell or North Creek in another loser-out game about half an hour after the first contest.

Coming into the district tournament, coach Ann Bradley and her coaching staff stressed that the Knights needed to practice patience at the plate.

“That’s something we’ve struggled with a lot at the beginning of the season,” senior co-captain Heidi Baird said. “We really worked on that today in the game.”

Bradley saw the discipline she wanted to see on offense but was frustrated with the 14 runners that were left on base.

“My girls sometimes get that attitude when the bases are loaded, they forget that singles win and they want to crush the ball,” Bradley said. “We’ll continue to stress the idea that small ball really wins games.”

The Falcons (17-6) scored one run in the first and two more in the second to jump out to a 3-0 advantage. The Knights cut the deficit to 3-1 with a run in the fourth. Woodinville responded with a run in the fifth.

Kamiak scored another run in the sixth to close to within two runs – 4-2 – before the Falcons responded with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Only two of the five Woodinville runs were earned.

“The difference is we left a lot of people on the bags,” sophomore co-captain Jadyn Bushnell said. “It’s a very mental game. I felt like the errors that we made were mostly mental.”

Kamiak’s Katelyn Sonnichsen struck out six in six innings of work. Sophomore third baseman Camdyn Robinson and sophomore catcher Natalie Smullin each had two hits. Kamiak had four other sophomores in the lineup.

“I’m excited for Wednesday,” Bradley said. “They’re young, but they’re good. They believe in each other.”

WESCO 4A TEAMS WIN: Three of the four teams in the Wes-King District semifinals hail from the Wesco 4A. League champion Lake Stevens faces defending state champion Jackson in one semifinal game, while Glacier Peak takes on Eastlake in the other. Both contests are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

The Timberwolves defeated Newport 9-6 and Lake Stevens edged the Falcons 9-8 in the quarterfinals. Glacier Peak upended Bothell 14-10.

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