Stellar pitching, offense lift Kamiak past Mariner | Softball

Knights also beat Bruins, Bulldogs
By David Pan | Apr 04, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Cecilia Robbins delivers a pitch against Cascade during a Wesco 4A game Wednesday, March 28, at Kamiak High School. The Knights won 5-2.

Cecilia Robbins’ arm and bat helped power Kamiak past district rival Mariner.

Robbins allowed one hit, struck out 13 batters and drove in four runs to lead the Knights to an 8-0 victory over the Marauders in a Wesco 4A softball game Monday, April 2, at Mariner High School.

The Kamiak senior hit a two-run double in the first inning and then repeated the feat in the fifth inning after Mariner intentionally walked freshman Jadynn Bushnell, who had homered in the third inning.

“I just saw a really big ball,” Robbins said of the double in the first inning. “I was just ready to hit today.”

The same could be said of her teammates, as the Knights finished with 13 hits in the contest.

“I feel like we all hit really well and we played a lot of good defense,” Robbins said. “My curveball and screwball were working well along with my change-up.”

First-year Mariner coach Nathan Beachy said that Robbins was throwing a lot of quality pitches.

“She had a lot of movement,” Beachy said. “Our team, we’ve got to be better putting the ball in play. We had too many strikeouts, too many unproductive outs. We have to make sure that every out is somewhat productive or at least we’re putting pressure on the defense.”

Mariner defense continues to make progress.

“We’re seeing our outfield improve a lot lately,” Beachy said. “We keep trying different girls in different places, trying to find the right combination.”

The Knights (3-1 in the league. 5-3 overall) opened league play with a 5-2 victory over Cascade Wednesday, March 28 at Kamiak High School. The Knights led 2-1 heading into the sixth and then tacked on three runs to take a 5-1 lead.

“They did a great job offensively,” Kamiak coach Ann Bradley said. “It took a little while for the bats to come alive. Once they did it was good.”

Jackie Rookaird was 2-for-3 with three runs and Robbins was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run. Camdyn Robinson was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.

Robbins allowed only three hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.

“She’s pitching great this year,” Bradley said. “She’s got really good movement on her ball. Her change-up is pretty nasty. When she’s on … it’s a game changer.”

Kamiak’s bats fell silent in a 9-0 loss to Lake Stevens Thursday, March 29, at Lake Stevens. The Vikings limited the Knights to only one hit.

“I think it was an off day,” Bradley said. “We were a little flat.”

Lake Stevens jumped out to a 4-0 after three innings and then scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.’

The Knights then bounced back in a big way, defeating Mount Vernon 12-4 Friday, March 30 at Mount Vernon High School.

Bushnell was 2-for-3 with three RBI, two runs and two stolen bases and senior Elaine Nikolaidis was 1-for-4 with three RBI and a run. Freshman Natalie Smullin was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs. Rookaird was 2-for-5 with two runs and sophomore Lindsey Greenfield was 3-for-4 with a run.

Robbins struck out six in the complete-game performance. Only one of the four runs was earned.

The Marauders (0-4, 4-6) opened league play with an 8-1 loss to Mount Vernon and then dropped 13-0 and 14-1 games to defending district champion Jackson and state participant Glacier Peak.

The Mariner offense produced solid numbers in its four nonconference victories over Chief Sealth (15 runs), Oak Harbor (7 runs) Shorecrest (12 runs) and Bellingham (22 runs).

“It’s getting better,” Beachy said. “We’re halfway through the season. Hopefully, we’ll continue to improved.”

Kamiak is scheduled to host Monroe at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 and then is off for spring break. The Knights resume play at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 at Jackson.

Mariner faces the Bearcats at 6 p.m., Friday, April 6, at Monroe High School and then hosts Cascade at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 17.

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