Young Knights wrap up season at district tourney | Softball

Kamiak will bring back most of its players next season
By David Pan | May 22, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Natalie Smullin waits for the throw at home plate as Inglemoor’s Emma Fulgstad prepares to slide.

A young Kamiak softball team caught a glimpse of its potential future at the Wes-King 4A District tournament.

After falling 5-2 to Woodinville in the first round, the Knights rebounded to defeat Inglemoor 7-3 before being eliminated by Bothell 7-4 Wednesday, May 15, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

“The tournament I thought went well,” Knights coach Ann Bradley said. “The girls came back after the first loss and were ready to compete. It was nice to see that they played really well against both teams.”

The Knights started only two seniors and will return both of their pitchers – sophomore Katelyn Sonnichsen and junior Lindsey Greenfield.

Prior to this season, Sonnichsen and Greenfield has not pitched for Kamiak.

“They can come back with a full year of varsity experience,” Bradley said.

The Kamiak coach added that winning a game at the district tournament was a huge confidence boost for a young group of players.

“They believe that we can go to districts now and we can also get a win,” Bradley said. “They’ve come so far between last year and this year.”

Kamiak showed resiliency against the Vikings who seized a 2-0 lead in the third. Senior Heidi Baird drew a one-out walk and then later scored on a double by sophomore Sara Schnurman as the Knights cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth inning. The Vikings then responded with a run in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead.

Kamiak tied the score in the sixth when sophomore Kelci Carroll doubled to drive in Baird and Lilith Smith. The Knights then scored four runs in the seventh with Sonnichsen driving in a run with a single and Baird drawing a bases-loaded walk. The Knights scored two more runs on an infield single by Carroll, who finished with four RBI.

Sonnichsen allowed four hits and struck out 10 in a complete-game performance.

The victory sent Kamiak (12-11) into another loser-out game against Bothell. The two teams were tied at 4 at the end of three innings before the Cougars pushed across a run in each of the final three innings.

The Knights had opportunities to respond but this time weren’t able to connect.

“It was sort of the theme of the season,” Bradley said. “We’d get runners on and we just can’t get them in. But I really thought that my players left it on the field. They played hard until the end.”

Bradley sees a promising future for the Knights, who will have a strong group of middle school players moving up.

Kamiak overcame some adversity that occurred before the first pitch of the season. Three players the Knights were counting on ended up being sidelined with injuries. Two of them are expected back next season.

Bradley said one of the team’s goals is for everyone to stay healthy in the offseason.

“I want to see the younger players come up and compete hard,” she added. “I want the older girls to show leadership and to mentor the younger ones.”

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