Warriors defeat Royals in Wesco 4A south district opener

Brooklynn Bailey hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning and had three RBIs to help the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors defeat the Lynnwood Royals 6-3 in the 4A Wesco South district opener at Lynnwood Wednesday evening.

The Royals got a quick lead in the first inning when Jessica Gott hit a single and her sister Erica followed it with a triple deep to right field. After that, it wasn’t till the fourth inning that either team would get another hit. Warriors’ shortstop Moni Jackson slapped to left field then stole around the bases to set herself up in scoring position. When Brooklyn Bailey hit a far fly to center field Jackson tagged up and ran home to tie the game.

Two innings later, the EW offense went blazing and scored five more runs. Starting off was Kailee Whitmore, who got to first base thanks to an error and then stole second. Lauren Nguyen got a hit just out of reach of the second baseman, moving Whitmore to third. On a wild pitch to Cassady Orstad, Whitmore came home and Nguyen moved to second.

Orstad placed a great bunt and beat the throw to first with Nguyen advancing to third. Another wild pitch and Nguyen came home. Orstad ,now standing on second base, watched as Bailey cracked another deep ball out to center field and over the fence, and the Warriors took a 5-1 lead.

Finishing out the game, E-W would add another run from Whitmore when she came home on a wild pitch to Jackson. Lynnwood would make a great attempt at a comeback, scoring two runs when both Taylor Speegle and Desiree Graham came home following a triple by Erica Gott.

E-W plays again this Friday at home against Kamiak at 4 p.m.

WP/WC- Katelynn Lafferty/Cassady Orstad
LP/LC- Erica Gott/Alayne Koahou

2B-Jessica Gott (L). Erica Gott (L)
3B–Erica Gott (L).
HR–Brooklynn Bailey (E-W)

Records–Edmonds-Woodway 1-0 league, 3-3 overall. Lynnwood 0-1 league, 2-4 overall.

— Report courtesy of EWHS softball parent Nikki Jackson.

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