Prep softball photo gallery: Warriors earn state tournament berth; play for district title Friday

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Edmonds-Woodway High School’s softball team earned a 3A state tournament berth Tuesday with two victories in the 3A District 1 softball tournament. The Warriors beat Arlington 22-2 and then went on to defeat Everett 4-3.

The Warriors opened play facing the Eagles from Arlington at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett. E-W jumped out to an early lead, scoring six runs in the first inning, and added eight more in the second. Senior Kyra Collingridge started the game for Edmonds-Woodway, only allowing two runs on two hits, while striking out eight. The Warriors added eight more runs in the fourth inning to put the game away for a five-inning mercy rule win, 22-2.

Freshman Sofia Chamorro was 3-for-5 at the plate, including a double, two runs scored and five runs batted in. Gracie Boyd, Ciara Ortiz, Heidi Davis, Mya Fegler, and Collingridge each added three hits a piece on the afternoon. The win advanced them to a second-round game also played Tuesday evening facing the Everett Seagulls.

During the second-round game, Everett jumped out to an early lead when they plated a run on a triple from shortstop Megan Gordan that drove in catcher Rachel Klein-Christensen, who had singled to lead off the game. Gordon then scored on a ground out by the next hitter, to give the Seagulls a 2-0 advantage.

The Warriors wasted no time getting even when Ciara Ortiz took a 2-1 pitch and homered to center field, driving in Gracie Boyd who had reached on an error earlier in the inning.

The score remained 2-2 until the bottom of the sixth inning.  Boyd led off the inning with a single to center. Ortiz struck out, but Mariah Woolery followed with a single to center, advancing Boyd to second base.

Annika Forseth then popped a ball up to center that fell in for a single. Boyd scored on an error by the center fielder, while Morgan Sweet — who had been inserted as a pinch runner for Woolery — and Forseth advanced to third and second on the play, giving the Warriors a 3-2 lead.

Sofia Chamorro flew out to right field on the next at bat, allowing  Sweet to tag up and score the fourth Edmonds-Woodway run.  Heidi Davis struck out to end the inning, sending the game to the seventh, with the Warriors leading 4-2.

Woolery, who had started the game and pitched all seven innings for Edmonds-Woodway, gave up one Seagull run in the seventh, but manage to close out the game and the victory for the Warriors, 4-3. She finish with three runs allowed on six hits, striking out four in seven innings of work.

The win clinches a state tournament trip for the Warriors and a trip to the District Tournament Championship game Friday night, May 18, against the Snohomish Panthers. That game will start at 6 p.m.

Snohomish edged the Warriors 5-3 in their meeting on April 20.

— By Scott Williams

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