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Arlington defeats Chargers 11-2

 

Andrew Hines

Peyton Brown slides into home for the Eagles against Marysville Getchell at Arlington High School on May 9.

Arlington's girls softball team came into the May 9 matchup against Marysville Getchell with a mindset to come out with intensity and put this game away early. However, the Chargers had another idea as they kept it close through five innings. In the end, the Eagles were able to kick into that next gear and explode in the fifth inning for seven runs. The final score for this matchup was 11-2.

The game looked to be a toss-up going into the bottom of the fifth. Marysville Getchell had not won a game in division play to this point in the season, and this looked like their opportunity to change that. Thea Hatch , the Chargers pitcher, played a great game on both sides of the plate. She allowed two runs in the first four innings and hit two-for-three at the plate.

"We made some mistakes. We had some critical errors. Early on we were making some plays, swung the bat okay, and that gave us a little ummph and some encouragement. Our girl was doing great through five and then we made some mistakes that really cost her the game, that's the bottom line," said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Mike Moran.

Shyne Mckay, Arlington catcher, showed up to play as she led the Eagles by going .500 at the plate and knocking in five RBIs. Not only did she produce nearly half of the runs for Arlington, she also successfully stole three bases throughout the matchup. Kendall Fields and Chandler Bishop also contributed with a RBI and a double, respectively, as well as being vocal leaders on the way to a victory.

Andrew Hines

Arlington's Chandler Bishop throws a strike early in the game against Marysville Getchell at Arlington High School on May 9.

"We talked in the beginning of this game about how we needed to jump on them and shut them down early. Obviously that didn't happen and we waited to explode in the last innings. We knew what we did and came out relaxed. We have Everett next and we want to come out strong," said Arlington pitcher Chandler Bishop.

With this win Arlington secures their spot as the third seed for the postseason and are looking to capitalize on their recent play. Earlier in the season they failed to play like a team but have recently found their chemistry.

"We really took our time. In the beginning of the season we were playing for ourselves until it clicked and we realized we had to play for each other. Playing to get the outs, instead of trying to get in the papers, is what we're all about now," said Arlington center fielder Kendall Fields.

 

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