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Tomahawks advance to State Tournament


Andrew Hines

Chloe Morgan, Marysville-Pilchuck's senior centerfielder, runs the bases early in the game at Phil Johnson Fields on May 15.

Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell both began their journey through the 3A District Softball Tournament on May 15.

Marysville-Pilchuck's first game came against the Meadowdale Mavericks. Through the first two innings neither team could score, but the Tomahawks were the first ones to cross home plate in the third inning. They kept their 1-0 shutout through the fifth inning, however the Mavericks tied it up in the top of the sixth. Marysville-Pilchuck answered right back with a huge 11-run inning in the bottom of the same inning and secured the victory with a score of 12-1.

Marysville Getchell's first game came against the Snohomish Panthers. The Chargers were able to score early in the first inning, but the Panthers were quick to answer back as they led 4-2 by the end of the second inning. Snohomish had another big inning in the third as they scored seven more runs and extended their lead to 11-2. They were able to keep this lead for the rest of the game to secure their win.

The Chargers' loss led to the third matchup of the day between the Panthers and the Tomahawks. Snohomish relied on their strong pitching effort as they maintained a shutout through the first five innings while scoring four total runs. In the sixth inning, Marysville-Pilchuck scored two runs, only to allow four more runs to the Panthers in the bottom of the same inning. The Tomahawks made one final push in the seventh inning, scoring four runs, but it wasn't enough as the Panthers walked away with the 8-6 victory.

"We're starting too slow. The girls are working hard and we need to not make any mistakes in order to be successful at this level. We're not going to roll over and we're ready to battle the rest of the way," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Aaron Zachry.

The Tomahawks were led by McKenzie Justice, Chloe Morgan and Cassidy Phelps. Justice, senior pitcher, racked up three strikeouts, and only allowed one run over six innings pitched. She also went 4-7 from the plate with two runs, five RBIs, two singles and two home runs. Morgan had an incredible day from the plate as she went 5-7 with four runs, four RBIs, a stolen base, three singles, an inside-the-park home run and a regular home run. Phelps went 3-8 but capitalized with two runs, three RBIs, a single, triple and a home run.

Andrew Hines

Brionna Palm, Marysville Getchell's sophomore pitcher, throws a strike in the fourth inning against Snohomish at Phil Johnson Fields on May 15.

"Our goal was to play with them and not make mistakes. We did that and they're excited to come back and compete as long as we can," said Marysville Getchell Head Coach Mike Moran.

The Chargers were led by Brionna Palm and Shannon Patton. Palm, sophomore pitcher, pitched the entire game and had a strong performance throughout the second half of the game. Patton, junior catcher, has been a solid all-around player all season but capped off her performance with a home run against the Panthers.

The Chargers season is over as they lost their next game to the Mavericks by a score of 7-2. They will look to come back next season and build on their success.

After losing to the Panthers, the Tomahawks went on a tear through the rest of the tournament, beating the Arlington Eagles, 19-8, and the Meadowdale Mavericks, 8-0. After coming in third in Districts, their next game will be against the Prairie Falcons at the Regional Athletic Complex on Friday, May 25, at noon.


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