The Marysville-Pilchuck softball team hosted the Arlington Eagles in a back-and-forth game on April 15.
The Tomahawks got off to a hot start as they dominated from both sides of the plate early on against the Eagles. Marysville-Pilchuck had two back-to-back four-run innings while shutting out Arlington through the second. Heading into the third inning, the Tomahawks held a commanding 8-0 lead.
The Eagles were able to change the momentum in the third as they earned their first shutout inning over Marysville-Pilchuck. Arlington looked to close the gap in the fourth as they had a four-run inning of their own while keeping the Tomahawks from putting any more on the scoreboard. The Eagles continued to inch closer to M-P with a two-run fifth inning, putting them behind by 8-6 heading into the final two innings. Unfortunately for Arlington, Marysville-Pilchuck managed to allow zero runs through the final stretch and walked away with the 8-6 victory.
“It was a good win, but we have to do a better job at finishing plays because you won’t win many games when you give a team extra outs. We did a lot of good things with such a young team and the future is bright for the program,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Aaron Zachry.
The Tomahawks had contributors all over their lineup including Sydney Zachry, Lauren Lewis, Cassidy Phelps and Emily Downing. Zachry, senior catcher, and Lewis, junior center fielder, had the same statline as they each finished the day with two hits, two runs, one RBI, one stolen base, one single and one double. Phelps, sophomore shortstop, led the team with three hits, one run, three RBIs, two stolen bases, two singles and one double. Downing, freshman pitcher, controlled the mound through the first four innings while recording four strikeouts. She also had a perfect day at the plate going 2-2 with two hits, two walks, one run, two RBIs, a double and a home run.
“We showed how we could play in the second half of the game. It is a little frustrating to see them start competing late, but I think it also showed their ability to work hard and make it a close one against a very good team,” said Arlington Head Coach Ashleigh Beard.
The Eagles were led by their strong junior duo of Madisyn Estes and Tia Langley. Estes, third baseman, had one hit on the day for a triple, one walk and two runs. Langley, shortstop, had the game-high in hits going a perfect 4-4 at the plate for two doubles and two singles. She also accounted for half of the team's runs with two runs and an RBI.
Arlington’s young freshman duo of Lexi Eck and Elizabeth Durfee also had a big day against the Tomahawks. Eck, left fielder, finished with two hits, one single, one double and two RBIs. Durfee, pitcher, pitched the entire game against Marysville-Pilchuck while totaling four strikeouts over six innings.
If you want to support the Tomahawks their next home game will be against the Stanwood Spartans on Wednesday, May 1, at 4 p.m. Or if you want to come out for the Eagles their next home game will be on Friday, April 26, at 4 p.m. against the Spartans as well.