The Marysville-Pilchuck softball team welcomed the Cedarcrest Red Wolves to their home field on April 9.
The Tomahawks got off to a hot start over the first two innings as they allowed zero runs and scored seven to establish an impressive 7-0 lead over the Red Wolves. After falling behind early, Cedarcrest responded with a huge nine-run performance in the top of the third. After holding Marysville-Pilchuck to zero runs in the bottom of the same inning, the Red Wolves held the 9-7 lead heading into the fourth.
Even with the huge swing in momentum, the Tomahawks stayed calm and kept fighting as they reclaimed the lead with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. With three innings left Marysville-Pilchuck held a 12-9 lead over Cedarcrest. Over the next few innings both teams would score two more runs each as the Tomahawks walked away with the high-scoring victory, 14-11.
“It felt great to go out on a quality win and I just love all of the girls on the team that made it so special. I’m going to miss the team and all of the coaches that have taught me the game over the last few years. I grew up with a lot of the girls and coaches and it’s like one big family. I’m going to miss them all but I have to stop my season right now and get ready for the next level,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Captain and future collegiate player Lily Fischer.
The game was bittersweet for the Tomahawks as they will be missing their captain Lily Fischer for the rest of the season due to season-ending shoulder surgery to repair torn ligaments. In her last game as a Tomahawk she filled the stat sheet with three hits, two runs, three RBIs and three doubles. Fischer also contributed on the mound as she racked up three strikeouts over the first two and a half innings.
“They competed and fought the entire game. We got up early and then all of a sudden we go from being up seven to down by two. They could have put their heads down and rolled over but instead they battled back. It was great to see what they are capable of,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Aaron Zachry.
Marysville-Pilchuck had huge contributions all over their roster including Lauren Lewis, Cassidy Phelps, Sydney Zachry. Lewis, junior outfielder, went 3-4 at the plate with two runs, one RBI, one stolen base and three singles. Phelps, sophomore shortstop, had two singles of her own to go with two runs, one RBI and one steal. Zachry, senior catcher, piled up the stats as she had three hits, two runs, two RBIs, three stolen bases, two singles and one triple.
The Tomahawks young freshman duo of Riley Perrine and Emily Downing also had big days of their own. Perrine, second base, notched two hits, one walk, one run, two RBIs and two singles. Downing, pitcher, made her presence felt on the mound as she earned five strikeouts over four and a half innings, as well as earning a single at the plate with one run.
If you want to cheer on the Tomahawks their next home game will be against the Oak Harbor Wildcats on Monday, April 22, at 4 p.m.