Fife easily claims subdistrict crown

Staff writerMay 17, 2014 

When 2A South Puget Sound League fastpitch champion Fife High School came to Boise Creek Park and Sports Complex in Enumclaw on Friday for the subdistrict tournament, the Trojans were expecting to win it all.

But they didn’t expect to win in such a dominating fashion.

The Trojans (20-1) defeated Orting, 6-1, in the final, bringing their run total for the tournament to 35 while giving up just three. The Trojans beat Renton, 20-0, in their first game, then defeated Franklin Pierce, 9-2, in the semifinals.

Fife gets the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in next week’s West Central District III tournament. Orting takes the No. 2 spot.

“Did we expect to dominate the way we did? I would have to say no,” Fife coach Michelle Nixon said. “We were confident we would do well. ... These girls did a great job in closing it out. It’s tough when you have to play three games to have that energy.”

Last year, White River stunned Fife late in the district title game. That loss was on the minds of the senior-laden team.

“They’ve been playing together for such a long time. ... They know each other well and play out there for one another,” Nixon said. “I feel good for these girls because they earned it today.”

Said Anna Kasner, who had two triples and an RBI for the Trojans: “It feels great. I love this. ... This is awesome.”

To get the title, Fife had to handle an Orting squad that shocked White River, 8-4, in the first round and routed Steilacoom, 10-0, in the semifinals.

“I don’t believe it was a surprise to us,” Orting coach Tyler Polly said. “We split the (season) series against White River anyways. ... We knew if we put it together, we could get here.”

The Cardinals struck first when McKenzie Behnke drove in Grace Schrader. That was all Fife’s Lauren Spencer would allow.

“I was able to get them with my screwball and slider,” said Spencer, who went the distance and struck out nine. “I thought it got a little weak at times. I like having the pressure on me and just working (my) pitch.”

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