SELAH — Fife High School’s fastpitch team is just two wins away from clinching its first state trophy since their back-to-back powerhouse teams from 2000 and 2001.
Riding the pitching and hitting of their only two nonsenior starters – junior Lauren Spencer and sophomore Anna Kasner – the Trojans won two of three games Friday in the Class 2A state fastpitch tournament at Selah’s Carlon Park.
Playing in the consolation bracket, Fife (25-3) can advance to the third-/fourth-place game with two victories.
“Not too shabby,” Fife coach Michelle Nixon said after her team’s 10-1 drubbing of Sequim in the day’s third game.
“We’ve got eight seniors, and seven start, but we’ll definitely have great pitching coming back next year – and great bats. They both can really hit the ball.”
Spencer came up big in the Trojans’ 7-6 first-round victory over Tumwater, going 3-for-3 with her first home run of the season and pitching the first 5 innings, leaving with a one-run lead and the bases loaded. Kasner came on in relief and got out of that jam, then pushed the lead up to two runs with a RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
Kasner then got into trouble herself in the seventh, when Tumwater loaded the bases and pushed across a two-out run. Senior second baseman Ali Roselli saved the victory, snaring a grounder and stepping on second for the final out.
“Ali Roselli is a great middle infielder,” Nixon said. “That kid will dive for anything. She didn’t have to there, but I knew she could cover that.
“The girls played intense. That was a very well-played game, very competitive, and we knew going in it would be.”
The Trojans lost, 5-1, in the semifinals to Othello, which got two home runs from sophomore pitcher Madison Martinez.
Fife then bounced back to beat Sequim. Kasner slugged a grand slam in that game, while Spencer and Victoria Berg combined to collect five hits.
Orting (18-8) managed just six hits in two games, and had its season end after losing, 4-0, to Deer Park, and 9-2 to Port Angeles.