All season long, the Rogers High softball team has been hitting opponents hard on its way to a third-place finish in the South Puget Sound League South Division.
And at the Class 4A SPSL softball tournament over the weekend at Kent Service Fields, the Rams turned it up a notch after torching Kentlake (25-12), Kentwood (4-0) and finishing with a 12-2 win over city rival Emerald Ridge. Rogers’ win over Emerald Ridge gives the Rams the SPSL’s No. 5 seed heading into the West Central District 3 tournament, which starts Friday. The Jaguars are the No. 6 seed.
“We came out and first thing was ‘Let’s introduce them to our bats,’” Rogers coach Jaclyn Ramsey said. “(It’s about) coming up and having good at bats. Whether you have 10 pitches in an at-bat or make a quality out — they take that approach.”
In the Rams’ seeding game against Emerald Ridge, Rogers (14-8) used an early scoring outburst that opened up a 9-0 lead heading into the fifth inning.
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After Emerald Ridge’s Ayanna Arceneaux hit a two-run home run to cut into the lead in the fifth, the Rams responded with two runs of their own to make it 11-2.
Rogers slugger Sasha Killings greeted Emerald Ridge pitcher Tenli Petty to open the sixth inning with a solo shot to right center to enact the mercy rule.
“I know she pitches me and what I like — I just have to wait for that pitch and go for it,” Killings said.
The loss may seem like a major blow for Emerald Ridge (9-11), but the fact that the Jags were guaranteed a seed out of the SPSL made it an easier one to deal with.
Now all that’s left for the Jaguars is to regroup heading into districts.
“These games are just for us to figure what we have going on … figure out what we need to work on going in (to districts),” Emerald Ridge interim-coach Melanie Stoehr said.
Vikings split, earn No. 3 seed
It was a tough draw for Puyallup (14-6) as the Vikings faced Todd Beamer (19-2) to open the championship bracket of the SPSL tournament.
After Puyallup lost to eventual SPSL champion Beamer, 8-5, the Vikings fought back with a 10-9 win against North Division champion Tahoma (20-2) in the nightcap. The Vikings clinched the No. 3 seed with the win, while the Bears are the No. 4 seed heading into districts.