The undefeated streak is over for the Enumclaw High School softball team, but coach Mike Eckhart isn’t too worried.
“It’s exactly what we needed,” he said. “We haven’t been pushed all year.”
The Hornets (18-1, 14-0 3A SPSL) dropped their first game of the season — their first regular-season loss since two years ago — as 2A SPSL champion White River won, 4-2, on Friday.
White River (16-1, 13-0 2A SPSL) posted two runs each in the third and fifth innings to hand Enumclaw pitcher Quinn Breidenbach (12-1) her first loss. The four runs scored doubled the number of runs Breidenbach has allowed all season — now eight in 67 innings.
“We saw how she was pitching us after the first couple times through (the lineup),” White River coach Brandon Walker said. “It was just smart hitting.”
In the third inning, Breidenbach surrendered a two-out walk to Jordanne Fray. Megan Vandegrift then tripled to score Fray and came around to score herself on an error in centerfield — Enumclaw tallied five errors in the game.
Madelyn Carlson tied it at 2-2 for Enumclaw in the fourth, hitting an RBI triple deep to right center before stealing home during the next at-bat. But Brooklyn Isaacs drove in two more for White River in the fifth on an RBI triple to right center.
Kayla Smith held Enumclaw to its lowest run total of the season, allowing four hits, two walks and striking out seven in seven innings.
“They outhit us, their pitcher did a great job moving the ball around and we had errors coming out of our ears,” Eckhart said.
Enumclaw heads to the 3A West Central District tournament at Sprinker Recreation Center on May 22.
White River — which has appeared at the 2A state tournament the last four years, placing 7th in 2013 — has three regular-season games remaining and plays Franklin Pierce Monday at 4 p.m. at home. The 2A West Central District tournament begins May 22 at Sprinker.
4A SPSL SOFTBALL
Todd Beamer 3, Bethel 2: The Braves weren’t quite able to upend both of the 4A SPSL North powers in one day.
After handing Tahoma its first loss of the season earlier on a home run from Brittany Genuardi, Bethel lost to Beamer on Anneliese Scott’s walk-off single.
The Titans earned the No. 1 seed out of the SPSL to the 4A West Central District tournament with the victory. Bethel takes the second seed.
The Braves tied the game at 2 on Amanda Lyyski’s two-run double in the top of the sixth inning. Genuardi tried to score from first but was called out on a close play at the plate.
Scott then hit a single to center field in the bottom of the seventh to score Grace Sunitsch and end the game.
That came after Beamer had beaten 4A SPSL South champ Puyallup, 8-5, earlier in the day and Bethel beat SPSL North champ and previously unbeaten Tahoma. Genuardi hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to lift Bethel to the 2-1 win.
Puyallup then went on to hand Tahoma its second loss with a 10-9 victory in the third/fourth place game.
The North Thurston girls tennis team had a pair of singles players advance to the semifinals of the 3A Narrows League tournament on Friday.
Ainsley Winterrowd and Alison Wood will both represent the Rams in Saturday’s semis after a pair of match wins each on Friday. Winterrowd will face Mount Tahoma’s AJ Ramirez, who won 6-3, 6-3 over Wilson’s Delaney Dawson in the quarterfinals. Wood faces Central Kitsap’s Mackenzie Hawkins, who didn’t lose a game in her opening-round match and beat Wilson’s Nora Riches, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
Lincoln’s tandem of Miriam Cabrera and Lilly Le won both of its matches to reach the semifinals on the doubles side.