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Breidenbach pitches and hits Enumclaw to 3A State semifinals

Enumclaw’s Quinn Breidenbach, with helmet, gets congratulated by coach Mike Eckhart at home plate, after hitting a walk-off home run in a 2-1 victory over West Seattle at Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey on Friday. Enumclaw advanced to the state semifinals with two victories on Friday.
Enumclaw’s Quinn Breidenbach, with helmet, gets congratulated by coach Mike Eckhart at home plate, after hitting a walk-off home run in a 2-1 victory over West Seattle at Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey on Friday. Enumclaw advanced to the state semifinals with two victories on Friday. Staff photographer

On a day when defending 3A state softball champion Juanita was eliminated without scoring a run, Quinn Breidenbach made sure nothing of the kind happened to top-ranked Enumclaw.

With West Seattle senior pitcher Gabby Wenn in the zone during the Hornets’ first-round game, Breidenbach willingly took responsibility for Enumclaw’s fate.

The results were remarkable: A 13-strikeout performance and two home runs, including a walk-off blast to left with one out in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 2-1 victory over the Wildcats on Friday at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

“I always want the ball in pressure situations. It makes me feel alive inside,” the University of Massachusetts-bound senior said.

West Seattle’s only run came in the top of the seventh when Wenn homered off Breidenbach to tie the game at 1-1.

“The only home runs I think I’ve ever hit have come in the state tournament,” Breidenbach said. “I wanted to make solid contact, not overthink it, then I felt that sweet thunder.”

She added a third home run and picked up a second win as the Hornets downed an error-plagued Mount Spokane team, 9-3, in a quarterfinal later in the day.

Enumclaw (20-1) advances to play Everett, which downed Auburn Mountainview and Kelso, at 9 a.m. Saturday.

“They’re huge,” Enumclaw coach Mike Eckhart said of the Seagulls. “Those are some big kids who can hit the ball really well.”

Meanwhile, Auburn Mountainview (18-6) was eliminated by Lake Washington, 5-1, in the consolation second round. Prior to that, AMV defeated Juanita, 2-0, in an earlier consolation game.

Lions starter Zoe Collins struck out eight batters as she put together a three-hit shutout. Emily Martinez broke a scoreless tie with a run-scoring double in the fourth.

Everett defeated the Lions, 8-3, in the teams’ opener with Lily Hope’s home run the highlight for AMV, along with six strikeouts by Collins.

3A State Softball

First Round

Everett 1 0 1 0 1 4 1 – 8 10 1

Auburn Mountainview 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 - 3 7 3

WP – Sydney Taggart. LP – Zoe Collins (6K). AMV – Lily Hope (HR).

West Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 1 6 0

Enumclaw 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 - 2 3 0

WP – Quinn Breidenbach (13K). LP – Gabby Wrenn. WS – Wrenn 3-3 (HR, SB). Sam Hemmert 1-3 (SB). E – Breidenbach 2-3 (2HR).

Quarterfinals

Enumclaw 0 2 0 0 3 0 3 – 8 8 3

Mt. Spokane 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 – 3 4 7

WP – Breidenbach. LP – Riley Barnes. E – Breidenbach

Consolation

Auburn Mountainview 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 – 2 2 0

Juanita 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 3 0

WP – Collins (8K). LP – Lisa Nelson. AMV – Emily Martinez (2B, RBI)

Lake Washington 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 - 5 8 0

Auburn Mountainview 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 3 0

AMV – Adriana Lomeil-Smith (RBI)

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