The disappointment came at the Class 4A state basketball tournament in the Tacoma Dome, where a finger injury kept her from playing during Arlington's run to the state championship game. She could only watch as the Eagles placed second with a loss to Mead in the final game.
The elation came a few months later as Ladines, a finalist for The Herald's 2013 Woman of the Year in Sports, led Arlington to a Class 4A state softball championship.
Though she missed some of the early season and then played the rest of the season with her finger not fully healed — no small thing, given that the injury was on her pitching hand — she was outstanding in leading the Eagles to the title. She went 12-1 in the regular season with a 0.17 earned-run average.
At the state tournament in Spokane, Ladines continued to excel, going 4-0 and striking out 55 of the 104 batters she faced. She was in the pitching circle as the Eagles bested Camas 2-1 in the championship game.
Ladines, who also contributed offensively by smacking 10 home runs in roughly half a season, is continuing her softball career at the college level as one of the top pitchers for Kent State University.
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