Granite Falls softball sweeps Lakewood in doubleheader

GRANITE FALLS — The Granite Falls softball team had an opportunity Friday not only to clinch a district playoff berth, but to make a statement about how they are evolving as a team and a play for second place in the Cascade Conference.

The Tigers seized that opportunity with both hands, sweeping a doubleheader against current second-place Lakewood 13-1 and 5-2.

Lauren Harding dominated in the pitcher’s circle, holding Lakewood to three runs and six hits over 13 innings.

“She has just stepped up and really become a fantastic pitcher and a fantastic leader on the team,” said Tigers head coach Jillian Piland.

Piland has been working with Harding to exploit hitters’ weaknesses and to be more intelligent.

“She threw her screwball today that was just phenomenal,” Piland said. “No one could hit it. She has been my workhorse for sure.”

The rest of the Granite Falls squad stepped up as well, racking up 18 runs on 27 hits in the two games. Caitlyn Munce hit a combined 5-for-6 with three RBI and catcher Lacy Downs finished the day 4-for-7 with six RBI and a triple in each game.

“Being a new coach this year it has been a challenge getting to know the players. We knew it was going to be a big one (today). The girls have a lot of fight in them and they came out with their top game,” said Piland.

The sweep means that Granite Falls owns the tiebreaker against Lakewood for the Cascade Conference No. 2 seed. So if the Tigers win their final two games or splits the last two and Lakewood loses its finale Granite Falls is guaranteed the No. 2 seed in the district tournament.

At Granite Falls H.S.

Lakewood100000x—133

Granite Falls521022x—13171

Haley Malakowski, Jennaka Larson (5) and Mikayla Holmes. Lauren Harding and Lacy Downs. WP—Harding (9-4). LP—Malakowski. 2B—Mikayla Engstrom (GF), Emily Walbon (GF), Lacy Downs (GF). 3B—Lacy Downs (GF), Maddie Holmes (L). Records—Lakewood 11-5 league, 12-6 overall. Granite Falls 10-5, 11-6.

Lakewood0010001—231

Granite Falls004010x—5102

Haley Malakowski and Mikayla Holmes. Lauren Harding and Lacy Downs. WP—Harding (9-4). LP—Malakowski. 2B—Haley Malakowski (L), Jennaka Larson (L). 3B—Lacy Downs (GF). Records—Lakewood 11-5 league, 12-6 overall. Granite Falls 10-5, 11-6.

More in Sports

Local quartet lifts the playoff-bound CWU football team

Four Snohomish County natives start for the 11-0 Wildcats.

Wesco and Cascade Conference athletes honored

Check out the 2017 all-conference teams.

Washington State brings improved defense into Apple Cup

Typically known for its Air Raid offense, the Cougars are excelling on both sides of the ball.

Silvertips looking for offense entering weekend series

Everett will look to snap a 2-game losing streak when faces Tri-City on the road.

Seahawks waive Freeney from depleted defense

The surprising move comes on the heels of a loss where poor pass rush was an issue for Seattle.

Sounders beat Houston 2-0 in 1st leg of West finals

Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin scored for the Sounders, who host the second leg Nov. 30.

Trump calls father of freed UCLA player an ‘ungrateful fool’

He complained again that LaVar Ball hasn’t credited him for the release by China of three basketball players.

Apple Cup notebook: Leach’s Cougars without special motivation

The Washington State coach said his team will prepare like it’s a normal game.

Seattle falls short in 34-31 home loss to Atlanta

Russell Wilson rallied the Seahawks late, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a defeat.

Most Read