BOTHELL — The Lynnwood softball team scored three runs in the fourth inning and Jessica Gott held off a late Lake Stevens rally to preserve the Royals’ 3-2 win in a Wesco 4A crossover game on Wednesday.
Ahead 3-0 going into the seventh inning, Gott, hindered by a dropped third strike that allowed a Vikings runner to get on base, loaded the bases with only one out. The Royals senior coaxed a ground ball out of the next batter, but a throwing error allowed two Lake Stevens runners to score and put the go-ahead run on first base. Gott, though, struck out the next batter and got the final batter to pop out to lock up her eighth win of the season.
“It was just some unlucky defense behind her,” said Lynnwood coach Matt Rockne of Gott’s seventh inning. “It was nice to see her bear down and finish off the win. We knew going in Lake Stevens was very good, so it was huge to be able to beat them.”
Lynnwood got all five of its hits in a three-run fourth. Desiree Graham doubled with one out and scored on Madison Morgan’s double. Jessica Gott scored a run with an infield single and Meagan Crabtree doubled in a run to make it 3-0.
The win moves Lynnwood (5-4 league, 9-5 overall) into sole possession of second place in the Wesco 4A South behind Jackson. Lake Stevens had a chance to take over sole possession of second place in the 4A North after Arlington’s loss to Edmonds-Woodway on Tuesday, but the loss keeps them tied for second behind Snohomish with the Eagles.
At Lynnwood H.S.
Rayne Sylvester, Megan Barry (5) and Tehya Harney. Jessica Gott and Meagan Crabtree. WP—Gott (8-4). LP—Sylvester (4-2). 2B—Desiree Graham (Ly), Crabtree (Ly), Madison Morgan (Ly). Records—Lake Stevens 6-3 league, 12-3 overall. Lynnwood 5-4, 9-5.