ARLINGTON — The Arlington Eagles softball team was the preseason favorite to win the Wesco North largely due to the presence of catcher Lyndsay Amundson and pitcher Ronnie Ladines.
The Eagles have lived up to expectations and the starting battery came through again as Arlington improved to 3-0 in the Wesco North and 7-1 overall. Amundson had two hits and all three Eagles’ RBI and Ladines escaped jams in the fourth and seventh innings to narrowly edge an injury-plagued Marysville Pilchuck by a score of 3-2.
It wasn’t the best version of Arlington on display admitted head coach Lonnie Hicks.
“I gave the kids last week off,” Hicks said. “You could see the rust chunks fall off.”
The Eagles started the game well enough, with Ladines throwing a scoreless first. In the bottom of the frame, leadoff hitter Hayley Fields tripled and later scored on an Amundson RBI single.
Amundson added a two-run single in the third, scoring Katelyn Kazen and Fields, giving Arlington a 3-0 lead.
But Marysville Pilchuck (0-3, 5-3), which could only field nine players due to injuries, had a prime opportunity to get back into the game in the fourth, loading the bases with no one out. Ladines limited the damage to a Monica Clow sacrfice-fly and struck out the final hitter to escape the inning.
Clow hit another sacrfice fly in the sixth, scoring Abigail Otto to pull MP within a run.
In the seventh, the Tomahawks leadoff hitter walked and the potential tying run advanced to third following consecutive outs. Once again Ladines rose to the occasion, ending the game with a strike out.
At Arlington H.S.
Monica Clow and Jessica Christensen. Ronnie Ladines and Lyndsay Amundson. WP—Ladines (4-1). LP—Clow. 3B—Hayley Fields (A) 1. Records—Marysville Pilchuck 0-3 league, 5-3 overall. Arlington 3-0, 7-1.