EVERETT — In the previous Wesco 3A softball game meeting between Everett and Lynnwood, the Royals found themselves down 13-0, but scored five runs in the sixth inning to prevent a mercy rule win by the Seagulls.
Those seemingly meaningless runs proved to be enormously influential in the rematch as the Royals exacted their revenge, knocking off previously undefeated Everett 9-7 on Monday.
“We talked about that (before the game), it was huge to score five,” Lynnwood head coach Matt Rockne said. “We had every reason to call it a game, but we didn’t. Going forward, (we gained) confidence from that and we wanted to show we could play a full seven innings.”
Erica Gott hit a two-run homer in the first and Meagan Crabtree added a solo shot in the fifth, but it was Royals’ leadoff hitter Jasmin Edwards who sparked the offense, finishing 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
“(Edwards) is a smart hitter, who knows the value of being on base and has a lot of speed,” said Rockne.
The Seagulls showed their resiliance, coming back from 2-0 and 7-4 deficits to tie the game on a run in the sixth. Kayla Deditius led the Everett offense with two hits and three RBI. But Lynnwood scored twice in the seventh, with Edwards scoring the go-ahead run from first on a Desiree Graham hit and miscue by the Everett defense.
Nursing a two-run lead and facing the bottom of the Everett lineup in the seventh, Gott retired the side in order, ending the game on a strikeout.
At Lincoln Field
Jessica Gott and Katie Eno. Abbey Facey, Alexie Levin (3) and Kayla Deditius. WP—Gott. LP—Levin. 2B—Jasmin Edwards (L), Meagan Crabtree (L), Cherise Shaver (E), Deditius. HR—Erica Gott (L), Crabtree. Records—Lynnwood 9-4 league, 12-5 overall. Everett 13-1, 17-1.