Everett earns first trip to state fastpitch tourney

By Brad Victor

Herald Writer

LYNNWOOD – Everett earned its first ever berth to the state fastpitch softball tournament by defeating Stanwood 5-2 Saturday in a loser-out Northwest District 3A playoff game at Lynnwood High School.

Meanwhile, Jackson, which already had been assured a state torunament berth, won the district playoffs by beating Lake Stevens 1-0 in eight innings. The Timberwolves go to state as the district’s No. 1 seed and the Vikings go as No. 2.

Everett, the Western Conference 3A No. 3 seed, took advantage of three Stanwood errors and Seagulls pitcher Julie Vanek pitched a complete game three-hitter, striking out eight while allowing no walks.

“This is a nice victory considering they swept us in the regular season,” Everett head coach Kyle Peacock said.

“Julie pitched a great game for us today,” Peacock added. “She was focused,”.

Everett scored quickly, getting an RBI double from Christine Lee in the bottom of the first inning and added another run in the bottom of the second when Aimee Sisco scored on a fielder’s choice.

Stanwood evened the score in the top of the fifth inning on a two-RBI single by Cassy Colony.

But the score wasn’t tied for long. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Sisco came to the plate with the bases loaded and came through with a bases-clearing, three-RBI single that gave Everett the lead for good.

“Aimee came up big for us today with some key hits, and we played well as a team,” Peacock said.

Later in the afternoon, Sedro-Woolley beat Everett 7-1 behind great pitching from Carme Bauman and a three-run homerun from Sarah Hyatt. By winning the game, Sedro Woolley earned the district’s third berth to the state tournament and Everett got the fourth berth. Earlier in the day, Sedro Woolley beat Mount Vernon 8-0 in a loser-out game.

In the Northwest District 3A championship game, Jackson’s Amanda Nealer out-dueled Stephanie Cochrun of Lake Stevens. The teams combined for only six hits in the game while Nealer and Cochrun put on a show by combining for 25 strikeouts and walking just three.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Jackson’s Lindsey Shandera led off with a single. Melissa Klein then doubled into the right-center field gap to drive in Shandera for the game-winning run.

Signer and Mai. Vanek and Loesche. WP-Vanek. LP-Signer. 2B-Sisco (E), Lee (E), Hudson (E).

At Lynnwood High School















Vanek, Sisco (5) and Loesche, Baird (6). Bauman and Letlellier. WP-Bauman. LP-Vanek. HR-Hyatt (SW).

At Lynnwood High School

Northwest District 3A Championship game

Lake Stevens














Cochrun and Taylor. Nealer and Chase. WP-Nealer. LP-Cochrun. Records-Jackson 16-7 overall. Lake Stevens 15-8.

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