A Cascade player hits seconds, tries to run for third, and slides back to second during an Everett and Cascade softball game at Phil Johnson Ballfields in Everett, Washington on Friday, April 21, 2023. Cascade won, 12-2. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

A Cascade player hits seconds, tries to run for third, and slides back to second during an Everett and Cascade softball game at Phil Johnson Ballfields in Everett, Washington on Friday, April 21, 2023. Cascade won, 12-2. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Surowiec no-hitter, big bats power Cascade past Everett

The Bruins score seven runs in the fourth inning to back a strong pitching performance and beat the Seagulls 12-2 in five innings.

EVERETT — A fourth inning avalanche was all the Cascade High School softball team needed as they blazed past league rival Everett.

The Bruins notched eight hits in the fourth and went 12-for-27 at the plate overall, recovering from an early 2-1 deficit to beat the Seagulls 12-2 in five innings in a Wesco 3A/2A showdown Friday at the Phil Johnson Ballfields.

In the initial stages, Everett (7-7, 5-5 Wesco 4A) capitalized on an error at first base in the top of the third, which scored senior Ruby Wacker to provide the Seagulls with an early edge.

After the miscue it was all Cascade (10-4, 8-1), as the Bruins minimized the damage the rest of the inning and took off running.

“Coming from a tough loss against Meadowdale where we actually made a lot of errors, I think that helped this team grow,” Cascade coach Mike Perrine said. “You can still make errors in a game and not get taken out of it. That’s something I harped on today in the pregame, this is a chess match and one error doesn’t win you a game and it doesn’t lose you a game.”

Senior ace Abby Surowiec had a field day on both sides of the ball. She completed a no-hitter with six strikeouts in the circle, giving up three walks. At the plate, she went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored as the Bruins had seven different players plate a run.

“It’s a combination of our senior (Surowiec) hitting her spots and doing her job, huge kudos to her for finding it today,” Perrine said. “And people making big plays behind her. In that last inning, that diving catch in right field by Lauryn Thompson …. those are the plays you need to shut a team like that out.”

When Cascade went back to the plate in the bottom of the third, a two-run bomb from senior Alexa Hamshaw (3-for-3, three RBI) put the Bruins in the driver’s seat.

Leading 5-2 entering the fourth, Cascade’s bats could do no wrong. The Bruins piled up seven runs in the bottom of the fourth, including four hits in a row as they closed out in convincing fashion.

“We only lost two seniors from last season, (so) we are pretty tight knit right now,” Perrine said. “These girls really learned what it’s like to win last year, winning Wesco and going to state. A season like that really does a lot for a team, and I think it shows this year, too.”

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