Offensive woes sink Edmonds-Woodway

  • David Pan<br>Enterprise sports editor
  • Thursday, February 28, 2008 9:56am

A day after Edmonds-Woodway’s Tracie Adix pitched her first no-hitter of the season, the Warriors found themselves in yet another no-hit affair.

Only this time, Edmonds-Woodway was the team without any hits as Kamiak’s Krista Colburn shut down the Warriors 1-0 in a Western Conference 4A South Division game April 15 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Colburn, who only had four strikeouts, didn’t overpower the Warriors.

“We hit the ball,” said Edmonds-Woodway coach Amy Mensing. “We just hit the ball directly at somebody. It was just one of those games.”

Colburn also was responsible for the only run of the game. She singled in the third inning, stole second, stole third and then scored on a bad throw to third base.

“She just had an unbelievable game,” Mensing said. “Defensively, she probably fielded 10 balls. We hit really hard balls right back at her. She made the plays every time.”

The lack of run production marred an otherwise solid effort by Adix, who allowed six hits and struck out nine.

“She’s been great the whole season,” Mensing said. “We just haven’t been able to get the runs to support her,” Mensing said.

Edmonds-Woodway’s defense also has been solid all season. It’s the lack of runs that have done in the Warriors, who fell to 4-5 in the league and 5-6 overall.

“We’ve had great defense,” Mensing said. “It’s our offense.”

In Monday’s game against Everett, both Adix and Seagull pitcher Aimee Sisco both took no hitters into the seventh inning.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Maddie King broke up the Sisco’s no-hitter with a single and scored on catcher Brynn Noack’s triple, as the Warriors pulled out a 1-0 victory.

Those two individuals are the heart of the Edmonds-Woodway lineup.

“Maddie … is up there ripping the ball every time,” Mensing said. “Brynn Noack is hitting them deep and Tracie is hitting the ball really well. But it takes more than three hitters.”

Edmonds-Woodway is having trouble getting on base for King, Noack and Adix to drive in.

“We’re having a hard time manufacturing runs,” said Mensing. “We’ve got to them on base first.”

Mensing can’t quite pinpoint the problem since the Warriors are hitting the ball well in practice. She thinks it may be just matter of nerves.

“I think we’re putting too much pressure on ourselves,” she said. “We’re too tight …we’re thinking too much because we’re doing everything right in practice. Once they get into the batter’s box, they’re not thinking the same way they do in practice.”

Mensing is hoping that moving some people around in the lineup will yield some positive results.

She also hopes the players will bring some more intensity to their offensive approach.

“We have to pick up our intensity,” Mensing said. “We’ve had so many cuts (in practice). It’s just carrying it out on the field.”

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