Wenatchee Valley comes back from one-loss bracket to claim second Softball Championship
SPOKANE, WA -- The Wenatchee Valley Knights stunned the top-ranked Douglas Royals with back to back convincing wins the claim the 2017 softball title today under sunny skies at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane.
The Knights, who after losing to North Idaho in the second round Friday, won six consecutive elimination games in the one-loss side of the bracket to face the Royals at 11:00am today for a shot at the title.
WVC jumped out to a five run lead after two and a half innings to tally a 5-0 score before Douglas plated a score in the bottom half of the frame in the third to make it 5-1.
The Royals drove in another three runs in the sixth to make it 5-4, but WVC added another three of their own in the top to of the seventh to stretch the lead to 8-4, but DC couldn't recover, dropping the game 8-5.
Wenatchee Valley sophomore Ali Steen tallied a pair of home runs and added five RBIs to spark the Knights to victory and to set up the rubber match for the championship.
The Knights wasted no time in the title match scoring four runs in the top of the first inning to take a commanding lead. Jamie Withrow ripped a double to register 2 RBIs in the inning.
Douglas got on the board in the second inning with a run to make it 4-1 before Wenatchee plated three runs in both the top of the third and fourth innings to go up 10-1.
Looking like the game was going to end on the eight run rule - Douglas collected a run in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the fifth to get back into the contest 10-5, but that just about all they could muster as the Knights went on to win 12-6.
WVC ace Aaliyah Enriquez collected both wins for the Knights and was named the Tournament's MVP. Michael Garoutte, in his first year as the Knight's head coach, was named the Coach of the Year.
The title is Wenatchee Valley's second and their third title appearance dating back to NWAC softball's first season in 1980. They last won under former head coach Shelly Pflugrath in the 2013 season.
The Walla Walla Warriors placed third and the Bellevue Bulldogs took fourth.
MVP - Aaliyah Enriquez, Wenatchee Valley
Jamie Withrow, Wenatchee Valley
Jessica Lambert, Wenatchee Valley
Amber Writer, Wenatchee Valley
Ali Steen, Wenatchee Valley
Jordan Britten-Yung, Douglas
Daniella Vilio, Douglas
Keeley Ainge, Douglas
Cassa Courtney, Douglas
Dani Shotswell, Walla Walla
Rachell Collins, Walla Walla
Brandi Schoessler, Walla Walla
Payton Gibbs, Bellevue
Cierra Barkis, Bellevue