SILVERDALE — The Klahowya Eagles softball team didn’t waste any time against Seattle Christian on Tuesday, going up 4-1 after two innings and beating the Warriors 7-1 in a West Central District 1A pigtail game.
The win put the Eagles into the main bracket, facing Bellevue Christian at 2 p.m. Friday at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.
.@KlahowyaEagles took a 4-1 lead early over Seattle Christian and never looked back as they beat the Warriors 7-1 in a WCD1A softball pigtail game. The Eagles face Bellevue Christian Friday at the RAC at 2 pm pic.twitter.com/wwrpxrwV3U
— Annette Griffus (@AnnetteWSSports) May 16, 2018
It’s the fourth straight district appearance for Klahowya, who is trying to get back to state for the first time since 2003-04.
But first things first. Klahowya can put itself into the championship game with a win against Bellevue. With just two spots available to state, every game matters.
Eagles coach Jodie Gagnon said she would like to see, and expects to see, her players show up ready to play Friday.
“We had some girls show up late, and it just set a negative tone,” she said. “I think they’re going to change that going forward. I think we played great defense but we didn’t execute plays when we needed to. Base-running wasn’t up-to-par, in my book, but we will work on that.”
Gagnon was surprised considering how well Klahowya played last week against Hoquiam and Elma in non-league tuneups for districts. The Eagles lost both games, but they faced strong teams that pushed them and they responded well.
“We played some really, really good games … the best I’ve seen these girls play,” she said. “We showed we’re capable of it and we can compete with the top (teams). If we can come out and do that, not a doubt in my mind we can win districts.”