It seems it was destiny, or providence, for the Olympic Trojans softball team to make the state tournament and earn the No. 3 seed from the West Central District.
Now, the Trojans will face the Ridgefield Spudders in the first-round of the 2A state tourney at Carlon Park in Selah. Ridgefield is coached by Dusty Anchors, who coached the Trojans for six seasons. He was also the game announcer for Trojans boys and girls basketball and Olympic College men’s and women’s basketball. He, along with Lane Dowell, hosted a local radio show on Saturday’s talking with high school basketball coaches.
Anchors, who led Olympic to the 2010-11 state tournament, is battling terminal heart failure.
“I feel very honored to get a chance to be on the field with Dusty and his team,” said Olympic coach Jessica Cabato. “Weeks ago I watched him and his girls on the news, telling their story of their season. It was an inspiration. I believe it will be a great match up against two very passionate teams.”
Olympic (18-4) and Ridgefield (18-3) will play at 10 a.m. Friday. A win and the Trojans will move into the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. A loss and Oly drops into the losers bracket for an elimination game at 2 p.m.
So proud of this group, now let’s take care of business at state! pic.twitter.com/g8xzdHbJZt
— OHS Softball (@TrojanFastpitch) May 20, 2018
In another quirk of fate, North Kitsap and Olympic wound up in the bottom half of the bracket and could potentially face one another in the semifinals if the two teams make it that far.
North Kitsap, the No. 2 seed from the WCD, plays East Valley at noon. A Vikings win puts them into the 4 p.m. quarterfinals while a loss and they go into the losers bracket.
The Bainbridge Spartans will head back to what’s become familiar territory at the Regional Athletic Complex for the Class 3A state tournament later this week.
The Spartans (17-6) qualified third from the SeaKing District softball tournament over the weekend and will take on Edmonds-Woodway (15-8) at 9 a.m. Friday in Lacey. Bainbridge will play at 4 p.m. if it wins or at 2 p.m. in a loser-out game.
Unlike Bainbridge, the Klahowya Eagles will experience the Class 1A state tournament as newbies. The Eagles qualified for their first state tournament since the 2004 season.
Klahowya (12-7) will face Castle Rock (13-3) at noon Friday at Columbia Playfield in Richland. A win and the Eagles will face either Connell or Lynden Christian at 4 p.m. A loss will send Klahowya into the losers bracket and a 2 p.m. game.
Also, Klahowya senior pitcher Amber Bumbalough along with Coupeville pitcher Katrina McGranahan were named co-MVPs for the Olympic League 1A.
Making the all-league team for Klahowya included third baseman Maile Lueck, Hannah Bastian at designated player (DH) and Alyssa Edwards in the outfield.
— Klahowya Secondary (@KlahowyaEagles) May 19, 2018