Warriors’ softball moves forward

The King’s West softball team won the one they needed to get into the Class B State tournament, but lost the game that could have given them an easier draw.

They beat Quilcine last Thursday in the first round of the Class B Tri-District tournament, 6-5, with a bloop single from senior Betsy Parker.

That gave them the state berth they didn’t get last year.

On Saturday, playing for the top seeding out of the Tri-District, five errors cost the Warriors dearly, as they were beaten in the eighth inning 8-7 by Shoreline Christian at Summit High School in Seattle.

“We knew it would be close,” KW coach Rick Nohmi said. “Our biggest thing is we had errors. We’ve got to be able to make those plays when the game is one the line. They knew how to play the game. I think it’s just nerves.”

In comparison to the 2002 team, which made it to state and went 1-2, Nohmi said this one has both its strengths and weaknesses.

“I think we are healthier than two years ago, but we don’t have as big a squad.”

The Warriors take on Garfield-Palouse at 9 a.m. Friday in a quite different game than the after-school game times the girls have been faced throughout the season.

Nohmi already has arranged a practice time.

To win the state tournament, the Warriors need to knock off Garfield-Palouse, beat the winner of the Kittitas/Davenport game and two opponents after that.

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