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Fast-pitch, in fourth, aims for playoffs
By EZRA LACINA
Last week the Pirates fast-pitch softball team played two games, one league and one non-league. The league game against Eatonville was a crucial game for the Pirates’ playoff hopes. Vashon rose to the occasion, beating the Cruisers 12-3. The non-league game was played more like a scrimmage for Vashon, as the result didn’t matter, and Vashon won 30-29.
In their first meeting of the year, Eatonville beat Vashon 8-4. That game came very early in the year, and the Pirates have improved drastically since then.
The Pirates’ bats got going right away as they scored two runs in the first inning. Sophomore Lilly Hennessey hit a triple in the first inning. Senior Pitcher Gabby Frazier held the Cruisers scoreless through three, finally giving up one run in the fourth.
Eatonville would only score two more runs in the game as Frazier went the distance, giving up six hits and striking out 11. Vashon sealed the deal by exploding for a six-run inning in the seventh. Freshman catcher Hannah McArthur hit a two-run out-of-the-park home run in the inning. In the end Vashon blew Eatonville away with their bats and are still on track for playoffs.
In the non-league game versus Cleveland, Vashon rested most of its starters as the game doesn’t count against its record. Both teams struggled with pitching, walking lots of batters. Vashon did win 30-29, but the game meant little to the Pirates. Their last game of the season was on Tuesday after press deadline against Cascade Christian. At the time Vashon was tied for fourth in the league, and to hold their number-four seed and make it to playoffs they needed to win the game.