The “complete game” Thursday night send the West Valley Wolfpack into today’s winner’s bracket final of the Railbelt Conference Softball Championships at the South Davis Complex.
Third-seeded West Valley surged to a 14-4 win over the second-seeded Colony Knights, of Palmer, in a semifinal South Davis No. 4.
Each team had first-round byes in the five-team, two-day and double-elimination tournament.
“This is the most complete game we’ve played all season,” West Valley head coach Bryan Mitchell said before he headed to the outfield for a postgame talk with the Wolfpack.
“We hit early on, we scored three runs right off the bat. Makayla (Mobley, pitcher) was on fire.”
West Valley’s defense, Mitchell said, made a few mistakes.
He also said, “There’s never a perfect game but we definitely outplayed our mistakes and we made plays when we had to. And we kept putting up runs.
“This is the most complete game we’ve played all season and the focus was there.”
West Valley sealed the win with a five-run burst in the top of the seventh inning. Traci McGee contributed a two-run double, Jadyn Fraser provided an RBI triple and the Wolfpack got run-scoring singles from Kendra Michaelis and Madison Fisher.
Rachel Dodge had a two-run double for Colony in the bottom of the fifth.
West Valley plays in the winner’s bracket final on Field No. 4 at 10 a.m. today against the winner of Thursday night’s semifinal between the fifth-seeded Palmer Moose and the top-seeded Wasilla Warriors.
Palmer defeated the fourth-seeded Lathrop Malemutes 18-10 Thursday. The teams were tied 5-5 in the third inning and 9-9 in the fifth inning.
Lathrop and Colony met in an elimination game later Thursday.
Besides the winner’s bracket final, today’s schedule is comprised of an elimination game at 10 a.m. on Field No. 2.
The elimination-game winner advances to the elimination-bracket final at 12:30 p.m. on Field 2 against the loser from the winner’s bracket final.
The championship game is set for 3 p.m., on Field No. 4. Both teams in the final advance to Division I tournament of the Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank Alaska Softball State Championships on May 31 and June 1 at the Cartee Complex in Anchorage.
If the team from elimination-bracket final wins in the Railbelt championship game today, an if-necessary game will be played at 5:30 p.m. today to determine the conference tournament champion and the Railbelt’s top seed for the Division I state tournament.
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