T-Birds hope RPI can save season

By Milo Kabigting - Staff Reporter

The Highline Fastpitch team's hopes for a playoff spot, dimmed somewhat last week as the T-Birds went 2-4 against league opponents.

The league playoffs are May 18-21 in Spokane, and only the top three teams in each division, plus the next seven in RPI rankings are invited. Highline now sits in fifth place in its division. To land a playoff berth, Highline must rely on RPI rankings.

Most recently, on May 2, the Lady T-Birds traveled to Bellevue, where they split the two games, winning the first 10-8, the losing 19-1 in the nightcap.

In the first game, Highline's Ellie Quintanar led the Thunderbirds with three hits, while four other players tallied two RBI's each.

But in the second game, the Bulldogs had their game. Bellevue's Megan Marino filled up the stat sheet, recording three runs and four RBI's, while Tatum Dow trailed behind her with four RBI's as well.

On May 3, the Thunderbirds stayed on the road, travelling to the top-ranked Edmonds College, where the Lady T-Birds lost both games, 2-19 and 4-25.

Highline's Jenny Hovland recorded one run in the first game, and distributed two RBI's.

"They are the best team in the conference. With teams like that you just hope for the best. Short memory and get right back at it the following day," said Head Coach Jason Evans.

On May 5, Skagit Valley traveled to Highline to take on the Thunderbirds, where both teams got a victory against one another.

Highline won the first game 11-12, before Skagit Valley got even, winning the second game, 13-4.

Highline's victory came from a team effort, where nine players contributed runs. while Highline's catcher, Hailey Clark, recorded four RBI's.

The second game was a different story, Highline managed to keep it close the first three innings, but Skagit Valley's Alyssa Cox exploded, tallying three runs and four RBI's for the Fighting Cardinals.

On May 8, Pierce traveled to Highline, where the Thunderbirds beat the Raiders, getting both wins of 5-6 and 6-7.

Coach Evans said the team needed those two wins as Highline will only secure a playoff spot through RPI rankings.

"[We] had many chances to blow both games wide open, [we] just couldn't get that timely hit," Evans said.

The Thunderbirds play Pierce again today, then finish the season at home against Douglas on May 12.

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If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

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Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year school but need help with their personal statement essay can attend a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will take place in the MESA Center in Building 25 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Students who want their portfolios reviewed by a representative from surrounding colleges will have that opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will take place in the Mt. Constance room from 1:30-4 p.m. Students must register by Jan. 25. You can register in Building 6 in the Transfer Center, or online at bit.ly/tprd-wtr18.

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