Women's fastpitch on 7-game win streak
By Colin Phan - Staff Reporter
Highline is rolling over the opposition during a seven-game win streak, going 8-2 over their last 10 games, claiming a tie with Bellevue for third place in the NWAC North Region.
The Lady T-Birds hold a 17-11 record in the North Region, and a 20-18 record overall. The top three teams of each division in the NWAC advance to the postseason.
In head to head play, Bellevue and Highline have split each of their doubleheaders, requiring a tie breaker if both teams win out to finish the season.
If Bellevue loses one game out of the four remaining, and Highline wins out, Highline will have a firm grasp on a playoff spot.
Bellevue has two games left against No. 5 Pierce (13-14 in division, 13-18 overall) after playing against No. 8 Skagit (5-21 in division, 6-23 overall) on May 9.
The NWAC softball playoffs will be held on May 19-22 at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane.
In its most recent games, Highline swept doubleheaders against Shoreline and Pierce.
Highline won its first game against Pierce, 8-4 last Saturday.
Through the first three innings of the game, the T-Birds maintained a 2-0 lead. In the fourth, Pierce roared back by scoring three runs and held Highline to one, to tie it up.
Even though Pierce tied things up, the game was never in doubt for second baseman Taylor Poe.
"They hit well," said Poe. "But they seemed dead. They didn't want it as much as we did."
Highline responded by allowing only one more run for the rest of the game, while scoring five of their own. Outfielder Savana Gusman led the T-Birds at the plate crushing 3 runs, with an RBI and 3 hits in 4 plate appearances.
Pitcher Rosie Delrosario manned the mound, surrendering 4 runs, and 11 hits, while striking out two batters. The T-Birds as a whole committed four errors on the game.
Despite the errors, Delrosario thinks the T-Birds played a good game defensively.
"Our defense wasn't bad at all," Delrosario said. "They just got timely hits in when they had runners on and that's a part of the game. We got those runs back when we were on offense."
Highline decimated Pierce in the second game 14-1. Play was stopped in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
Highline got off to a hot start, racking up eight runs through the first three innings. During that stretch, the T-Birds held Pierce to one run. In the top of the fifth, the T-Birds exploded, scoring six runs and holding Pierce scoreless to finish the game.
Pitcher Stefani Gollin was key for Highline behind the plate and on the mound.
Gollin had 2 hits, 2 runs, and 4 RBIs for the T-Birds. On the mound, Gollin scattered 7 hits, while striking out three batters.
Left fielder Chenoa White, and right fielder Jenny Hovland were also big for the T-Birds on offense, each scoring 2 runs.
Highline catcher Precious Tabangcura said that the T-Birds can continue to carry their offensive momentum into the postseason.
"I think we realized how important these games meant to everyone, and we all needed to unleash the beast," Tabangcura said. "As long as everyone keeps stepping up and getting the job done, I definitely think we can take this all the way to the playoffs."
In a doubleheader against Shoreline on May 3, Highline won both games, 4-2 and 10-2. Highline was led by Tabangcura behind the plate who hit 4 RBIs, and Delrosario on the mound striking three batters out.
The results of the T-Birds doubleheader against No. 1 ranked Douglas (26-0 in division, 33-2 overall) on May 10 were unavailable at presstime.
The Lady T-Birds close out their season at home, playing No. 6 Everett (10-17 in division, 12-24 overall) on Saturday, May 13 at noon.