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Sedro-Woolley Fastpitch Wins State

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SWHS Fastpitch team gathers into an excited huddle after winning the state championship game against Tumwater.

Sedro-Woolley High School’s girls varsity Softball ended this season on the highest note possible, with the girls not only making it through Districts and going to State, but coming through and winning the whole thing. 

“We had everything to gain and nothing to lose,” said Rylan Kononen, The Cubs 3rd baseman and one of the seniors. With the results of Districts, Woolley went into state as the 2A number 1 seed. 

Playing Kingston, the number 16 seed, The Cubs started out rocky but soon got into a groove and won the game 9-3.  

With the start of Northwest Districts for 1A/2A/3A, Woolley went in as the number one team in the 2A standings. With a win-loss record of 19-1, Woolley started off Districts on a high after previously beating the Jackson Timberwolves, the number one team in the 4A standings. Starting 2A Districts at Sedro-Woolley’s home fields on the 15th, Woolley played both Anacortes and Lakewood. Beating Anacortes 17-4 and Lakewood 14-1, Woolley came out on a great start. 

Multiple of the girls came out and hit .800+ and as a team, racking up 27 hits, 25 RBI’s, and 31 total runs scored. While the Pitchers combined, only allowing 8 total hits, 2 runs scored, and striking out 13 girls. 

Woolley then went into day 2 against Lynden, after previously beating them last year 2-1, with hopes of a repeat of last year. Wolley ends up coming out strong with a score of 9-2. The Cubs were on fire offensively, wracking up multiple RBI’s and the highlight of the night being a 3- run homerun.  The defense was also on top of their game with only allowing 4 runs, 2 runs, and striking out 9. This making them District Champions two years in a row. 

Moving to the quarterfinals, Woolley faced Othello, the #9 seed. It was a game of back and forth until the 7th inning, tied at 5-5, when a 2-run homerun was hit to win the game. That sent Woolley right into the Semifinals the next day, where they played Port Angeles, the #4 seed. The start of the game was slow until the 6th inning where the cubs were trailing 1-2 and then a 3-run homerun was hit to win the game 4-2 for The Cubs, sending them to the State Finals. 

“We trained our bodies and our minds so hard for the short amount of time we had,” said Grace Swenson, “Which is what got us to the Championship game.” Grace is one of Woolleys pitchers and one of the seniors. 

With everyone ready to take on State, Woolley went into the final game against the #6 seed, Tumwater. Being the State game, everyone was rightfully nervous, but Woolley pulled through. While Woolley was leading the majority of the game, Tumwater still fought. With the last out being a ground out back to Woolleys pitcher, the game had been won. 

We set a goal at the beginning of the season as a team to go to state and win it and with that mentality we worked extremely hard all season to get to state,” said Cruz Trevithick, Woolleys 1st baseman and a senior. “Once we got there we really had nothing left to prove all we had to do was show off what we were made of and we did just that.”

Now Woolley gets to bring back the state championship and trophy back to the people that have been supporting them from the start. 

“State itself showed all the hard work we as cubs worked for. All the blood sweat and tears we poured ourselves into to get to that very spot. And that we had earned our spots at state.” said Gwen Schnider, another senior leaving the program, “It was euphoric and to be honest it still doesn’t feel real.” 

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