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South Skagit snuffs out Blue Fire state bid | 11/12 Softball
The South Skagit 11/12 softball team got revenge against Central/South Whidbey and then some while winning the District 11 playoffs at Oak Harbor's Volunteer Park last week and earning a spot in the state tournament.
The Central/South Whidbey Blue Fire opened the tournament with a 6-4 win over South Skagit, but South Skagit came through the losers' bracket to defeat the Blue Fire big twice, 18-5 Thursday and 12-2 Friday.
In the district title game Friday, Katrina McGranahan led off the game with a double and later scored for the Blue Fire's only lead. South Skagit came back in the bottom of the first with three runs and then put the game away with a seven-run third.
The Blue Fire's only other run came in the fourth when Emily License led off with a walk and worked her way around the bases to score.
Ellie Peters added a double for Central/South.
South Skagit combined five hits with seven walks and five Central/South Whidbey errors to earn the four-inning win.
Blue Fire coach Bobbie Weitzel said the final score "sounds worse than it was."
She added, "They had really good bats and good running, too. We made good plays, catcher Mikayla (Elfrank) thew out runner at third, shortstop Megan (Drake) threw out a runner at first…All-in-all we made Skagit work for the win."
Others members of the Blue Fire are Bellarae Northrup, Sarah Wright, Taylor Wimberly and Maddy Kooch. Weitzel was assisted by Kevin McGranahan and Rick License.