So, what’s your thing in the spring?
Football news seems to dominate in the fall, while basketball hordes the headlines during the winter. What’s the thrill in the spring?
I know there are plenty of baseball junkies out there. Probably even some prep fantasy leagues. But track and field certainly has its following and we’ve had some sensational performances over the years. Who do you expect to sizzle this season?
Of course, there’s more soccer (boys) and tennis and golf. But you know where I’ll be Memorial Day weekend, which doubles as state championship weekend for most spring sports? In Tacoma for the Class 4A fastpitch softball tournament, unless my traditional assignment unexpectedly changes.
I enjoy fastpitch and if you’ve never seen a game between two quality teams, you’re missing out. That showdown between Jordan Birch of Monroe and Cory Mattson of Everett sounded like a classic — 25 combined strikeouts! Monroe won, 2-0, on a pair of unearned runs.
So, let’s hear what gets your heart pumping this spring, and why.
1. Jordan Birch, Monroe softball. OK, so we’ll be seeing a lot of her here this spring, but performance against Everett is noteworthy: 7 innings, 12 Ks, 2 hits, 2 BB. Plus she singled and scored a run.
2. Darwin Jones, Mount Rainier soccer. Drilled five goals, including three in a row over an eight-minute span, as the Rams improved to 3-0 in Seamount League play and dropped Lindbergh to 1-2. He has eight goals and four assists in four games.
3. Bobby LaCount, Shorewood baseball. Got it done on the mound (complete-game, 8 K’s, 2BB) and at the plate (2-3 with a 3-run HR and 3B) to earn a 6-2 win over Mariner.
4. Will Pierce, Newport baseball. His grand slam in the fifth inning was the difference in a 5-1 victory over Interlake.
5. Kylie Sparks, Juanita softball. Went 4-4 with a triple and two doubles as the Rebels edged Inglemoor, 6-5.
6. Oliva Jacobs, Shorewood softball. Pitched all 10 innings in a 4-2 win over Mariner, scattering four hits and allowing one earned run while striking out eight. Also was 2-for-5 at the plate with a dboule.