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Enumclaw Hornets fastpitch takes second in state | Slideshow

The Enumclaw Hornets fastpitch team finished an incredible season Saturday taking second in the 3A state tournament at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacy.

The Hornets ended the season 28-1 overall and 15-0 in 3A South Puget Sound League. The girls were league and district champions. The only loss came in battle for the title against Kamiakin from Kennewick with the Hornets losing 4-2. It was the third consecutive state title for the Braves.

Sophomore hurler Quinn Breidenbach threw every inning in state and the postseason.

Senior catcher Becky Forza said she was “heartbroken” the team lost, but said, “I am so proud of how we ended and I am so sad to see the season end. Right from the start I knew we were going to be good, but I never dreamed we would be 28-1. That’s incredible. I am so thankful.”

In the game against Kamiakin, Becky Forza broke the scoring ice in the third inning with a double off Kamiakin pitcher Emily Moore.

“My nerves were going a mile a minute,” Forza said. “So I sang a song and stepped in. As soon as it came off the bat I knew it was good.”

Meagan Johnson was a courtesy runner for Forza and Joslin Pierotti hit her home for the first score.

Sarah Morrow scored the second run off a Madelyn Carlson sacrifice fly.

Enumclaw held the lead until the fifth inning when Kamiakin went up 3-2.

Forza said before the title game the seniors talked to the group.

“We said how thankful we were to make it this far,” Forza said. “We told them no matter what happens know you are loved.”

Forza said when she looked up toward the end of the game and saw it was the seventh inning, “I didn’t want it to end. I didn’t want the season to end.”

Coach Mike Jay said, "This was a  phenomenal season for these lady's! The best record in the state for fastpitch (28-1), back-to-back league, subdistricts and district 3 championships. Second in state and all the time keeping a "team first" attitude. They were taking care of each other all year with constant encouragement and support. Best of all they were nice enough to let the coach's come along for the ride with front row seats. It was truly a blessing to get to watch them play this year and for that we are thankful."

 

 

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