ENUMCLAW FASTPITCH: Hornets sneak into tourney

The Enumclaw High fastpitch squad has been just squeaking by in this 2010 campaign.

First, the Hornets earned the sixth and last seed available out of the South Puget Sound League 3A with a mediocre 8-8 league mark.

It was enough to qualify them to play in the 3A subdistrict fastpitch fiesta at the Boise Creek Sixplex.

The Hornets beat Hazen 10-3, lost to Peninsula 4-1 and Saturday, down 2-0 in the top of the seventh frame, engineered a five-run rally in the top of the seventh and hung on to win 5-2 over Lindbergh. That sparked the Hornets’ push to clinch the No. 8 seed coming out of the nine-berth Seamount/SPSL tournament.

Heading into the West Central District III 3A fastpitch show, being staged at the Sprinker Recreation Center Friday and Saturday, Enumclaw is 11-11 overall.The EHS girls will square off against the Western Cascade Conference’s No. 1 seed, Timberline team, at noon Friday. The Blazers are known to have an all-league shortstop and an extremely adept pitcher.

Enumclaw also has a battle-bested pitcher in senior windmiller, Austin Rogers, who sparked the seventh inning uprising for Enumclaw against Lindbergh.

Rogers belted a bases-loaded double, which ended up accounting for the game-winning run as the two-bagger brought three Enumclaw girls across the plate, furnishing EHS with a 3-2 advantage.

The Hornets plated two more runs during the late-scoring spree and the fiery Rogers slammed the door on the Eagles in the bottom of that drama-packed final stanza.

“The great thing about us reaching the tourney is that all those crappy games we lost during the regular season, mean virtually nothing now. It’s a brand new season for us,” Eckhart said.

“We are just going to leave our forgettable 11-11 overall record in the rear-view mirror and give it our best shot. It’s all about putting together a good run at the right time.”