Enumclaw’s fastpitch squad defeated Decatur 8-2 in a nonleague meeting March 15 to get the season off to a robust start, then split in its initial pair of South Puget Sound League 3A contests.
Enumclaw traveled to Bonney Lake Thursday, losing to a relentless Panther bunch 5-3, then hosted Sumner High Friday night and shut out the Spartans 1-0.
In its league opener against Bonney Lake, Enumclaw discovered that even though it no longer had to contend with Bonney Lake’s exceptional pitcher Caitlin Colvin, the Panthers had simply reloaded with sophomore Courtney Franz.
With the game tied going into the bottom of the third, Samantha Ebner hammered a three-run rocket over the left field fence to give the Panthers a 4-1 advantage.
Enumclaw scored two runs in the top of the fifth, but Ebner smashed a triple in the bottom of the sixth to register another run and crystalize the score at 5-3.
Friday, the Hornets had trouble notching any hits against another sophomore windmiller in Sumner’s Taylor McCarthy, but Enumclaw mound ace Austin Rogers helped her own cause in the middle of the low-scoring affair.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Rogers, who had half of the Hornets’ four total hits in the contest, laced a seeing-eye single through the heart of the Sumner infield, which scored speedy Hornet second baseman Kayla Kranz for the game’s solitary run.
That slim lead held up as Sumner couldn’t generate any offense against Rogers, who struck out seven more batters, bringing her total to 21 for her first week’s mound endeavors.