Plateau athletes put finishing touches on Season 2

Enumclaw HS placed first in the SPSL 2A baseball tournament.

With Hornets and Trojans battling for position in front of the net, White River goalkeeper Nick Panin prepares to make a save during Thursday night’s contest on the White River High campus. In an exciting contest that went into a shootout, the visitors from Fife High escaped with a win to take the postseason title. Photo by Kevin Hanson

With Hornets and Trojans battling for position in front of the net, White River goalkeeper Nick Panin prepares to make a save during Thursday night’s contest on the White River High campus. In an exciting contest that went into a shootout, the visitors from Fife High escaped with a win to take the postseason title. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Season 2 came to a close last week for athletes throughout the South Puget Sound League 2A. Weather played a role during the latter part of the week but, by Saturday evening, the book was closed on sports typically played during the spring.

Now, everyone turns their attention to sports generally staged in the winter. Season 3 turnouts began May 3 and the first basketball games were played Saturday.

Here’s an end-of-Season 2 recap.

ENUMCLAW WINS BASEBALL TOURNEY

After finishing second during the regular season, Enumclaw High triumphed twice on Saturday to win a four-team, two-game postseason tournament.

Playing on their home diamond, the Hornets started with a 6-3 victory over neighboring and No. 3 White River. In the other semifinal contest, No. 4 Steilacoom beat regular-season champion Fife. Then, for all the marbles, Enumclaw whipped the Sentinels 6-1.

Against White River, Enumclaw did its damage early, scoring four times in the first inning and adding its other two in the second frame. White River managed lone runs in the first, second and seventh innings.

For EHS, Noah Seabrands had two hits and scored twice; Cole Kaschmitter also scored a pair of runs. On the mound, Drake Anderson went five and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs, to get the win.

In the tourney title game, Enumclaw struck early once again, pushing three runs across the plate in the first inning. The other three came in the fifth, more than enough to secure the victory, thanks to a strong pitching performance by Ethan Thomas. He went the distance, scattering six hits while allowing just the one run.

Thomas aided his cause by collecting three hits and knocking in three runs. Dylan Watts had two hits, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs.

LEAGUE MEET: TRACK AND FIELD

Enumclaw High senior Johanna Brown was the top performer from the Plateau during last week’s season-ending all-league track and field meet.

The two-day event, bringing together top athletes from throughout the South Puget Sound League 2A, began with the “track” portion May 6 at Franklin Pierce High School. Day 2 was hosted by Enumclaw High and consisted of the jumping and throwing events.

Brown was a triple winner, taking first place in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races. Also winning for the EHS girls was the 4×400 relay crew consisting of Melanie Martinez, Ellie DeGroot, Rubie DiBella and Addie Neu. Placing second for Enumclaw were Neu in the 800 meters, Anna Bogh at 3,200 meters, and DeGroot in both hurdle races.

For the Enumclaw boys, Tyler Feddema had a second-place finish in the 400 meters.

White River’s boys claimed an individual championship when Cole Riley topped the field in the 800-meter run. Taking second for the WR boys was Devin Zweifel in the javelin, plus the 4×400 relay team of Tyce Donovan, Jared Zaugg, Riley and Drew Sprouse.

The White River girls had an event winner in Emma Tomlinson in the high jump. Placing second were the 4×200 relay (Tori Schmidtke, Taylor Schmidtke, Lexie Banks and J’Kira Wolbrecht) and the 4×400 relay (Banks, the Schmidtke sisters and Lucy Starkel).

EHS FASTPITCH WINS, PLACES THIRD

A lopsided victory brought a close to the fastpitch season for the Enumclaw High girls.

Wrapping up a quick, two-game postseason tourney, the Hornets crushed Fife 23-10 on May 6. That came on the heels of a disappointing opening day, 14-0 loss to No. 1 Eatonville.

In their first season of South Puget Sound League 2A play, the EHS squad placed third.

Playing at Fife High, the Hornets wasted little time showing they were up to the postseason challenge, plating five runs in the first inning. Fife didn’t go quietly, however, taking a brief lead with six runs on their own in the bottom of the third. The middle innings made all the difference, with Enumclaw pushing across three runs in the fourth and six in the fifth to take a commanding 14-6 lead.

The margin was extended to 19-6 before the Trojans managed their final four runs and – putting an exclamation point on the season finals – the Hornets added four runs in the top of the seventh.

Enumclaw’s 24-hit attack was highlighted by five home runs. Sharing in the homer heroics were Izzy Linge, Taylor Schneider, Rosie Penke, Taylor Ober and Brookelyn Jewett. Jewett ended the day with three hits, scored three times and had five RBIs; Penke also drove in five runs on three hits; Ober had four hits and scored five runs; Lingle scored three runs and drove in three; and Schneider scored a run and drove in two.

Also contributing big was Madison Higginbotham, who had three hits, scored three times and knocked in four runs.

Pitcher Emilie Crimmins picked up the win.

ENUMCLAW PAIR PLACE THIRD

The Enumclaw High doubles team of Macy Furtwangler and Keana Beals won three of fourth matches to place third in a two-day league tournament.

Playing in Lakewood, the EHS duo opened with a victory over White River’s Morgan Page and Alle Klemkow and followed that with a triumph over the Louis/Merrill tandem from Eatonville. The streak ended with a semifinal loss to the No. 1 pair from Fife but the tourney ended with success as Furtwangler and Beals defeated Fife’s No. 2 entry in the battle for third and fourth place.

During the regular season, Furtwangler played in the No. 1 singles slot for the Hornets and Beals competed at No. 2 singles.

Also advancing past the first round for Enumclaw High was Amelia Poulin. She defeated Raine McPhail of Franklin Pierce but then ran into Eatonville’s Erin Mitchell who defeated Poulin and went on to win the tournament title.

“For a crazy season, and coming back after losing six seniors in 2020, we did well finishing in second place,” coach Rick Carel commented.

WHITE RIVER BOYS SOCCER

A first-place season ended on a down note for the White River High boys’ soccer team, which fell 2-1 in a one-game league tournament.

The Hornets compiled a 7-2 record and finished atop the standings during the South Puget Sound League 2A regular season.

The shortened campaign brought a quick league tournament and No. 1 White River hosted No. 2 Fife the evening of May 6.

The Hornets hit the scoreboard first, courtesy of a goal by freshman forward Elijah Wagner at the 28-minute mark. The Trojans answered with a first-half goal of their own and the teams played a scoreless second half, along with a pair of five-minute, golden goal sessions. That forced a shootout, with Fife holding a 4-2 advantage to win the game.

Along with their final record of 7-3, the White River boys were plus-21 in goals for the seasons. The Hornets scored 34 times while allowing 13 goals. Leading the way with seven goals each were Wagner and Cristian Senestrari.

Coach TJ Suek gave much of the credit for this year’s success – and the turnaround over the past four seasons – to seniors Senestrari, Riley West, Kristian Latozke, Logan Tjossem, Kyle Martin and Bryce Servis. “Their first year in the program we went 2-14 and this year we finished second due to their commitment,” Suek said.

ENUMCLAW BOYS SOCCER

The final game of the season saw the Hornet boys playing for third or fourth place in the South Puget Sound League 2A and it was a contest that didn’t go well for the EHS crew.

Hosting the May 6 game at the Enumclaw Expo Center, the Hornets fell 3-0 to Franklin Pierce High. The Cardinals scored all three goals in the opening half, the first at 12 minutes, the second at 29 minutes and the third moments before the whistle.

Enumclaw had defeated the Cards just two days earlier, winning 1-0 in the regular-season finale, and hosted Thursday’s game due to a higher placing in the league standings.

The Hornets finished the abbreviated season with an overall record of 5-3-2.


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