The Emerald Ridge High School Jaguars were just six outs away from the promised land of Spokane.
And then came the rain.
A heavy downpour halted the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Softball Tournament – and the Jaguars’ hopes of securing a bid to next weekend’s state tournament – on Friday, pushing all remaining games at Sprinker Recreation Center to Saturday morning.
Weather permitting, the Jaguars and Falcons will finish their game at 9 a.m., along with any other unfinished games that started at 4 p.m. Friday. Games that were to be played at 6 p.m. will be made up at 11 a.m. All games scheduled for today will be delayed by two hours, with the championship rounds set to begin at 7 p.m.
Most frustratingly for Emerald Ridge was that it was leading Kentlake 11-0 when the game was halted midway through the fourth inning.
“It’s unsatisfying,” said senior pitcher Meagan Hendrix, who looked poised for a shutout. “I just wished we could have finished the game.
“The whole team was really pumped up because we knew if we won two games today, we’d be going to state.”
Emerald Ridge came out swinging, scoring a trio of runs in the first inning on Kentlake pitcher Alleigha Robinson. They capitalized on several errors by the Falcons to build a 6-0 lead before Hendrix hit a grand slam in the third.
Emerald Ridge, the South Puget Sound League champion, has never placed at state.
Todd Beamer earned its first state berth with a 3-2 quarterfinal win over South Kitsap.
The Titans broke a tie in the seventh inning when junior shortstop Megan Jewett-Chen hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Alissa Buss, whose throw to home appeared to beat Maddy Colson. But catcher Drew Camacho dropped the ball.