The Braves from Kennewick rallied for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 12-7 victory over Prairie in the championship game.
LACEY — Jessica Edminster never envisioned this.
A second straight Class 3A state softball championship for Kamiakin of Kennewick, sure. She believed.
But the chances she would be the winning pitcher after getting a save in the semifinals?
“You’re crazy,” the outfielder-turned-reliever would have said.
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Crazy, but true, as the Braves rallied for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 12-7 victory over Prairie of Brush Prairie in the title game at the Regional Athletic Complex.
Edminster, a four-year starter and the only senior regular in the lineup, hadn’t pitched since middle school, but saw a need at midseason with a young staff and offered to step in. She picked up her first victory in a loser-out regional qualifier and got a huge final out in the semifinal win over Meadowdale Saturday morning.
Edminster got the call again in the fourth inning of the title game and had a 5-2 advantage before the scrappy Falcons rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth, which had her on the hook for a loss.
But the Braves (20-7) put together nine hits — including an RBI single by Edminster that gave them the lead — to pull away again. She called the victory “literally indescribable.”
Kamiakin finished with 17 hits, including four apiece by Emily Benson and Melanie Ord.
Prairie (22-8) is young, too, with just two seniors and had to ride freshman pitcher Irene McGuire after losing junior Maddie Williams early in the season.
“I’m incredibly proud of them,” coach Dawn Rowe said. “They just got better and better and better.”
Kamiakin 2, Meadowdale 1
The Mavericks from Lynnwood were on the brink of another comeback, loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before Edminster came to Kamiakin’s rescue — one inning after making a diving catch in center. Meadowdale had won nine straight.
Prairie 10, University 9
Nicole O’Haver drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to complete the improbable comeback. The Falcons trailed 6-0 early and 8-2 in the fifth.
Meadowdale 7, University 2
The Mavericks (24-3) bounced back from the tough semifinal loss to get their first trophy since 1997 and match their best finish. They eliminated Juanita, 4-2, to clinch a trophy and prevent the Rebels (22-8) from a fourth straight top-four showing.
“We really pushed ourselves to the limit and really came together as a team,” said senior Alyssa Reuble, who pitched every inning of the tournament for the Mavs.
The Titans (21-7) took home a trophy for only the second time. They won the 4A title in 2003 and advanced Saturday with an 8-0 win over Bainbridge — the team they beat 11-10 in Friday’s opening round. Bainbridge had eliminated Mountlake Terrace earlier in the day, 14-7, as Katie Raben ripped a grand slam and drove in seven more runs. The Spartans (26-6) ran out of gas after scoring 50 runs in their first four tournament games.