In a duel of strong pitchers, Jackson earns 2-0 victory over Snohomish and a spot in next week’s Class 4A tournament.
MONROE – The zeros kept piling up. First inning, no hits. Second inning, no hits. Third inning, no hits. And so it went, as Snohomish freshman Bailey Greenlee and Jackson junior Sophia Frost went toe-to-toe through four hitless innings in the 4A District 1 softball title game.
Both pitchers eventually allowed a hit in the fifth, but that was all Frost would give up. Jackson scored twice in the seventh, Frost pitched a complete-game one-hitter and the Timberwolves advanced to the state tournament with a 2-0 win over Snohomish at Sky River Park.
“It’s amazing; these kids work all year for this,” Jackson coach Kyle Peacocke said. “You set goals at the beginning of the season, and this was our goal from the very beginning.”
The Panthers (16-4) face Lake Stevens – 4-3 winners over Monroe in a loser-out game Thursday – on Friday at 4 p.m. at Sky River Park to determine the second, and final, District 1 berth to state.
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It was the dominance of Frost in the circle that enabled Jackson (19-5) to capture the district championship. The junior struck out eight, allowed just the one hit and didn’t walk anybody.
“Having my defense behind me … that’s what gives me confidence,” Frost said. “It’s not the fans, it’s the defense behind me. They work so hard day in, day out and I know they’re going to have my back every single time.”
It was just the latest standout performance from Frost, who has had an outstanding district tournament.
“She’s a workhouse, she’s our team leader, inspirational leader,” Peacocke said.
Greenlee matched the scoreless innings with Frost through five. The freshman allowed the first hit of the game on a one-out single in the fifth. Another single and an error in center field put two in scoring position, but Greenlee got a strikeout and pop-up to end the threat.
Alyssa Simons took over and pitched a scoreless sixth for Snohomish, but found herself in a jam in the seventh with two on and one out. It appeared Simons would work out of trouble after a failed squeeze play resulted in the second out at home, but junior Kaylei Werner delivered a two-out, two-run single.
“For Kaylei to step up like that with two outs, just clutch,” Peacocke said.
The win also gives Jackson a bit of revenge. Snohomish was victorious in a pair of one-run games during the regular season.
“We said all year that it doesn’t matter what happens in the regular season, it’s when you beat the teams that matter,” Peacocke said. “Just to get that win today was awesome.”