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SOFTBALL: Beamer is state-bound for first time in school history | Slideshow
For the first time in the history of Todd Beamer High School, the softball team is headed to the state tournament. The Titans secured the berth Friday afternoon with a pair of victories at the West Central/Southwest District Tournament at the Sprinker Recreation Complex in Spanaway.
Beamer (21-7) completely shut down the Puyallup Vikings in its opener Friday morning, 6-0, thanks to the pitching of sophomore Madison Rogers. The Titans than battled back with an exciting win over the South Kitsap Wolves in the quarterfinals, 3-2, securing the trip to state.
Beamer eventually finished the 16-team tournament in third place after splitting a pair of games Monday. After getting rained out Saturday, the Titans were shut out by Camas in the semifinals, 8-0, before bouncing back to beat Skyview, 6-1, in the third/fourth game.
Beamer will open up the Class 4A State Softball Tournament at 10 a.m. on Friday against the Bothell Cougars. The tournament is being played at Spokane's Merkel Sports Complex.
Bothell (17-7) finished in fourth place in the five-team KingCo Conference Crest Division, but finished second at the league tournament. The Cougars lost to second-ranked Woodinville in the KingCo Tournament title game, 5-0.
The Titans' first-ever state appearance came in heart-stopping game against South Kitsap, the champions of the Narrows League. Beamer fell behind 1-0 Friday afternoon and trailed 2-1 before a Rogers RBI-single in the sixth inning tied the game at 2-2.
The Titans plated the winning run in the seventh inning when sophomore Maddy Colson scored on a ground ball to shortstop by Megan Jewett-Chan, who slid under the tag.
Beamer finished with six hits against the Wolves, including three from Makenzie Palmer. Halle Colson had a triple and Rogers allowed only three hits to South Kitsap.
Against Puyallup, who the Titans split with during the SPSL South regular season, Rogers allowed five hits and got home runs from Maddy Colson and Jewett-Chan, who also tripled.
On the second day of the district tournament, Beamer couldn't get anything going against Camas in the semifinal. The Titans finished with just three hits, including two by Kelsey McDonnell.
But Beamer bounced back with the 6-1 win over Skyview later in the day. Rogers got the win on the mound and was also 4 for 4 with a triple. Analee Scott also tripled.
Rogers has been dominant on the mound all season long for the Titans. The right-hander has all 21 of Beamer's wins this season and entered the district tournament with a 2.28 earned-run average. She also has 241 strikeouts in just 150 2/3 innings pitched and has walked 67. Opponents are hitting just .194 off of her.
Offensively, Beamer is led by junior Jewett-Chan. The shortstop is hitting .456 with 28 runs scored, nine doubles, four triples, two home runs and 26 RBIs.
Sophomore Analee Scott is hitting a robust .462 with 28 runs scored, 16 RBIs, eight doubles, two triples and a home run. Fellow sophomore Maddy Colson is hitting .423 with 10 RBIs, two doubles, two triples and 12 stolen bases.
Other top hitters for the Titans are senior catcher Halle Colson (.333, 19 RBIs, 3 HRs), Taylor Weimern-Pierce (.347, 15 RBIs), sophomore Kelsey McDonnell (.355, 19 runs, 13 RBIs) and freshman Jourdin Hering (.278, 29 runs, 15 RBIs).
Rogers is also one of the Titans' leading run producers from her cleanup spot in the batting order. The first-team, All-South Puget Sound League South Division pitcher leads the team with 22 RBIs, six doubles and two home runs. She entered districts hitting .296. Jewett-Chan and Scott were also first-team, All-SPSL selections.