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Redmond High fastpitch ties for fifth at 4A state tournament | SLIDESHOW
Redmond High's fastpitch team went 3-2 at last weekend's 4A state tournament at the Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane.
After dropping their first game in the morning to Tahoma High, 15-5, on May 30, the Mustangs rallied to win two straight loser-out contests the same day: 7-2 over Lake Stevens and 10-9 over Todd Beamer.
On May 31, Redmond continued its winning ways with a 3-2 decision over Snohomish, but lost 4-3 to Bethel in nine innings to exit the tournament.
The Mustangs tied for fifth with Woodinville and finished 21-5 overall.
Against Tahoma, Tatyana Forbes had two hits, two stolen bases and scored two runs (she finished the tournament 10-for-18 with a team-leading .556 average and eight runs scored).
Against Lake Stevens, pitcher Emily Rockhill went the distance and was supported by error-free defense. Offensive highlights included Daiana Kaplan going 3-for-3 with three stolen bases; Forbes, Lauren Mars and Sawyer Forseth with two hits apiece; and triples from Mars and Kaija Gibson (who, along with Forbes, had at least one hit in all five games).
In their third game of the day, Redmond scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Todd Beamer. Rachel Robinson's sacrifice fly closed the gap to 9-7, Forbes drove in another run with her single and Gibson delivered the game-tying and game-winning RBIs with a bases-loaded double. Rockhill went the distance in the pitcher's circle again for her third game of the day.
In Redmond's win over Snohomish, Gibson drove in two runs with a double to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning, and Rockhill followed with another double to drive in Gibson. Rockhill secured her third pitching win in four games and Elaine Wang had a solid game at the plate with two hits.
In the loss to Bethel, Rockhill pitched her fifth consecutive game in two days; Wang led the way offensively with a double, a triple and run scored in the sixth inning; Kaplan singled in the seventh inning and scored on Forbes' triple; Mars tied the game, 3-3, with a single that scored Forbes in the seventh. Redmond lost in the bottom of the ninth.
John Gibson contributed to this report.