Newport hands Redmond softball its first loss of the season

Mustangs move on to the district tournament.

Redmond High’s softball team stood facing each other in a postgame meeting for about 15 minutes after its game with Newport High on Saturday.

The Mustangs had just lost their first game of season by a shocking 20-4 count in the 4A KingCo Tournament semifinals at Inglemoor High. Redmond’s record now stands at 20-1 overall after an 18-0 run through KingCo play.

Newport loaded the bases myriad times and tallied runs on a mixture of hits and walks. Newport’s Alexsi Barashkoff homered twice — including a grand slam — and Brooklyn Richards added a long ball to propel the Knights to victory.

Redmond will next compete in the 4A Wes-King Tournament, which begins May 10 at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

“Just go back to work. We gotta go back to doing what we do and focusing on what we control and play for each other and not ourselves,” said head coach Alison Mitchell.

“Truly, they got too cocky,” she added about the reason for her team’s defeat.

Mitchell said it’s a wake-up call heading into the district tournament.

“Like I told the girls all season long, regular season doesn’t matter, regular season sets you up for postseason. Postseason is the season that matters. So like I told them just now, you’re starting our regular season with a loss. It’s where you choose to go from here that matters.”

Redmond pitcher Kiki Milloy handed the ball over to reliever Grace Haegele in the fourth with Newport leading 7-0.

On the hitting front, Milloy blasted two homers in the sixth and seventh innings and drove in all four Mustang runs. Haley Hanson and Camille Eaton scored on Milloy’s second homer after knocking consecutive singles.

Hanson echoed Mitchell’s comment about being too cocky and said they overlooked Newport.

“It’s hard to beat a team three times in a row. So we need to go back to the drawing board and just focus on our mechanics for everything and just work back up from there,” Hanson said. “We should be able to come back from this, we’ve done it before.”