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Washington softball: Tigers rally past Ferris in ninth for regional berth

Lewis and Clark couldn’t seal the deal with its first two chances.

Sage Scheiwiller took care of the third opportunity.

Scheiwiller’s two-out, two-run single to center field capped a three-run ninth inning Friday as the Tigers (13-8) claimed the No. 2 seed to regionals with a 4-3 win over Ferris (11-11) to cap the District 8 4A tournament at Whitworth University’s Marks Field.

Scheiwiller, also the winning pitcher, surrendered a two-run homer to her counterpart, Michele Strauss, as Ferris took a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth. The game had reached that point because the Tigers failed to score in the sixth and eighth after loading the bases with one out.

“I believed in our girls,” said Scheiwiller, who struck out 10 and walked one. “We’ve been there and it was so close each time we were up to bat, so I knew we needed that last chance just to get to them.”

“They made a mistake and good teams take advantage of mistakes,” LC coach Paul Neff said. “ ‘Straussy’ took advantage of a mistake by Sage and we came back and took advantage of their mistake.”

The Tigers advanced to regionals for the first time since 2010. They’ll open at 3 p.m. May 24 at University High against the Mid-Columbia Conference’s No. 1.

Strauss struck out nine, walked one and had three RBIs. She’s the lone senior on a team that caught fire after starting the Greater Spokane League season 2-7.

“The energy kept me going,” Scheiwiller said. “I knew I had to keep going until either I made a mistake or Michele Strauss made a mistake, and she doesn’t make very many.”

District 8 3A

University 4, North Central 3: Also at Whitworth, Kirsten Anstrom’s one-out, bases-loaded single to center in the bottom of the seventh snapped a 3-all tie as the Titans (16-5) edged the Indians (6-15) to earn a regional home game.

Loser-out regionals are set for 4 p.m. Tuesday. The second-seeded Titans will host Mid-Columbia No. 3 Kennewick while No. 3 NC travels to MCC No. 2 Hanford.

NC led 3-1 after Kaylee Levien’s bases-clearing double to left field in the sixth. U-Hi left fielder Emilie Farrell hit the fence on the play and left the game, but Titans coach Jon Schuh thought she would be fine.

U-Hi trimmed the lead to 3-2 in its sixth when leadoff batter Rachael Johnson bunted for a hit, moved to third on a two-base throwing error and scored on a wild pitch. Anstrom tripled but was stranded at third.

“I was impressed that after (NC) scored three runs that we came back and scored one right away,” Schuh said. “That was a big deal, but then when we have a girl on third and our 3, 4 and 5 hitters can’t bring her in, that just tells me that we’re not mentally where we need to be.”

Pitcher Alex Douglas led off U-Hi’s seventh with a triple to right. Two walks loaded the bases before Johnson’s one-out infield single scored courtesy runner Hailey Howard to tie the game. Anstrom slapped the winner against a drawn-in infield.

“I thought we played better defense today and I thought Alex had better velocity and control,” Schuh said. “It’s just one of those confidence-builders.”

District 9 2B

Gar-Pal/T-O 4, Tri-Cities Prep 3: Chandler Pfaff scattered seven hits and McKenzie McClanahan had two RBIs as the Vikings (12-6) edged the Jaguars at Walla Walla to earn the No. 3 seed to the May 24 7/9 regional at Richland.