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Fastpitch: Wolves still have unfinished business as postseason awaits

SK pitcher Emilly Cunningham hopes to lead the Wolves back to the state playoffs after an eight-year absence. - Jeff Rhodes/Staff Photo
SK pitcher Emilly Cunningham hopes to lead the Wolves back to the state playoffs after an eight-year absence.
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The Wolves face a different scenario when it comes to their fastpitch team.

They must make up their league game against Olympia, but there is time as the Narrows playoffs do not begin until May 12.

South (9-3, 8-1) is tied with Stadium for first place in 4A Narrows. But the Tigers won the first meeting between the schools and the Wolves must win the rematch Monday to avoid losing the tiebreaker. Coach Kathy Ballew said the game against the Bears will be rescheduled for Tuesday and the team will follow with its home finale Wednesday against Shelton.

The regular season ends Friday at Bellarmine Prep (7-3, 6-2).

The Narrows fastpitch bracket also is different than baseball as all eight teams advance to the league tournament for a single-elimination game. Four winners then advance for seeding games into districts.

“The league tournament is pretty important to get seeding into state,” Ballew said.

She said she likes her team, but after an eight-year state-playoff drought, Ballew said they have plenty to prove. Senior Emilly Cunningham, a standout pitcher and hitter who has signed with Bellevue College, agreed.

“I think that’s going to make us want it even more this year,” she said. “I feel like we can go really far.”

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