Varsity Extra

State softball roundup: Valley teams win four titles

5A: EAGLE 8, COEUR D’ALENE 6

Trying to claim their first state championship since 2008 and finish the season with just one loss, the Mustangs got the biggest play at the biggest time. Sophomore Hailey Fisher belted a grand slam in the fifth inning for a 7-6 lead, a hit that turned out to be the game- and championship-winning swing for the Mustangs (30-1). The Vikings jumped on Eagle starter Bradie Fillmore for five first-inning runs, but she was hampered by three Mustang errors. Fillmore allowed only three hits after the first and helped herself with two hits. Autumn Moffat had three hits in the win for Eagle.

4A: BISHOP KELLY 2, KUNA 1

They had to fight off a Kuna team with a ton of momentum, but the Knights earned their second state title in three years in a winner-take-all game. After a tournament-opening loss to Canyon Ridge on Friday, Kuna staved off elimination with four straight wins by a combined 35-1 to get into the double-elimination tournament’s championship, where they beat Bishop Kelly 10-2, forcing the second matchup. Ellie Hanousek had three hits for the Knights (22-9), while Emily Twohig and Emily Baca combined to yield one run, none after the top of the first inning.

3A: HOMEDALE 14, EMMETT 2

The District Three rivals met for the third time in one day, with the championship game the rubber match. Emmett won 7-2 on Saturday morning before Homedale came back for a 7-4 win early in the afternoon, continuing the hot hitting to win the title. The Trojans (31-2) blew it open with 10 runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Gardenia Machuca had two home runs and five RBIs for Homedale, while Dakota Kelly struck out six in the circle plus had a double and home run at the plate.

2A: NEW PLYMOUTH 7, WENDELL 5

New Plymouth defeated Wendell for the second time in the same day, winning the earlier matchup 13-12. Wendell beat Malad 7-5 to get into the championship game. It was the first state championship for New Plymouth (18-13) since 2010.

1A: GENESEE 9, HORSESHOE BEND 4

The Bulldogs, after losing in last year’s championship game, won their second title in three years. Seven of Genesee’s batters had a hit. Ciara Drake was 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Mustangs in the loss.

CONSOLATION

• Meridian took third in the 5A tournament, ending with a 6-0 loss to Coeur d’Alene on Saturday.



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