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Monday, August 18th-GAMEDAY! The five time and defending state champion Washington Warriors, winner of the last three South Dakota state class A softball titles begin the 2014 season tonight! Warrior softball fans, make sure to post your pictures, highlights, shout outs and scores to our Facebook and Twitter pages during and after the games.

Monday, August 18
Warriors Open 2014 Season Against Yankton With Split

The defending state champion Washington Warrior fastpitch team opened the 2014 season by splitting a double header with Yankton Monday night at Sherman Park.. The Warriors took game one 6-0 before falling 7-5 in the nightcap.

In game one, the Warriors used a three run fourth inning to break the game open. Senior Amirah Michaeli started the inning with a triple, while seniors Regan Sheldon, Maycee Trujillo and Madison Owan all followed with singles. Michaeli was 3 for 4 at the plate while Owan was 2 for 4. Senior Anna Nichols struck out five for the Warriors to get the win. For the Gazelles, Jacklyn Arens pitched the loss. 

In game two, the Gazelles broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth by plating two runs on hard hit ball from Bailey Peterka that forces back to back Warrior errors in the field. Bailey Kortan's single in the 7th scored two more runs. The Warriors rallied late when Owan drew a walk and Nichols singled. Both runs scored on a Michaeli single, but that was as close as the Warriors got. Sophomore Abby Lint struck out three in the loss, while Madison Dangler pitched the win for Yankton.

Washington JV Orange swept the Yankton JV 12-2 and 13-1, while the JV Black fell 9-3 and 17-7 to Watertown.

The Warriors face Lincoln Thursday night at Sherman Park. 

Tuesday, August 12
2014 Warrior Schedule Added to Website

The 2014 Washington Warrior softball schedule has now been added to the website. Go to the calendar tab on the left side of the home page and click to see schedule of games. Coaches will relay more specific information such as travel schedule and warm up times to players in practice. 

For out of town games, player will be let out of school early as needed. Coach Powell will contact the school with a list of players. For game in Watertown and Yankton, we typically need to leave Sioux Falls by 3:30pm. Player MUST travel with a porent. They can NOT drive themselves, regardless of their age.

When we play in Rapid City September 5th and 6th, players will be excused from school on Friday to travel and play. We'll play two games(one against each Rapid City high school) Friday night, then do the same thing Saturday morning. Games in Rapid City are typically done around noon Saturday. If your family is planning to spend time in the Black Hills following the games, please notify your coach so we know who is staying and who needs a ride back.

If you have other schedule questions, please see your coach at practice. We'll also have more details as dates approach.

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Sunday, October 6
Warriors win Third Straight Title On Walk Off Grand Slam

Down to their final strike and trailing 3-2 in the eighth inning, the Warrior's Amirah Michaeli's grand slam lifted Washington to their third straight state title and fifth over all.  Warrior players were waiting at home plate and swarmed Michaeli after she circled the bases while a large Warrior crowd erupted. To watch the video, click this link:


Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, senior Emily Winckler's lead off single got things going for Washington. Junior Reagan Sheldon followed with a sac bunt that moved Winckler to scoring postion, and senior Mic Mayer tied the game the next at bat with a single that scored Winckler. Junior Madisen Owan then put down another sac bunt that moved Mayer to second. Michaeli then singled to score sophomore Anna Buxengard pinch running for Mayer and the Warrior led 2-1. 

Roosevelt tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth, and the scored stayed that way through the regulation seven innings

Extra innings are played under the international rule, meaning each team starts their half of the inning with a runner on second. Roosevelt was able to score their runner to take a 3-2 lead.

For the Warriors, junior Macy Trujillo started the eighth on second. Winckler singled to short right but Trujillo could not advance. Sheldon laid down a sac bunt to move the Warrior runners to second and third with one out. Roosevelt opted to walk Mayer to load the bases.  Owan reached base on a fielders choice when Roosevelt threw Trujillo out at home on a force, and that brought Micheali to the plate with bases still loaded and two outs.  

Michaeli fouled off a number of pitched to bring the count to 0-2. It was there that the she got the pitch she was looking for and drove it well past the left field fence to deliver the Warriors the 2013 state title. 

Warrior junior Anna Nichols pitched all eight innings for the Warriors.

The Warriors started state tourney play with an 8-6 win over Brookings after trailing 3-0 in the first inning. Washington tied it at 3-3 in the bottom of the first with singles by Winckler, Sheldon and Mayer. Senior Alyssa Aschlager was 2 for 3 while Winckler, Mayer, Michaeli and Caitlyn Lint we all 2 for 4. 

In the second round, Washington knocked off previously top ranked Rapid City Central 3-0. Junior Maycee Trujillo's lead off single in the first led to the only run the Warriors would need. In the fifth, Anna Buxengard's lead off single followed by doubles from Winckler and Sheldon put the Warriors up 3-0. Nichols pitched the shutout.

The Warriors met top seeded Rapid City Stevens in the semi finals and came out on top 12-6 to move Washington to the championship game. Junior Madisen Owan's three run homer in the fourth broke a 2-2 tie and put the Warriors ahead 5-2. Owan was 2 for 4 at the plate. Leading 8-4 going into the sixth, the Warriors scored four more runs to seal the win and allow them to wait until Saturday for Roosevelt, who advanced out of the losers bracket of the double elimination. 

Including their 4-0 run at the state tournament, the  Washington Warrior varsity finishes the 2013 season 27-7 and will celebrate their title with a post season banquet at 6pm October 15th in the Washington Commons. All Warrior softball players and parents are invited. See details at www.eteamz.com/warriorssoftball. 

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