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The end of season banquet is set of 6pm on Monday Oct. 19th in the commons. Pizza Ranch Chicken and drinks will be provided by the team. The girls will be informed what they are supposed to bring for the banquet. Please bring all uniforms and coverups washed and clean to the banquet and you will get your uniform deposit check back.
Thanks to the girls for another great season of Warriors softball.
Monday, October 6
The Washington Warriors closed out the 2014 season going 4-2 and battling to a runner up finish at the South Dakota State Class A Softball Tournament Saturday at Sherman Park, falling 7-1 to Roosevelt in the title game and coming up one spot short of their fourth straight title. After dropping to the losers bracket Friday afternoon, the Warriors used three wins Saturday morning to propel them back to the title match-up.
The Warriors started the tournament Friday morning with a decisive 8-0 five inning win over Lincoln. Senior Maycee Trujillo's first inning 2 run blast over the right field fence would be all the offense the Warriors would need.
Washington fell 2-1 to Roosevelt Friday afternoon. The Warriors left bases loaded three times, but finally broke the 0-0 tie in the seventh when senior Madison Owan's single scored senior Anna Nichols who singled to lead off the inning. Roosevelt scored twice in the final frame to take the win. The loss left the Warriors needing five wins to claim their fourth straight title.
On Saturday morning, the Warriors started their day long climb with a 10-4 win over O'Gorman. Senior Amirah Michaeli was 4 for 4 at the plate with a home run, a double and two singles.
The Warriors faced Mitchell next and used a nine run 3rd inning to blow the game open. The Warriors sent thirteen batters to the plate in the inning and hit four home runs including two from Trujillo and one each from Michaeli and Nichols.
Washington then eliminated number one seed Watertown with a 6-0 win. Already leading 1-0, senior Tannah Goens home run ignited a five run third inning. The win put the Warriors back in the title game, a place they had been the previous three years.
The Orange and Black would have to beat Roosevelt twice to win their fourth straight title. Game one was scoreless until Roosevelt plated two runs in the third. For Washington, senior Aimee Sebesta's sixth inning home run was the only run the Warriors could manage in the 7-1 loss to Roosevelt, a team they went 3-3 against over the season.
Trujillo led the Warriors offensively hitting .700 over the six games with 3 home runs, while Nichols hit .611 with a home run and Michaeli hit .529 with 2 home runs. Nichols pitched all 39 innings of the six games and struck out 24 batters.
Washington finishes the season with a record of 25-11. Special thanks to our eleven seniors who have helped the Warriors to an incredible four year run with three state titles and a runner up finish.They include Amirah Michaeli, Aimee Sebesta, Madisen Owan, Tannah Goens, Maycee Trujillo, Katie Thompson, Regan Sheldon, Anna Nichols, Kasey Randall, Megan Feerick and Caitlyn Fix.
Tuesday, September 30
The Washington Warriors split a doubleheader with Mitchell Tuesday night in Mitchell, dropping game one 5-1 before rebounding and winning game two 14-5.
In game one, junior Anna Buxengard scored the Warriors only run after a two out double in the third and eventually crossed the plate on a past ball. Sophomore Ashley Brower struck out two in the loss for the Warriors. Mitchell scored four runs in the sixth to break open the 1-1 tie, including doubles from Morgan Weber and Jayci Hinker. Hallie Misizszek pitched the win.
In game two, with the Warriors already leading 6-5, the Warrior scored three in the fourth and five in the fifth. The game was highlighted by Amirah Michali's fence clearing two run homer that also scored freshman Haley Chistopherson. Michaeli, along with seniors Katie Thompson and Tannah Goesn were 3 for 4 while Buxengard and senior Regan Sheldon were each 2 for 3 with a double. Sophomore Abby Lint pitched the win while Brower picked up the save.
With a record of 19-9, the Warriors begin state tournament play Friday morning at Sherman Park.
Tuesday, September 16
The Washington Warrior varsity softball team split a double header with Yankton Tuesday night at Sertoma Park in Yankton, taking game one 5-2, before falling 6-3 in the nightcap.
In game one, seniors Amirah Michaeli and Tannah Goens, and sophomore Taylor Bonestroo all hit triples to help the Warriors offensively. The Warriors also made great plays on defense, including senior shortstop Regan Sheldon diving to stop a hard hit ground ball and then throwing the runner out at first from her knees. For Yankton, Heather Hauer had a solo inside the park home run. Senior Anna Nichols pitched the win, while Jacklyn Arens pitched the loss for Yankton.
In game two, the Warriors took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Sheldon doubled and junior Anna Buxengard reached on a walk. Freshman Megan Zimmer's double scored both runners. Yankton scored five runs in the fifth to take a 6-2 lead, including Andi Sprakel's bases loaded triple that scored three runs. Sophomore Abby Lint pitched the loss for the Warriors while Holly Mines got the win for Yankton.
Washington JV Orange moved to 17-0 on the season with 9-1 and 6-2 wins over Yankton's JV.
On Monday, Warriors JV Black played West Central twice, falling in game one 10-4 before winning game two 10-4.
Washington, now 16-6 on the season, was originally scheduled to play Monday night September 22nd at Sherman Park against Watertown, but those games have been moved to Tuesday, September 23rd due to Homecoming activities in Watertown.
Thursday, September 11
The Washington Warrior softball team picked up two more wins Thursday night at Sherman Park against Lincoln, winning game one 12-1 and game two 10-0.
In game one, already leading 5-1 in the sixth, the Warriors scored seven runs on seven base hits to put the game out of reach. Seniors Katie Thompson, Madisen Owan, Amirah Michaeli and Regan Sheldon were all 3 for 4 at the plate while senior Anna Nichols pitched the win. For Lincoln, Allie Schrieber scored the only Patriot run in the third on Katie Strande's single. Jill Ricke pitched the loss.
The Warriors scored four runs in the top of the first and five more in the third inning of game two. Senior Tannah Goens was 3 for 4, while Sheldon and senior Maycee Trujillo were both 2 for 3 including a double each. Sophomore Abby Lint pitched the shutout for the Warriors.
Washington, now 15-5 on the season, was scheduled to play Yankton Monday night in Yankton. Those games have been moved to Tuesday night in Yankton so that team members can participate in Monday's O.L.D. homecoming activities.
The Warrior JV Orange team beat Lincoln's JV 12-6 and 15-2, while JV Black beat Lennox 10-4 and 11-9. In game one against Lennox, freshman Oliva Gaska struck out five, while freshman Haley Christopherson notched a grand slam. Chirstopherson hit another grand slam in game two while freshman Ashley Sanchez picked up the win in the circle.
Monday, September 8
The Washington Warrior softball team moved their record to 13-5 on the season with back to back wins over Mitchell Monday night at Sherman Park. The Warriors won game one 4-2 and game two 11-3,
The Warriors got on the board in the third on back to back bunt singles by junior McKenzie Helwig and senior Tannah Goens that scored senior Katie Thompson and sophomore Taylor Bonestroo. Goens scored again in the 7th after singling and then being driven in on senior Amirah Michaeli's double. A Regan Sheldon double scored Michaeli to put the Warriors up 4-0. Senior Anna Nichols struck out ten in the win, Mitchell got on the board in the seventh when Abby Sudbeck scored on Megan Zephier single, then Jaycee Hinker scoted on a Warrior error, but those were the only runs the Kernels would score. Halie Miziacek pitched the loss for the Kernels.
The Warriors led game two 3-2 in the fourth when they exploded four six more runs keyed by senior Aimee Sebesta's bases loaded triple. Michaeli, along with seniors Macee Trujillo and Regan Sheldon were all three for four in the game. Trujillo and Sheldon each had diving catches on defense that robbed the Kernels of base hits. Sophomore Abby Lint pitched the win for the Warriors. Mitchell added a run late on a Miziacek single followed by a triple from Sudbeck. Andrea Konz pitched the loss.
The Warriors also swept JV action, with the JV Orange team moving their record to 15-0 on the season with 14-0 and 6-4 wins over Mitchell's JV.
JV Black took two from Lincoln's JV, winning game one 10-2 and game two 10-7. Freshman Haley Christopherson hit home runs in both games. Olivia Gaska pitched the game one victory, while freshmen Taylor Vander Maten and Ashley Sanchez combined for the game two win. JV Black trailed game two 7-3 at one point, but rallied for the win.
Washington plays Lincoln Thursday night at Sherman Park.
Thursday, September 4
The Washington Warrior Varsity swept number one ranked Roosevelt in a double header Thursday night at Sherman Park, winning game one 6-3 and game two 7-2 and pushed
In game one, the Warriors scored three in the top of the first, thanks a leadoff single from senior Katie Thompson, senior Maddie Owan's bunt and three more singles from seniors Amirah Michaeli, Regan Sheldon and Anna Nichols. The Warriors scored again in the third when senior Macyee Trujillo tripled and and then scored on a Nichols single. Nichols pitched the win. Roosevelt got on the board in the third when Taylor Hetland and Cameron Smith both scored. Alexis Koltz struck out five in the loss.
In game two, the Warriors scored five times in the fifth to break the game open and take a 7-1 lead, keyed by a Michaeli double and a Trujillo triple. Nichols, senior Tannah Goens and sophomore Taylor Bonestroo also added singles. Sophomore Abby Lint pitched the win for the Warriors. For Roosevelt, Tahia Mitzel scored in the third on Cameron Smith's single, while Smith scored in the final frame after a leadoff single. Lexi Konda pitched the loss.
JV Orange beat the Roosevelt JV 8-2 in game one and led game two 8-1 in the bottom of the third.
JV Black swept Lennox 15-5 and 9-8.
All three Warrior teams travel to Rapid City Friday to play double headers Friday night and Saturday morning against Stevens and Central, before returning home for a Monday night double header at Sherman Park against Mitchell.
Tuesday, September 2
The Washington Warrior varsity softball team picked up two wins Tuesday night in Brookings, beating the Bobcats 13-2 and 6-3. The wins push the Warriors record to 7-3 on the season.
The Warriors trailed game one 2-0 in the third inning when they exploded for 9 runs on 9 hits. Seniors Katie Thompson and Amirah Michaeli both recorded a double and a single in the third, while senior Madison Owan tripled. Michaeli and senior Anna Nichols were both 3 for 4 on the game. Nichols pitched thw win. For Brookings, leadoff batter Kara McDougal scored on a single by Alex DeGroot, while Degroot scored on back to back Warrior errors. Mariah Gummer pitched the loss.
In game two, the Warriors led 3-1 after one inning, when leadoff hitter Katie Thompson singled then scored on a Michaeli double, Michaeli scored on senior Maycee Trujillo's single and Trujillo scored on senior Amiee Sebesta's single. Leading 4-1 in the sixth, a Sebesta triple plated senior Regan Sheldon. Sebesta later scored from third on a fielders choice. Sophomore Abby Lint pitched the win for the Warriors. For Brookings, a DeGroot triple and single by Abby Weisbeck plated a run in the first inning. The Bobcats scored two more in the sixth on two Warrior errors and singles from Weisbeck and Delaney Laframboise. Laframboise pitched the loss for Brookings.
The Warriors play Roosevelt Thursday night at Sherman Park at 6:00pm and 7:30pm before traveling to Rapid City for double headers Friday and Saturday with Stevens and Central.
Thursday, August 28
The Washington Warrior softball team took both ends of a double header from O'Gorman Thursday night, winning game one 3-0 and game two 5-4.
In game one, the Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the third when Madison Owan doubled, and a single by senior Regan Sheldon scored Owan. Sheldon scored one batter later to put the Warriors up 2-0 on senior Amy Sebesta's single. The Warriors scored again in the fourth when sophomore Taylor Bonestroo reached on an error then scored on an Owan single. Senior Anna Nichols gave up four hits and struck out two to record the shutout. For the Knights, Liz Wehrkamp was two for three. Lilly Koob struck out two in the loss.
The Warriors battled back from a 4-0 deficit early in game two. In the third inning, the Warriors picked up two runs on a Bonestroo triple that scored Sheldon who reached on a single and junior Anna Buxengard who was aboard thanks to a dropped third strike. Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the last inning, Washington scored three when junior Mackenzie Helwig drew a leadoff walk, then got singles from freshman Megan Zimmer, Owan, senior Maycee Trujillo, Sheldon and Sebesta. Trujillo, Sheldon and Sebesta each recorded an RBI. For O'Gorman, Gabby Holbert hit a two run inside the park home run in the first. Holbert and Mac Hansen were both 2 for 3 from the plate.
The Warriors, 5-3 on the season, play a double header Tuesday night in Brookings.
In JV action, JV Orange won game one 14-2. No report on game two.
JV Black won game one 8-4 and dropped game two 8-2.
Monday, August 25
The Washington Warriors fell twice to the Watertown Arrows in Watertown Monday night, dropping game one 3-2 and game two 8-4.
The Warriors scored first in game one when senior Maycee Trujillo laid down a sac bunt to move senior Regan Sheldon to second. Sheldon scored on senior Anna Nichols's two out single. The Arrows took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Emily Miller's single that scored Kylie Fritz and Tatum Ronke.The Warriors tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on another Nichols single that scored Trujillo. The Arrows scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to get the win. Nichols pitched the loss for the Warriors. Renee Bragg picked up the win in the circle for the Arrows.
In game two, the Warriors grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 4th when Trujillo homered and senior Amirah Michaeli scored on an error. The Warriors scored two more in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. Senior Aimee Sebesta's double drove in Trujillo and Sheldon. The Arrows scored six in the bottom of the fifth including a Ellie Stevenson triple. Abby Lint pitched the loss for the Warriors. Fritz pitched the Arrows win.
The 3-3 Warriors play a double header Thursday night against O'Gorman at Sherman Park starting at 6pm.
Thursday, August 21
The Washington Warrior softball team swept the Lincoln Patriots 6-5 and 13-1 in a double header Thursday night at Sherman Park.
In game one with the Warriors trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, senior Tannah Goens got the Warriors started with a bunt single. Seniors Amirah Michaeli and Regan Sheldon both reached with Goens scoring to make it 5-4. With Michaeli and Sheldon both on, senior Macyee Trujillo's walk off double ended the game. For Lincoln, Allie Schrieber was 3 for 4 at the plate. Senior Anna Nichols pitched the win for the Warriors while Jill Ricke took the loss for Lincoln.
The Warriors scored six runs in the first inning of game two, that included singles from seniors Madison Owan, Goens, Trujillo, junior Anna Buxengard, freshman Megan Zimmer and a double from Sheldon. Zimmer was 3 for 4 at the plate. Sophomore Abby Lint pitched the win for the Warriors. For the Patriots, junior Kassie Kolbeck scored the only run for the Patriots after reaching a fielders choice.
The Washington Warrior JV Orange team handed the Patriots JV an 11-1 loss, while the Washington JV Black team beat the Patriots JV 11-4. For the JV Black, freshman Ashley Sanchez struck out 2 in 3 innings of work. Olivia Gaska pitched the final inning in relief and struck out all three batters she faced.
The Warriors play a double header in Watertown Monday night.
Monday, August 18
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
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.
Sunday, October 6
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.