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Wolverines open post season May 15 at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley | Softball

Shortstop Hannah Starr beats the throw to steal third in the Wolverines’ regular-season finale against Adna. The Pirates, the defending 2B state champ, claimed a 10-2 victory May 8 at the Friday Harbor Elementary School softball field. Girls open post-season May 15 in Sedro-Woolley. - Scott Rasmussen
Shortstop Hannah Starr beats the throw to steal third in the Wolverines’ regular-season finale against Adna. The Pirates, the defending 2B state champ, claimed a 10-2 victory May 8 at the Friday Harbor Elementary School softball field. Girls open post-season May 15 in Sedro-Woolley.
— image credit: Scott Rasmussen

It's not the outcome the Wolverines had hoped for.

But the timing and the competition couldn't have been better as the Friday Harbor softball team gears up for post-season play on the heels of a decisive 10-2 defeat by Adna in their regular-season finale May 8 at home.

"There's not a better team we could have played to prepare us for the playoffs," catcher Khaili Radden said of the Pirates, undefeated at 17-0. "It's been kind of a roller-coaster season for us so far, but we have a really good team. I know we have it in us and we're confident we can get it together and do well in the playoffs."

The Wolverines (12-8 overall, 8-4 league) will open the post season May 15 at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley; the District 1 playoff gets under way at noon. They will open against either Lynden Christian or Nooksack Valley.

Senior Kerri Goff agrees that getting schooled by a team like Adna could pay dividends in the post season. Still, she had hoped for something other than a decisive defeat and giving up more than a dozen base hits in her final performance before the home crowd.

"It's kind of hard going out that way," Goff said. "But I think having good competition like that is going to help us. If you take away the first two innings, it was pretty much a tie score after that."

Adna, the defending 2B state champs, wasted little time in putting the home team on its heels. The Pirates, who hung a 10-0, five-inning shutout on Orcas earlier in the day, lit up the Wolverines and the scoreboard with nine runs in their first two at-bats, highlighted by back-to-back homers in the second frame. They led 9-2 after three innings and second-string pitcher McKensie Lee scattered a half-dozen hits over six innings before giving way with Adna up 10-2 in the seventh.

Though staggered by the opening barrage, the Wolverines didn't buckle. In fact, they played the Pirates to a standstill in the last five innings.

Junior Elle Guard led off the first inning with a hard-hit single and tallied a run on a ground-out by Maggie Andersen. Lindsey Banry drove in Friday Harbor's second run with a grounder that sent Liz Taylor, who led off the second inning with a single into left.

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