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A8 -:- The Arlington Times Cougar Shannon Cook ducks away from a wild pitch. IIRI,t~ KINGSBERRY Marys*~' Oobe Cougs softball falls Granite b_y Brian Kin gs~be_rrY .............................. The Arlington Times SEDRO WOOLLEY - Lakewood's girls softball team dashed the hopes of four other teams vying for the North Cascade's Confer- ence second ~playoff seed with their 3- l victory against Granite Falls on Wednes- day, May 9 at Lakewood High School. Prior to that, on Tuesday, May 8, the Turks tanked as the Cougs swept two games in a double head- er against Sultan held at Lakewood High School. Lakewood's bats struck fast and furious with to an early 22-0 lead in the first game before Sultan an- swered back with eight runs in the fourth inning. Kelcie Barker, Danielle Westley and Heather Loucks led Lakewood in the contest. Barker was 2-for-4 with four stolen bases. West- Icy was 2-for-4 with four runs and Loucks was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs. Kelsey Moore pitched in the vic- tory, her sixth win this season. In the second game Shannon Cook stepped up to the mound for her first pitching start this season. Barker, J~e Hassing, Michele Mattson and Carly Hansen led Lakewood in the victory. Barker had three stolen bases and three runs. Hassing was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI. Mattson smacked a double and had three RBI and Hansen was 2-for-4 with triple and three runs. Against Granite Falls pitching proved to be the deciding factor as Moore struck out nine batters in the contest. Mattson led Lakewood at bat with a 3-for-4 performance and three RBI. "Those were exciting games for us," Barker said. "We played great defense and did what it took to win. All we ask is for a chance and now we have a chance." With the wins, Lakewood avoid- ed being the conference's fifth seed. Barker said clinching the con- "Those were exciting games for us. We played great defense and did wbat it took." STEVE BARKER Lakeunx~d ~ad coach ference's econd seed was a huge advantage for Lakewood. Mount Baker, the conference's Fifth seed, will now travel to Orting for a loser out game against one of last year's state qualify- ing teams. Barker said the Cougs will take Tuesday off and the coaches will go scouting. "We'll have all week to fine tune and practice things wouldn't have gotten to had we lost," Barker said. Lakewood faces the winner of Tuesday's Granite Falls and Cla- hoya contest May 19 in double elimination play at Sedro Woolley High School. V CARDIAC Continued from page A7 But that dream might not have come true if the Loggers had not taken care of business in the bot- tom of the seventh earlier in the week against Coupeville. Once again, Darrington faced two outs. But this time, the score was tied 4-4. When Ronnie McCoy dribbled a ground ball to short, the game seemed headed for extra innings. But taking a page from Mariner wizard lchiro Suzuki, McCoy tur- boed his way to first, arriving in a virtual tie that surprised the short- stop, who had taken his time to make sure on the throw. McCoy made Coupeville pay. For the second time in a row, McCoy stole second standing up. The first time, in the fifth inning, McCoy had advanced to third after the catcher blew the throw. That aggressive base-running had set up the run that tied it 4-4 when Jordan Padgett connected on a check-swing sacrifice ground ball. In the seventh, Coupeville man- aged to keep McCoy from extend- ing his steal to third. But ultimate- ly, Coupeville could not keep McCoy from crossing home plate. Padgett sent him there with a legitimate cut this time. In a pre- quel to Boyd's triple on Saturday, Padgett went with an outside pitch and:poked it to right field, just enough to stay in play. McCoy scored easily. "It was a good hit by Jordan, right when we needed it," Harcrow said. "He has a tendency to do that." Darrington had opened a 2-0 lead in the second inning with three consecutive doubles by Cabe, Boyd and D.J. Cochran. The Loggers padded the lead to 3-0 when aggressive base running by Farley forced a throwing error. Farley pitched shutout ball until the fifth inning, when two sharp grounders handcuffed his infield. Holding a 3-1 lead with the bases loaded, Farley fired three '7 bad a new wrinkle pop up and a gray bair. " DAVID HARCROW Dam'ngton baseball coacb straight balls. "Not too fine here," Harcrow said. "We gotta let em put it in play." Oops. Coupeville cracked a triple down the third-base line to score three runs and take a 4-3 lead. Farley was far from done, though. His fastball seemed to pick up hop in the sixth inning as he struck out the side. The second out came after conceding a 3-0 count. In the seventh inning, Farley induced a grounder to short and then simply overpowered the final two batters with two more strike- outs to set up the offense. Darrington plays Northwest A League champion Friday Harbor at Anacortes Saturday in a loser-out, winner-to-state battle. V WESCO Continued from page A7 Fletcher and teammate Sam Rauch later qualified for state with a 160 and 159 two-round scores at districts Friday and Monday. The Eagles made impressive late-season surges, especially Brian Moore, whose 77 earned him an all-Wesco sixth place season finish. Moore had been ranked 10th with two league matches remain- ing, then moved up to eighth and finally sixth by consistently turn- hag in good rounds. Rauch also finished the regular season with a 77 to finish 12th in the league. Those scores, plus Ryan Lacey's 83 and Randy Ballard's 86, allowed Arlington and Monroe to nudge Jackson out of first place in the final standings. "We were coming on at the end of the season, a very strong fin- ish," Arlington head coach Tony Unruh said. For the match, Monroe just edged Arlington 400 to 401. Monroe claimed the league championship. Jackson settled for second and Arlington earned third place. Lacey finished 16th overall and Ballard was 26th. James McBarron finished 33rd out of at least 50 league competi- tors. V SIMPSON Continued from page A7 front nine, sive helped the final nine holes for a total score of 85. six," Having shot in the low 70s and a bad front1 medalled a few times this season, has to do. the performance was disappoint- of hag. The But Simpson had to wait three that next will be hours to see if his perseverance paid off. As one of the NCC's top players, May 21 second Simpson played in the first group, then watched as he slowly slid Blaine. down the leaderboard. Walster When the f'mal group turned in be as low its scores, Simpson's 85 was good one, so enough to tie three ways for the en his 12th, 13th and 14th spots, too. Lakewood head coach Chris "At one Walster said Simpson is usually over at pretty steady, and his even bleofdoing' demeanor helped him rebound. At "He's pretty even-tempered," third Both Walster said. "When he came around 11 over, you really couldn't Walster tell if he was three under on the fine. V SWEEP Continued from page A7 before the meet]," Clapp said. "The fact that he jumped to a personal record after such an up and down week shows what a competitor he is." Girls distance runners Breann Pickett and Emily VandenEkart placed well in all three events. Pickett finished second and also third in the 3,200 and the 1,600, the javelLn, with VandenEkart right behind with two fourths. Each of VandenEkart's times (11:55.17 and 5:29.40) were per- sonai bests. VandenEkart also finished sec- ond in the 800. "She had a good meet," Clapp said. For the girls, Cori Brafley placed gamely fourth in the 100 hurdles, running a p.r. of 17.36. An injured ankle held Bratley back early in the sea- son, but she rebounded well at the the 110 end. "A nice surprise of the meet just came with our boys' 4 by 100 sive give# relay," Clapp said. -we placed fourth with the team of Colby Evans, Monte Maestas, Nick Camp and BrentOll cool seniors who for the really clit with Also took fifth and ish in the "This was partic- ularly sweet [for Brenton Bodewig]. " KELLY Arlington t 11'1e May 16 I I I I I I I I l evastating Bell Technolgy! THE ARLINGTON TIMES -- YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER 435-5757 Punch 100.2 ~d with 200 lean power. Punch RfP-3AI2 fanatic FRC-220S 9317 State Ave. Suite A Mawsville www.mobllemusic.com Car Audio ~mea~rit~ - Cellular Pho~ ARE BACK!=:=" I, oeauon MARYSVILLE 360-653-3525 LAKE STEVENS 425-335-3488 ACTION SPORTS ALL CREATURES VETERINARY SERVICE ARLINGTON FAMILY MEDICINE ARLINGTON HARDWARE ARLINGTON TIMES ARUNGTON PHARMACY ARLINGTON/SMOKEY POINT TOWING ARLINGTON TRANSMISSION ATTIC SECRETS TEA ROOM & GIFTS B/ULEY, DUSKIN & PEIFFLE BIGFOOT MUSIC BROOSTERS CASCADE REGK)NAL EYE & SURGERY CTR. 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