Glacier Peak ready to challenge top teams in upcoming playoffs | Softball

By David Pan | May 05, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak pitcher Makayla Miller is a standout in her freshman season.

Glacier Peak is demonstrating that it can compete with the top teams in the league.

The Grizzlies stood toe to toe with co-league leader Jackson in a Wesco 4A softball game and ended up falling 5-2 on Wednesday, April 25. The score was tied at 2 heading into the seventh when the Timberwolves pushed across three runs to pull out the victory.

In the two team’s first meeting of the season in late March, Jackson won 10-0.

The rematch boosted the Grizzlies’ confidence.

“It was amazing,” Glacier Peak coach Stefanie Celix said of her team’s effort. “My girls played so incredibly well.”

Freshman Makayla Miller allowed six hits in a complete-game performance. What Celix appreciates about Miller is her willingness to listen to the coaches.

“Makayla is really good at listening to input and taking that and putting it into play,” Celix said.

The Grizzlies have supported their freshman pitcher well, especially in the last two weeks. Glacier Peak posted 17-1 and 17-6 victories over Mount Vernon on April 20 and April 23 and then defeated Mariner 20-0 on Friday, April 27. The Grizzlies also beat Cascade 11-1 on Tuesday, May 1. Miller allowed only three hits and struck out 11 against the Bruins. Senior Abby Winckler was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

Glacier Peak’s focus has been on defense, communication and hitting. All three areas are improving.

“I’m really happy with the way the season is going,” Celix said. “My girls are right where they need to be. They also realize there’s more to accomplish. They are very goal driven.”

The defense is especially strong.

“A big part is communication and always knowing where we’re going with the ball,” Celix said.

The offense is led by junior Kendall Curtis, junior Harlee Carpenter and senior Isabella MacMillan.

“The top of the lineup gets on and everyone else picks it up,” Celix said. “Our motto is we’re better than yesterday. We’re always trying to improve.

“These girls are coming together well.”

The Grizzlies face another tough test against co-league leader Lake Stevens at 4 p.m., Friday, May 4 at Glacier Peak High School. The Vikings handed Jackson its first loss of the season this week.

The Vikings prevailed 3-1 over the Grizzlies in a mid-April matchup. Glacier Peak then wraps up the regular season with games against Monroe (4 p.m., Monday, May 7 at Monroe High School) and Kamiak (4 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, at Glacier Peak High School).

Heading into Friday’s contest, the Grizzlies (7-4 in the league, 11-6 overall) are in third place behind Jackson (10-1, 16-1) and Lake Stevens (10-1, 14-1) and tied with Monroe (7-4, 13-4) and ahead of Kamiak (6-6 8-8).

Six teams advanced to the district tournament, set for May 15-18 at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett, but only the top two finishers move on to the state tournament.

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