Grizzlies focusing on future, not on past success | Softball

Glacier Peak sits atop league after key victories over Wolfpack and Vikings
By David Pan | Apr 19, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak’s Makayla Miller pitches to Kamiak during a Wesco 4A game Tuesday, April 16, at Glacier Peak High School.

The Glacier Peak softball team has its eyes firmly set on the future.

But it’s hard to ignore the team’s accomplishments in the first half of the regular season that have the Grizzlies in first place in the Wesco 4A.

Glacier Peak’s signature game of the season was a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over defending 4A state champion Jackson in late March. The Grizzlies trailed 1-0 before Phoebe Schultz drove in a run in the sixth to tie the score. Ashley Jacobson had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh.

“It was a motivator,” Glacier Peak coach Stefanie Celix said. “It was pushing these girls to realize what they can do and take away any self-doubt in themselves. It was the moment all of our hard work, all of our dedication to one another paid off.”

The Grizzlies later followed up with a 23-1 victory over state runner-up Monroe and a 6-3 win over Lake Stevens, two teams Glacier Peak (7-0 in the league, 11-2 overall) has struggled against in recent years. The Vikings (6-1, 10-2) are a game behind the Grizzlies and the always dangerous Timberwolves (5-2, 11-2) are two games back.

Glacier Peak wrapped up the first half of the regular season with a hard-fought 7-5 victory over Kamiak Tuesday, April 16, at Glacier Peak High School. Sophomore Makayla Miller battled through the mud and the rain that fell for most of the game. After the Knights rallied for four runs in the fifth, Miller shut them down in the final two innings to preserve the victory.

“She pushed hard,” Celix said. “It was a really hard game to pitch. She did a good job.”

Haley Winckler hit a two-RBI double to give the Grizzlies a 2-0 in the first inning. She also drew a walk and eventually scored in the third inning, and she hit an RBI single in the fourth.

“The key for our win today was sticking to our plan, being disciplined in the box and just continuing to remember that we’re playing for each other,” Celix said. “We’re here to support one another.”

Glacier Peak takes on Jackson at 4 p.m., Friday, April 19, at Jackson High School. The final regular season game is against Lake Stevens on May 7.

Celix said being in first place is good place to be.

“It pushes us to be better every day,” she said. “We can’t relax. We can’t step away from our plan. … We’re feeling good about it. But we need to remember that every day is a new day. Every game is a new game. We can’t go on what we’ve already done. We have to look forward.”

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