(By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent)
Cle Elum 23-0 on the season but Cougars no stranger to downing giants…
Chewelah’s Lady Cougars will open this year’s state class-1A softball tournament against the top-seeded team in the bracket when they face the Cle Elum Warriors on Friday morning in Richland.
Cle Elum enters the state tournament undefeated with a 23-0 record, 10-0 in league play. However, the Warriors have had some close calls. They slipped past Connell 3-2 in their district tournament, edged Cashmere 13-11, and beat Okanogan by two runs 10-8. The Warriors have depended on heavy hitting to outscore opponents.
Chewelah has the weapons to upset the Warriors. The Cougars have relied on solid pitching and a tight defense all season. Northeast A League MVP Jaelynn Skok will throw for the Cougars. She has a 2.371 earned run average with 71 strikeouts and a batting average of .596. The starting lineup will include Maddie Koler (.455), Zandy Nelson (.391), Krislyn Koler (.375), Tylee Frizzell (.358), Jamie Eide (.347), and Kennedy Robison (.341). More