Before she could even be asked about the Timberwolves’ final game of the season, Cedar Park softball coach Cami Jenschke had the perfect way to sum up her squad.
“They have a lot of heart and they fought really hard all year and just never quit,” she said.
The Lady Timberwolves scored three runs in the final inning to take the lead against East View before ultimately losing 4-3 after a walk-off hit in the eighth inning in the second game of a best-of-three bi-district round series on Friday.
The Lady Patriots opened the series with a 5-4 win on Thursday night.
Freshman starter Madyn Singleton had a pair of strikeouts and senior Mackenna Raby struck out one on the mound. Avery Evans, Reagan Hillis and Katy Kahlich all drove in a run in the seventh inning.
East View pitcher Bethany Garrett was a factor in Cedar Park’s loss to the Lady Patriots on Thursday. And on Friday, she played about half the game, including the extra inning, but didn’t have as much of an impact on the Cedar Park offense.
“We struggled against her last night, not as much tonight,” Jenschke said. “We had fewer strikeouts tonight. She has a rise ball that we like to swing at and she’ll mix in a drop and curve. But overall, I think we were very evenly matched.”
Both defenses stood out until the fifth inning. Cedar Park left the bases loaded in the top half of the inning and East View scored the first run of the game when Taryn Westbrook drove in a run with a single down the third base line.
The Lady Timberwolves’ bats woke up in the seventh to take a two-run lead, but the Lady Patriots answered with a couple of hits — including a triple to deep center — to send the game to extras.
Jenschke said one thing that stood out about this team was the chemistry.
And the seniors on the team — Kaleigh Ham, Kathryn Marshall, Sierra Flores and Raby — will be remembered for their work and sacrifice.
“When I say we need a bucket of balls, the seniors go and get them,” Jenschke said. “I’ve never seen that and I’ve been coaching for more than 20 years. The seniors lead by example and nothing is below them and they’ve set that precedent.”
There were eight freshman and sophomores on the team that will return for Cedar Park’s second year in District 17-5A.
“The future looks great, and we’re excited,” Jenschke said.