By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor
The Lynnwood softball team sure looks ready to start league play next week.
In their last non-league game, the Royals pounded Shorecrest 16-2 in a 5-inning game Friday at Lynnwood High School.
Lynnwood (3-1 overall) pounded out 18 hits in a game shortened due to the 10-run mercy rule.
“We’ve had a lot of offense this season,” said Lynnwood coach Matt Rockne. “We have strong hitters. I’ve told the players that who has the hot bat is going to play the most.”
If that’s the case then expect to see plenty of freshman third baseman Madison Morgan, who was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and 7 RBI.
Pitcher Jessica Gott struck out nine in four innings of work against the Scots and also was 4-for-4 with a double. Jasmin Edwards was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and four runs.
Gott had command of her pitches Friday and pitched herself out of trouble in the first and second innings, Rockne said.
Lynnwood’s defense provided an exclamation point to the end of the game when a Shorecrest runner was thrown out at third base when rightfielder Maya Jungmann threw to shortstop Erica Gott, who then fired the ball to third baseman Morgan for the final out of the fifth inning.
“We’re good all around,” Rockne said. “We’ve got speed in the outfield and great hands in the infield.
The Royals beat Shorewood 19-0 earlier in the week. Weather permitting, Lynnwood is scheduled to face Edmonds-Woodway on Monday (the game is being broadcast on the Sound Live Sports Network at 6 p.m.), Cascade on Tuesday and Marysville-Pilchuck on Friday (both are 4 p.m. home contests).
Lynnwood should have success if the players continue doing what they’ve done in their non-league games.
WWe want to play with confidence, focusing on the entire game, feeding off the energy of each other, particularly on offense and setting little goals of winning every inning,” Rockne said.