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Langley bats go quiet in region softball final

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For the first time this season, and at the worst possible time, the bats of the Langley Saxons were quieted.

Langley had just three hits in a 4-1 home loss to the Washington-Liberty Generals in the girls softball championship game of the 6D North Region Tournament. The loss ended Langley’s season with a 15-2 record and snapped the high-school team’s 14-game winning streak.

Until the region final, Langley used its bashing bats to mount a strong defense in challenging to repeat its 2019 region-tourney title. Three of its victories had come against W-L, including a 6-0 triumph in the Liberty District tourney final.

In the region final, Reese Torres had two of Langley’s hits and starting pitcher Maddie White had the other. White pitched a complete game, with five strikeouts and allowed nine hits.

Langley played the region final without its best player, Olivia Kim. She suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the title game of the previous district tournament.

“We hit very well in 2019, but I think we have even a better hitting team and more balanced attack this season,” Langley coach Mike Sharkey said prior to the region final. “We can hit one through nine in the lineup.”

After a first-round bye in the region, Langley defeated McLean, 10-4, in the quarterfinals then downed Marshall, 13-3, in the semifinals.

Against McLean, White had three hits, including a homer, and  three RBI and was the winning pitcher. Alden Miller also had three hits, including two doubles and two RBI. Charlotte Loving added two hits and two RBI, Torres had two hits and Adelaide Loving two RBI.

In its semifinal win over Marshall, Langley had 13 hits and White was the winner on the mound. She also added two hits, with a homer and three RBI. Torres had two hits and three RBI, Caroline Amano-Dolan homered and doubled, Miller had two hits, and Ally Nicholas and Kira Lentz each had a hit and one RBI.

In the district-tournament final, White had two hits; Adelaide Loving had two RBI; Miller, Kim and Charlotte Loving each had a hit and RBI; and Torres had a hit. Kim was the winning pitcher in four innings of work with five strikeouts and allowing no hits, before she was injured and left the game. White worked the final two frames with six Ks, and she gave up two hits.

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