England pitches La Center into district softball final




Two wins, 28 strikeouts, one walk.

Not a bad day’s work for Abby England.

The La Center pitcher was on her game Wednesday at the 1A district softball tournament in Centralia.

La Center beat Forks 8-0 in the first round and Elma 4-0 in the semifinals.

La Center (11-5) will face Montesano for the district championship on Saturday in Centralia.

The semifinal win clinched a spot in the state tournament, where La Center will defend its state title.

England struck out 15, allowed just one hit and walked one in the win over Forks. She also hit a two-run home run.

In the semifinals, England struck out 13, allowed four hits and walked none.

Megan Muffett had the hottest bat for La Center. She homered in both games, including a three-run blast against Elma in the third inning.

Muffett was 5 for 6 with five RBI over two games. Kaylie Faul was a combined 3 for 8 with four runs and a solo home run against Elma.

Coin flip gives Ridgefield top seed — Ridgefield will be the 2A Greater St. Helens League’s top seed when the district tournament starts Thursday in Longview.

Ridgefield and Columbia River split the 2A GHSL title at 11-1. They split two games against each other.

Attempts to play a tiebreaker game failed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday due to weather and/or field conditions.

Girls Golf

Sakamoto wins 2A district title — Washougal junior Kallie Sakamoto posted her second consecutive solid round to win the 2A district tournament by nine shots.

Sakamoto shot 78 Wednesday at Riverside Golf Course in Chehalis for a two-day total of 157.

Sakamoto won the district title for the second consecutive year. She will look to build on last year’s third-place finish at the 2A girls state championships will take place Tuesday and Wednesday in Spokane.

McKenna Canty of Black Hills was in second at 166.

Columbia River’s Taylor Blakley placed fifth at 192. Ridgefield’s Kayla Besel tied for sixth at 196.