Last year, the 2A Greater St. Helens league came down to a the battle for the top spot between Woodland and Ridgefield. Both possessed the firepower of two of the top teams in the area, regardless of classification. Both made deep runs in the state tournament. Woodland won the state title.
New year. Same story.
“We view them as our biggest competition,” Woodland coach Tom Christensen said. “We talk about it. We’re excited (to play them).”
Last season, the teams finished locked atop the league standings, as they were each other’s only league loss in a 1-1 series split.
But Woodland ended the season with the ultimate goal: a first place state trophy. Ridgefield finished fifth.
“In the back of the girls’ minds, yes, we have some unfinished business, and Woodland is in that path,” Ridgefield coach Dusty Anchors said. “What I’m trying to get the girls to step back and realize that it’s one game at a time, one pitch at a time. It’s a fine line.”