LACEY — Gig Harbor High School fastpitch coach Kara Dressel feels there’s something special brewing with her Tides entering next week’s 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament.
After finishing the 4A Narrows League regular season in third place, the Tides rolled to three victories the past two days, including a 5-1 win over Olympia in the league tournament title game Friday at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. The victory gave Gig Harbor the league’s No. 1 seed for the bidistrict tournament.
Win two games starting at 11 a.m. Friday at the Kent Service Ballfields, and the Tides (17-5) are back in the state tournament for the first time since 2001.
“We’re peaking at the right time,” Dressel said.
Earlier this week, Dressel pointed to a 5-4 loss to 3A Peninsula as the turning point of the season. Since then, the Tides have won four in a row, outscoring their opponents, 38-14.
“We’ve been on a roll ever since,” Dressel said.
After the teams split their regular-season meetings, Friday’s game was a pitchers’ duel between Gig Harbor’s Jordan Adams (eight strikeouts, four hits) and Olympia’s Maddy Stensby (12 strikeouts).
In the seventh, the Tides sent eight batters to the plate and got two of their seven hits off Stensby, including Aubrey Lindberg’s RBI single to left field.
Lindberg finished 2-for-4, and Marin Malich went 3-for-4.
Olympia (18-4), which received the No. 2 seed for the bidistrict tournament, committed six errors.