News: Bellevue softball into 3A state tournament after pair of wins

The Bellevue softball team entered Thursday facing elimination and a pair of Metro League foes to complete their return run to the state tournament.

Too bad for the Metro League.

The Wolverines played inspired throughout both contests, the first a 6-0 win over West Seattle and the second a decisive 12-2 statement over Bishop Blanchet in six innings.

The Wildcats stood little chance against the pitching of Emily Fleischman, who controlled the game throughout and was aided by a four-run fifth inning that broke the game open, pushing the Bellevue lead to 5-0.

Fleischman finished with seven strikeouts against Blanchet and mixed in a dazzling changeup to keep hitters off her fastball. “I love that pitch,” Fleischman said.

Game Note: Bellevue banged out 18 hits in the Blanchet game and 12 in the first game of the day against West Seattle…Bennett went 6-8 on the day with six RBI and four runs scored…Taylor Cooke flashed the leather on a pair of occasions at second base, keeping one ball on the infield with a difficult snare and plucking another from shallow right field to end an inning…Fleischman allowed only eight hits over 13 innings and not a single earned run, throwing 162 pitches in the two games combined.

- Bellevue Reporter 5/20/2011 (abbrev.)