Cle Elum-Roslyn softball coach Cheryl Singer talks to her team after a win against Morton-White Pass last season in Cle Elum. 

CLE ELUM — The Cle Elum-Roslyn High School softball team lost six seniors because of graduation last year — four who batted over .440.

But the Warriors have a solid group of returners who look to get them back to the 1A state tournament for the fifth straight season.

“I still expect us to be highly competitive in our league and districts,” 13-year head coach Cheryl Singer said.

Cle Elum-Roslyn finished 18-3, 9-0 in the South Central Athletic Conference. In districts, it lost in the opening round to Connell High School 8-5 in nine innings, making the road to state bumpier with having to play a loser-out game the rest of the way.

The Warriors ensued to beat Granger High School and Zillah High School with ease, then defeating Connell High School for a third-place finish to advance to state.

At state, they drubbed Bellevue Christian High School 11-3, and then lost 3-1 in the quarterfinal matchup to Elma High School.

“Really what it came down to is needing to make adjustments sooner offensively,” Singer said. “We’re just going to work all season on our approach at the plate.”

Seven of the Cle Elum-Roslyn players were All-League nominees — five were seniors.

Bricky McBribe, Anna Kelly and sophomore Kemesha Howard were all First-Team. Second-Team consisted of Natalya Lombard, Melli Rodriguez and junior Katelyn Nass.

Emily Lussier was Player of the Year for SCAC West. She batted .466 with 15 RBI’s.

Nass is one of the key returners for the Warriors this season. The shortstop batted .309 and knocked in 20 runs. She’ll be one of the main pitchers, too. As a junior, she made 10 appearances, 28 innings pitched, 5.00 ERA, 2-0 record and 47 batters fanned down.

At third base is Davi Vaughn who played in all 18 games. As a sophomore, she hit .293 with 11 RBI’s.

Also on the mound is Howard, who looks to build off a successful 2018 season. She carried a 1.96 ERA with a 10-3 record in 68 innings pitched. She struck out 87 batters.

“They both have completely different approaches,” Singer said of Nass and Howard. “…They're a really great combination with the pitches that they throw and their delivery. When you put them together, they both bring something different and unique. They both have different speeds, they both have different spin on the ball.

“Just a great combination in the both of them.”

Cle Elum-Roslyn is scheduled to play in a tournament at Auburn Riverside High School this Saturday for a double header against Auburn Riverside. Game time is at 11 a.m.

The Warriors have been anxious to finally get out on a field.

“We’re excited to play a game, we’re excited to get outside. But also nervous because we haven’t been outside,” Singer said.


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