For a while Saturday, it seemed as though pixie dust would continue to swirl around the Kamiakin High School softball team.
Whenever it looked as though the Everett Seagulls had the Class 3A state semifinal in hand, the three-time defending champion Braves would find a way to answer.
In the end, though, the magic ran out for Kamiakin.
The Seagulls scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 6-5 win at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey, sending the Braves into the consolation rounds for the first time since 2011.
The quick turnaround after such an emotional game might have been Kamiakin’s undoing when it faced Meadowdale of Lynnwood. The Braves (18-8) were eliminated with a 12-0, five-inning loss to the Mavericks.
Kirkland team Juanita, the last state champion before Kamiakin’s reign, won the 2015 title with a 9-0 win over Everett. Meadowdale beat Prairie of Vancouver 13-9 in the third-/fourth-place game.
Kamiakin fell behind 3-0 in the third inning against Everett (25-2) but tied the score in the top half of the fifth, thanks to Tawny Becker’s two-run double and Kenzie Lowry’s RBI single.
In the sixth, an RBI groundout helped the Seagulls retake the lead, but Becker struck again in the seventh, tying it up with a single. The Braves then pulled off a double steal and sent a runner home. Everett tried to throw her out at the plate, but the ball fell out of the catcher’s glove, and Kamiakin went ahead 5-4.
Everett got one last chance, however, and the Seagulls made it count.
Starting pitcher Sydney Taggart homered, and Gabby Koehler singled in a run to lead Everett back to the championship game for the first time since losing to Kamiakin in the 2012 final.
In the consolation game against Meadowdale, Kamiakin fell behind 5-0 in the first. The Mavericks (25-4) scored three more runs in the second and four in the fourth to finish off the Braves.
As disappointing as their final game might have been, the Braves, who had seven new starters at the beginning of the season, accomplished plenty beyond what many might have expected this year. The Braves were the top 3A team in the Mid-Columbia Conference and were district and regional champions. They also made their eighth consecutive state tournament appearance.
Emiley Moore, Baylee Day (7) and Tawny Becker; Sydney Taggart and Rachel Christensen. Highlights: Becker (K) 2B, 3 RBIs; Taggart (E) HR.
Andria Skeels and Becker; Samantha Gregoryk and Emma Helm. Highlights: Helm (M) HR; Ciarra Hart (M) 2B.