Northwest Christian softball rolls in first playoff appearance in 5 years

Northwest Christian's Meadow Fisk rounds third base after hitting a solo home run against Chinle on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Northwest Christian School in Phoenix. [Jacob Stanek/West Valley Preps]

George Witkowski
For West Valley Preps

Northwest Christian softball coach Rod Bair has seen some good softball this season from his team, but he reminded them that it was “by far” the best game of they’ve played.

The 14th-seded Crusaders (17-8) are headed to the Rose Mofford Softball Complex for a 1 p.m. Saturday for a game against Payson, according to Bair, after their 20-0 win in five innings over 19th-seeded Chinle (9-15).

After a scoreless half inning, Northwest Christian scored four runs on an error allowing two runs home an infield RBI single and a run-scoring single to left.

Bair was glad to see his team pass its test with an unknown opponent

“We didn’t know what to expect, because we’ve not seen a common opponent, and we were literally clueless, but we’ll be OK as long as we take care of business,” Bair said.

The biggest worry for Bair was when his starting pitcher Kaylie Flisyn tried to score from third and was tagged out at home, but hurt her legs sliding awkwardly at home plate.

“The first thought is concern for her,” Bair said.

Flisyn finished with four strikeouts, two hits and three walks.

Although the Crusaders came in as the 14th seed, it did not make any difference to Bair, who coached baseball for four seasons and won a state championship in 2015.

He took over the softball program the next spring, and guided Northwest Christian softball to its first playoff appearance since 2014.

“I know we were the 14th seed and people overlooked us, but it was the way we played the game,” he said.

Flisyn could not take all the credit for her good pitching.

“Basically, my dad calls the pitches almost every time,” Flisyn said. “When he calls a pitch and they hit it, it’s his fault for calling it. When I have five runs, and do what I do and trust myself.”

Flisyn added an RBI, junior Meadow Fisk hit a solo home run and junior Jordyn VanMetre added a two-run homer after a single.

Flisyn had a two-run single an inning later and following an RBI single VanMetre came through with another two-run single, as two more runs scored on two errors, making it 15-0.

An RBI single was followed by senior Hope Filsyn’s three-run home run and VanMetre’s RBI single closed out the scoring.

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The Northwest Christian softball team reacts after a two-run home run by Jordyn VanMetre (#1) against Chinle on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Northwest Christian School in Phoenix. [Jacob Stanek/West Valley Preps]


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