Ceres High School grad Sis Bates and her University of Washington softball teammates were in a jubilant mood following Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Kentucky in the Seattle Super Regional.
The third-seeded Huskies earned their third straight trip to the NCAA Division-I Women’s College World Series (WCWS).
“Softball allows me to compete with people I love, which makes it so fun,”Sis Bates
“Softball allows me to compete with people I love, which makes it so fun,” said Bates, a 5-foot-4 junior leadoff hitter and shortstop.
Bates’ sensational play on defense throughout the game had Twitter buzzing.
“Sis is almost superhuman,” Washington sophomore pitcher Gabbie Plain said. “She can do things that don’t even seem possible all the time. It’s never really a fluke. She’s always there. She’s so little but she seems like she’s 6-foot tall—just as tall as me.”
Bates made three, ESPN Top-10 worthy plays against Kentucky.
In the bottom of the second inning, Bates made a diving stop to her left and flipped the ball to second base from her belly for the force out.
In the fourth inning, Bates showed off her range by racing into centerfield to make a catch.
In the seventh inning, Bates fielded a ground ball and spun before throwing to first for the out.
“It’s almost like fan-girl status sometimes,” Plain said. “I think I cried out when she made a good play, ‘You are so good.’ I was just amazed at what she could pull off. It’s always incredible to see.”
Washington claimed Super Regional, Regional and Pac-10 championships on its way to advancing to the WCWS for the 14th time in program history.
“It’s an amazing story,” head coach Heather Tarr said. “We still have more to write.”
Washington (50-7) will face sixth-seeded Arizona Thursday morning in Oklahoma City.
The game will be televised on ESPN.
Washington swept Arizona during Pac-12 play and has won the last six meetings between the two teams.