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Originally published Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

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Five Things to Watch in softball

Five things to watch in the softball state playoffs this weekend.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Five things to watch in the high-school softball state tournaments:

1 Mighty Mavericks.

Meadowdale (20-2) of Lynnwood hasn't lost to a Class 3A opponent all season.

"We're feeling pretty good," coach Dennis Hopkins said. "But when it gets down to state, all bets are off. ... We feel like we've got a chance."

Their district title was the Mavericks' first since 1997 — also the last time Meadowdale placed at state, finishing third.

"Our goal is to place better than that," Hopkins said.

2 Kamiakin back to defend.

Kamiakin of Kennewick capped an undefeated 2012 season by beating Everett for the 3A state title. The Braves have some new faces and a new coach, but are back in the tournament in Lacey.

3 Class 4A field looks loaded.

If not for Woodinville's tough loss to North Medford, Ore., there could be two unbeatens in the 4A field in Spokane. Emerald Ridge (26-0) has the only perfect mark.

Woodinville (21-1) is trying to become only the third 4A team to win back to back. The Falcons prevented Walla Walla from repeating last year with a 5-0 win in the final.

Several others are contenders, including Camas.

4 Arlington's Ladines healthy.

With Ronnie Ladines back, Arlington (19-3) can't be counted out in 4A, either. The Kent State-bound pitcher, who broke a finger late in the basketball season, is 8-1 with a 0.13 earned-run average and .545 batting average (1.295 slugging percentage).

The Eagles have plenty of other weapons, and could have a semifinal date with Emerald Ridge.

5 Aces in 1A.

Small school, big-time pitcher — that's Ashley Thompson, a BYU recruit favored to lead Connell to a third straight 1A championship in Richland. She is 23-0 with a 0.18 ERA and 291 strikeouts in 120 innings, and bats .667 with 11 home runs.

The tourney also features Woodland pitcher Makayla Lefever (22-1).

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