Softball: Valleyites lead Central Washington women to GNAC crown in historic fashion, plus youth and college news…..

News from the softball diamond this morning:

College: Valleyites lead way for Central in historic run to GNAC title
Central Washington University’s women’s softball team is on its way to the NCAA Division II tournament after making history yesterday at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament in Lacey.

The Wildcats became the first team in tournament history to win the conference title after falling in their first tournament game and did so in emphatic fashion, with the help of their two Valley players.

Central Washington 11, Western Oregon 2 (game one): CWU won the opener to force the second game, and North Bend’s Celine Fowler was getting it done, going 3-4 with two runs to pace the Wildcats. Duvall’s Kaliyn Campbell doubled, scored twice and drove in another run to aid Central. The two players have all season been Central’s top hitters, and proved it once again in this one as the Wildcats moved to the winner-take-all second game with the win.

Central Washington 9, Western Oregon 3 (game two, GNAC Championship game): Sophomore Fowler, a 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 2-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored aiding Central, and Campbell, a junior and 2013 Cedarcrest HS alum, doubled to headline a 2-3 effort, scoring three runs, as the Wildcats routed the Wolves in both games, outscoring WOU by the combined total of 20-5 to take the conference crown.

With the wins, Central now awaits its travel assignment for the NCAA Division II West regionals, and that will be announced first thing tomorrow morning. When we get word, we’ll let you know.

Also:

Hawaii Pacific swept in regular-season finale twinbill: HPU’s season ended with a pair of losses to Hawaii-Hilo yesterday on the Big Island, 12-6 in the opener and 1-0 in the nightcap. Snoqualmie’s Britney Stevens, a sophomore and 2014 Mount Si HS grad, was 2-3 with a walk, double, run scored and two RBI’s to pace the Sharks in the opener, and 0-2 in the nightcap as HPU finishes the season 16-32 overall, 12-18 in conference play. Stevens finished with some good numbers this spring, hitting .270 with five doubles and 13 RBI’s this spring. Defensively, she made just two errors this season playing first base for the Sharks and finished with a .992 fielding percentage.

Youth: Issaquah Flame 14U struggles in California event despite some success from North Bender
The Issaquah Flame 14U Hume girls’ softball team is in northern California this morning competing at the Fresno Force weekend tournament in Clovis, outside of Sacramento. The Issaquah team competed against four northern California teams yesterday, and are the only Washington team in the event.

Here’s a look at their action yesterday, and how the Flame’s Valley rep, North Bend’s Hope Bostick, fared:

San Jose Strikkers 10, Issaquah Flame Hume 4: Bostick, a Twin Falls Middle School student, homered to headline a four-run third inning which made up the Flame’s offense in this one; she drove in three runs on the blast and finished 1-2.

Roseville Heat 5, Issaquah Flame Hume 5: Bostick was 1-2 with a run as the Flame and the suburban Sacramento squad finished in a draw, the lone tie of the day for the Issaquah side.

Fresno Force 3, Issaquah Flame Hume 2: The Flame fell in a close one to the host team this weekend; Bostick was 0-2.

Hype Fastpitch (Sacramento) 10, Issaquah Flame Hume 0: The Flame fell to the Sacramento-area team with Bostick going 0-1 with a walk.

Rhett Workman

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Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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2 Responses to Softball: Valleyites lead Central Washington women to GNAC crown in historic fashion, plus youth and college news…..

  1. Hey Rhett,

    Timothy Corrie was named to the Big Sky Conference Winter All-Academic List.

    • Rhett Workman Rhett Workman says:

      Yes. Did see that but haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. Don’t worry, though, when I get an opportunity I’ll make a mention of it.

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