Colorado softball tournaments featuring local teams and players from Valley start

This afternoon, we kick off our coverage of several big club softball tournaments down in the Denver area and around Colorado featuring local players and teams taking on top national talent. The Colorado Fireworks and Sparkler tournaments, along with the Boulder Indepedence Day tournament, have drawn several thousand players and their families from all over the United States and Canada in the largest “college exposure” tournament for softball during the summer club season. This is your editor’s 15th or so year of coverage of these things dating back to the Valley Record days, and this is one of our highlights of the year. And frankly one of these years, a bucket list item to go cover. Oh, well. To the action now, courtesy of Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Rhode Island Thunder 8, Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller (Puyallup) 5: In Boulder at the IDT, the Puyallup-based Hawks fell to the Providence, RI-area squad. Cedarcrest HS grad Michaela Carter pitched two innings for WLH, allowing a run on two hits, walking three and striking out three. She received no decision and also went 0-1 at the plate.

TC Stars 11, Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 3: At the Sparkler Juniors in Greeley, the Stars, from nearby Fort Collins, rolled to a win. The offense for the Shock was provided by Cedarcrest’s Allyson Smith, who homered in the first and drove in all three runs. Also getting a hit for the Shock was Mount Si’s Willow Westbrook. Soon-to-be CHS’er Kailee Kores went 0-1 for the Shock and pitched an inning for them as well allowing two runs on five hits with no decision recorded.

Washington Ladyhawks Miller 14U (Puyallup/Snohomish) 11, Momentum Fastpitch 0: Also in the Sparkler Juniors but down the road in Evans, this group of ‘Hawks rolled to a win in their tournament opener over a Houston-area team thanks to a no-hitter by their pitcher, Taryn Bennett, who Mount Si hitters will be facing down the road as she will be playing for Bothell High School next year. Soon-to-be CHS’er Reagan Hollett went 1-1 with a run.

Explosion Flores/Torres 8, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 3: Out in Arvada at the Sparkler 16U event, the California team scored four in the fourth to put away the Redmond-based Diamonds. CHS’s Payton Pluschke went 1-3 with a run scored for the Diamonds, while Mount Si’s Jaclyn Huntzinger wnt 0-2.

San Diego Firecrackers 11, Bellevue Blast ’03 16U 0: Also in the Sparkler but in Northglenn, the Blast were held to one hit – from Sammamish High School’s Kylie Ravenscraft – as they fell to the California team. Mount Si’s Ginger Harris went 0-1.

Washington Ladyhawks 18U Gold Miller (Puyallup) 4, Cal Cruisers 4: Back in Boulder, the ‘Hawks and the southern California team ended in a draw after five frames despite an early lead for WLH. Carter went 0-2.

Colorado Angels Gold 9, Elite Diamonds 16U Pluschke 2: Also out in Arvada, the Diamonds were handled easily by the local team from nearby Aurora. Pluschke went 1-2 with an RBI while Huntzinger went 0-1.

Washington Ladyhawks 14U Miller (Puyallup/Snohomish) 10, Batbusters Arizona 6: The ‘Hawks won a slugfest with a Phoenix-area team. Hollett was 0-2 with a walk and run scored.

Snohomish Shock 14U Oylear 15, Oklahoma Twisters Gold 1: The Shock ran roughshod over the ladies from Oklahoma City. Valley girls were very much a part of this one, too – Smith, Westbrook and soon-to-be CHS’er Riley Warden all doubled in going a combined 7-9 with seven runs scored and three RBI.

Also:

Sparkler: Washington Acers Campbell 18U (Hope Bostick, MSHS) 13, Pacific Coast Predators 5
Sparkler: Team TFS Colorado 10, Washington Acers Campbell 18U 5

One other note as we get set to bring you coverage all week and into the weekend. If you go to our Twitter feed @snovalleysports, we’ll be featuring periodic weather updates from down that direction. We are following the Twitter feed for KUSA-TV (NBC)’s weather folks and will be providing forecasts and what not from down there. One of the things that always interests us is the weather and how that could potentially impact the local kids there. The area has been dealing with some thunderstorm issues the past couple of days and it appears there’s a little rain happening up in the mountains this evening so we’ll see how that impacts things. As it is, the weather this week is expected to be in the 90’s temperature-wise so how players handle that will certainly factor in to things for their teams.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

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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