From the Tri-Cities to Denver, we have action from the softball diamond involving Valley girls….

We finish with softball.

Despite mistakes, Issaquah Flame U12 Abraham makes quarterfinal round at state
It’s not often that baseball or softball teams have to work as hard as these girls had to last night to get a win, but work hard they did, and they earned every bit of their victory.

The Issaquah Flame U12 Abraham team committed 10 errors, but found a way to fight through all that adversity and scored a 9-5 win over the Washington Speed in the first round of the NSA state U12A softball tournament in the Tri-Cities. North Bend’s Maddy Trout was charged with two of those, but atoned for that quite well with her bat, going 2-3 with two runs scored and two more driven in to lead the three-girl Valley contingent on the Flame. Fellow North Bender CJ Howatson went 1-3, and another North Bend resident, Emily Webb, went 0-1. The Flame advanced into the quarterfinals with the win.

In other Flame action, the U14s won a pair of games to also advance to their quarterfinals, while the U10s and U12 THTH (Salters) team both fell in their opening games and went into the loser-out round. All of these teams also feature Valley players, mostly from North Bend and Snoqualmie.

Fall City team out at Colorado Fireworks
The U16 Northwest Ladysharks Wetherbee team based in Fall City, with Mount Si players Paige Wetherbee, Nikki and Jenny Carroll, Celine Fowler, Rachael Picchena and Britney Stevens, was eliminated from the Colorado Fireworks after losing twice in playoff action yesterday at that Denver tournament. LSW fell in their playoff opener to the Texas Firecrackers out of Waco, then after beating a team from Honolulu, suffered a heartbreaking one-run, 4-3, loss to the American Pastime team out of southern California. LSW wrapped up with a 4-3 tourney record.

In other action in Denver, the Ladysharks U18 Gold of Kirkland, with Mount Si senior-to-be Lauren Smith, plays in a loser-out game today against a team from suburban Dallas after splitting a pair of playoff games yesterday. LSG doubled up the Texas Peppers out of Houston in their playoff opener, then fell 6-5 last night to the Arizona Hotshots Creed out of Phoenix.

Up the road in Boulder, CO, Puyallup’s Washington Ladyhawks Miller closed out pool play yesterday at the Independence Day event with a pair of wins over teams from Boulder and Washington, DC. WLHM, with recent Mount Si grad Maura Murphy, opens playoffs later today against a team from Tampa.

Little League district tournaments start today
Little League District 9 tournament action for the 9/10 and “Minors” (10/11) divisions starts today, with both tournaments at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish. Most Valley action will take place in the 9/10 age division, where Snoqualmie Valley (North Bend/Snoqualmie) has teamed up with neighboring Falls (Fall City/Snoqualmie Ridge) to form a team, and that unit of Valley girls take on Kirkland American at noon. Right after, at 3:00 pm, the Sno-Valley North from Carnation/Duvall has a stand-alone entry, and those girls from the lower Valley meet a team comprised of players from Redmond’s three Little Leagues.

In the “Minors” tournament, the only Valley Little League with a team in the event is Falls (SVLL and SVNLL do not have teams in this tournament). The Falls team has a bye to tomorrow, where they will meet the winner of today’s Bellevue East/Eastlake game.

All games at this tournament are free to attend, and we at the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal wish all the girls and their coaches good luck in these tournaments, and hope you can get out and support these young ladies.

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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