Softball news….

From the softball diamond this morning, we have four games to report to you from the various national tournaments we are following for you this week.

In the U14 ASA Western Nationals in Kaysville, UT, the Flame Zacher team from Issaquah opened the tournament with a win and a loss yesterday.

The Flame beat the DC Avalanche 10-9 in a morning exhibition game, before falling to the Salt Lake City Firebird team 13-1 to start pool play in the afternoon. In the win over DC, from Layton, UT, Mount Si freshmen-to-be Emily Webb and Maddy Trout both drove in a run each to aid the Flame, and Wildcat sophomore-to-be Bayley Barnett saw her first action in the circle for the Flame in over three weeks, pitching two innings and giving up three unearned runs on two hits. Barnett also had a hit and drove in a run as well offensively.

Trout had a hit in the game against the Firebird, and Barnett pitched one inning as well in that contest.

Meanwhile, at the U18 Premier Girls Fastpitch nationals, in Huntington Beach, CA, the Puyallup-based Washington Ladyhawks Miller scored a 7-2 win to open the playoffs yesterday over Texas Impact Gold. WLH came into yesterday’s game off three straight losses to open the tournament, so the bats clearly were ready to make some noise, and they did just that, with all seven runs coming in the third inning. Mount Si High senior-to-be Celine Fowler was a courtesy runner in the contest for the Ladyhawks’ catcher, but did not score any runs. Fowler has played two games in this tournament in left field for the Ladyhawks.

And to close, we go to Sunnyvale, CA, where the U16 Snohomish Shock, with a couple of players from the Lower Valley, advanced into the playoffs of the ASA’s ‘A’ U16 girls’ national tournament with a 4-2 win over the Lady Lightning Gold out of North Carolina. The Shock, with Cedarcrest HS’ Halie Gerde and Kayla Blakslee, move into the playoff portion of the event as a #1 seed.

Action continues today at all of the events.

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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