Wrapping up the softball action from the weekend….

Time now to wrap up the weekend in local youth softball.

ASA Blast into Summer, Kent
A lot of headlines came out of this weekend for the teams with Valley players participating in the local tournament. Two of them won their age group brackets, while a couple of others came very close.

16U Gold Quarterfinal-Issaquah Flame 16U Usher 13, SFC Storm 12 (8): A wild game ended with Cedarcrest High School’s Hailey Lacher hitting a fielder’s choice in the eighth that helped score the game-winning run for the Flame; she finished 1-5 with an RBI. Mount Si High School’s Emily Webb led the way, going 2-4 with a double, run scored and RBI for the Issaquah team, and fellow Wildcat Hayley Aman had a huge day, going 3-5 with a double, run scored and two runs driven in; she also pitched seven innings of relief, allowing five runs on nine hits, walking four and striking out two in a gritty 100-pitch performance. Aman got the win in the circle.

16U Gold Semifinal-Washington Ladyhawks 14U Hardy 15, Issaquah Flame 16U Usher 4: The Puyallup-based Ladyhawks won this age bracket, and to get there, they beat the Flame in this semifinal matchup backed by a strong 3-4 performance which included a double and RBI from Mount Si High School’s Grace Lis. Lacher was 2-2 for the Flame, while Aman went 0-3. The Issaquah team was eliminated from the tournament with the loss.

18U Silver Semifinal-Bellevue Blast 16U 10, Freedom 18U 2: Mount Si’s Lauren Wilbourne went 2-4 with a run to lead the Blast into the finals of their age bracket.

18U Silver Championship-Montana Avalanche 18U 7, Bellevue Blast 16U 2: Wilbourne started in the circle for the Blast and pitched four innings, allowing four runs, all earned, on six hits, walking two and striking out two. She took the loss, and also went 0-2 at the plate, as the Bellevue team fell and finished as the runner-up in their playoff bracket.

Rest of the scores now. Congrats to the Ladyhawks Hardy on their tournament title win, and also the Snohomish SWAT 16U Lande, with Cedarcrest High School’s Morgan Brown, who won their playoff bracket as well.

Issaquah Flame Hoke 14U 10, Bellevue Blast 8 (14U Gold quarterfinal)
WA Ladyhawks Hardy 14U 14, Hoquiam Bombers 16U 7 (16U Gold quarterfinal)
Snohomish SWAT 99 16U 10, PNW Force 18U 1 (18U Gold quarterfinal)
NW Shock 11, Issaquah Flame Hoke 14U 3 (14U Gold semifinal; IFH: eliminated from tournament)
WA Ladyhawks Hardy 14U 4, NW Speed 3 – WLH wins bracket (16U Gold championship)
Snohomish SWAT 99 16U 12, Issaquah Flame 18U Waters 2 (18U Gold semifinal)
Snohomish SWAT 99 16U 7, Surrey Storm 16U Gold 6 – SWAT wins bracket (18U Gold championship)

KEY: Issaquah Flame Hoke-Hailey Hoke, future CHS
WA Ladyhawks Hardy-Grace Lis, MSHS
Snohomish SWAT 99-Morgan Brown, CHS

ASA Nationals Qualifier, Portland
The Washington Acers 18U Gold Wilson missed out on punching a national tournament berth, but they came real close.

Oregon Batbusters 9, Acers 18U Gold Wilson 3: In the first attempt to earn that national berth, the Oregon team dominated proceedings and themselves earned that trip. Mount Si High School’s Claire Lis allowed three runs on one hit and two walks without recording an out in the circle, and fortunately received a no-decision in the contest for the Bellevue-based Acers.

Acers 18U Gold Wilson 6, Oregon Titans 5: A walk-off double by Auburn Mountainview High School’s Marissa Petrovich scored the game-winning runs in the bottom of the seventh for the Acers as they remained alive in the tournament with the win. Lis went 2-4 with an RBI for the Acers, who then were shut out 4-0 by their organization’s 18U Gold team coached by Mark Anderton, who, as a few of you may remember from the past, coached Mount Si pitching great Kandis Clesson while she was in high school a decade ago now, in the loser’s bracket title game. Lis did not play in the title game.

PGF National 14U Qualifier, Virginia Beach, VA
A stellar pitching performance by a Cedarcrest High School pitching star lifted her club team to the tournament title.

Team Seattle 3, Virginia Elite Black 0: CHS’ freshman ace Lauren Rich showed the Virginia girls why she quickly became one of the top pitchers in the Cascade Conference this spring, pitching a four-hit, 104-pitch complete game gem, striking out six, as TS won the tournament and a national Premier Girls’ Fastpitch tournament berth. That event is later this summer.

Team Glory (VA) 10, Absolute Blast 2000 8 (8): AbB following their loss to TS early yesterday which we mentioned for you as soon as that game went final came back out and gave the Virginia team all they could handle. But a Glory player homered with runners on in the eighth, sending them on in the loser-out round and the AbB team out of the tournament. CHS’ Cassidy Derieg pitched five innings in the circle for the Woodinville team, allowing five runs, all unearned, on five hits, walking four and striking out two. She received a no-decision, and also went 1-4 at the plate. Fellow Red Wolve Elaine Townley was 2-4 with a run and Mount Si High’s Lexi Wetherbee went 2-4 with two runs scored for AbB.

Triple Crown Sports Zoom into June, Hemet, CA
What had been a strong start to the weekend for the Northwest Bullets 16U Zacher team from Issaquah ended on a bit of a down note, as they fell twice yesterday after a 3-0 Saturday.

Arizona Hotshots 5, Bullets 3: Mount Si High’s Maddy Trout was hitless in two at-bats as the Bullets fell in a close one to the Arizona team.

California Nuggets Blue 7, Bullets 1: Trout also was hitless in two at-bats as the Bullets fell to the California squad.

NSA Patriots Invite, Marysville
North Sound Stars 14U 5, Issaquah Flame 12U Hume 4: The Stars held off the Flame and eliminated the Issaquah team from tournament play. The Flame’s two Valleyites, Molly Wilbourne and Hope Bostick, both went hitless on the contest (Wilbourne 0-2 and Bostick 0-3).

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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