Softball on this Sunday……..

To softball this morning:

National tournament berth for Woodinville 14U team with three top Valley players
The Absolute Blast ’00 14U softball team from Woodinville is on its way to the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch Nationals this summer after earning a berth yesterday at the qualifier tournament in Portland.

Absolute Blast ’00 9, Las Vegas Blast Blue 7: MSHS’ Lexi Wetherbee led the way for AbB, going 2-4 with three runs scored; she reached on an error and stole a base as well to pace Blast. Cedarcrest’s Elaine Townley went 1-3 for AbB, also reaching on an error, stealing a base and scoring a run. She worked an inning in the circle and allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits, receiving a no-decision. Fellow CHS’er Cassidy Derieg also scored a run to help the Blast, who earned their national berth with this win.

Northwest Xplosion 11, Absolute Blast ’00 3: The Blast fell in their first game yesterday; Wetherbee was 0-1 with a walk, sacrifice hit and RBI. Townley was 0-3 with a run scored and she reached on an error, and Derieg pitched two innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on four hits. She walked one and received a no-decision.

Also at the tournament, the Northwest Bullets Zacher and Snohomish SWAT Lande teams are still alive in the 16U division, while the Ladysharks Hagen were eliminated. Here’s the 16IU rundown.

Cal Breeze 5, Northwest Bullets Zacher 0: The Issaquah-based Zacher crew fell into the loser-out round with a loss to the California team; Mount Si’s Maddy Trout was 0-4 for the Bullets in the contest.

Northwest Ladysharks Hagen 10, Orange County Batbusters Fields 6: The Kirkland-based ‘Sharks outslugged the southern California squad to keep their tournament hopes alive; MSHS’ Rose Vogt was 0-2 for the Sharks in the contest.

San Jose Ladysharks 1, Northwest Ladysharks Hagen 0: The local Ladysharks were limited to five hits by their opposition from the Bay Area; three of those were from Vogt as the Kirkland side was knocked out of the tournament with the loss.

SWAT falls: The Eastside Reds held off the Snohomish team, which includes CHS’ Morgan Brown, 5-4, sending the SWAT to the loser out round. Both they and the Bullets Zacher will need to win three games today to earn national berths.

Issaquah team with local girls ousted at state tournament
The Issaquah Flame 12U Hume, playing in the 14U division this weekend at the National Softball Association’s state tournament in the Tri-Cities, saw their run come to an end yesterday.

Issaquah Flame Hume 11, Diamond Dusters 14U 3: Locals Molly Wilbourne and Hope Bostick each had a hit and scored a run apiece for the Flame as they rolled to the win. Bostick, from North Bend, also recorded a walk.

Washington Angels 18, Issaquah Flame Hume 0: The Flame were sent home with this blowout loss to the Tri-Cities team. Bostick and Wilbourne each were 0-1.

Locals compete at regional tournament in Selah
At the American Softball Association’s 16U regionals in Selah, two local teams with Valley players were in action yesterday, with one still alive for a shot at nationals.

Bellevue Blast ’98 7, Washington Spirit 2: Mount Si’s Lauren Wilbourne pitched two innings of one-hit ball, striking out two, to earn a save for the Blast as they held off the Tri-Cities team.

Coeur D’Alene Crush 5, Issaquah Flame 16U Usher 4: A home run from Cedarcrest’s Hailey Lacher, a solo blast in the bottom of the sixth inning, was not enough for the Issaquah team as they fell to the team from Idaho. Lacher went 2-3 on the day to pace the Flame, scoring that run and driving it in as well on that homer. MSHS’ Hayley Aman pitched a complete game in the circle, allowing the five Crush runs, two earned, on seven hits, striking out three. She took the loss, and also was 0-3 at the plate for the Flame. Fellow Wildcat Emily Webb paced the Usher group with a 1-3 effort.

Bellevue Blast ’98 8, Clark County Velocity 6: Wilbourne doubled and drove in a run, and also pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits, striking out two. She received a no-decision for the Blast in the contest.

Washington Explosion 8, Issaquah Flame Usher 2: The Flame were sent home with the loss to the Tri-Cities team. Webb was 1-4 with a double, and Aman went 2-4 with a run scored to pace the Flame, while Lacher also went 1-4.

Bellevue Blast ’98 10, Coeur D’Alene Crush 5: Wilbourne was 0-2 at the plate for the Blast, but pitched 2 2/3 solid innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits, walking four and receiving a no-decision, as the Blast doubled up that Idaho squad. Bellevue needs to win four straight games today to win the tournament and earn a trip to nationals.

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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