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Little League: State tournament next for Federal Way National Junior fastpitch team
The Federal Way National Little League girls softball program snagged a District 10 title last week.
The Junior League (13/14 year olds) all-star team from Federal Way downed a combined team from Auburn and Kent, 8-4, in the championship game July 1 at Brannan Park in Auburn to earn a trip to the Washington State Tournament, which kicks off July 16 in Oak Harbor. Dani Ward threw a complete-game on the mound during the win over Auburn/Kent in the title game.
Federal Way National will take on LaCenter Little League in their opening-round game of the seven-team tournament at 4 p.m. at Windjammer Park. LaCenter won the District 6 championship. The tournament will run through July 21.
The Federal Way National Junior softball all-star team includes Aleah Adams, Ryann Lacey, Ann McGonigal, Bailey Nelson, Dani Ward, Mads Magruder, Kylie Miller, Meghan Miller, Lupe Havili, Julianna Loving, Morgan Vance and Emily Shires.
The Federal Way National Major (11-12) softball team finished up in second place in its all-star tournament Wednesday. After winning its first two games at Brannan Park to advance into the championship, Federal Way lost two-straight games to Auburn/Kent.
The Federal Way National 9/10 all-star baseball team will also start their run at the Washington State Tournament on July 16. National will take on Salmon Creek Little League, the District 6 champion, at noon at Hartman Park in Redmond in their opener.
Federal Way completed a huge comeback to win their District 10 tournament. After losing in the quarterfinals, National fought back through the consolation bracket, winning five games in a row, including two-straight over Kent in the championship round to advance.
The Federal Way National 9/10 all-star team includes Malachi Afework, Cole Bakker, Blake Beck, Nate Clow, Tommy Davis, Connor Ellingson, Zak Gregg, Gavin Knapp, Travis Miller, Brandon Niksich, Ben Ray, Spencer Sugg, Tate Wallat and Mark Wright.
The marquee all-star tournament kicked off last weekend at GSA Park in Auburn. The 2010 District 10 Little League All-Star Tournament for 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls includes eight teams from Federal Way, Kent, Bonney Lake, Fife, Puyallup and Northeast Tacoma. The tournament ultimately culminates at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., in August.
Federal Way National and Steel Lake little leagues will be vying for the District 10 championship and are two of five teams still playing. Steel Lake is unbeaten and will take on Kent in the semifinals at 6 p.m. July 12. The winner will advance into the championship, which will be played July 15.
Federal Way National beat Auburn in their opener, before losing to Steel Lake. National then downed South Hill to advance into the consolation bracket semifinal. National will take on the winner of a game between Auburn and Soundview at 6 p.m. July 13.
The Federal Way National Major all-star team includes Nathan Adams, Dawson Bakker, Shane Cameron, Talon Gyalog, Kyle Heffernan, Dylan Lydell, JV Magruder, Tyler Praven, Chris Richards, Matthew Sposari and Calvin Turchin.
The 2011 Steel Lake Majors team includes Hunter Bowman, Mason DeLaCruz, Alex Evenson, Keenan Fraser, Derek Keyes, Bodan McGraw, Blake Null, Austin Pauls, Ty Sonnenfeld, Gabe Togia and Kyle Williams. The team is coached by Nate Bowman, Joey Sonnenfeld and Jason Cretti.