LITTLE LEAGUE: Federal Way National wins two more District 10 all-star tournament titles
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
July 2, 2012 · Updated 1:11 PM
The domination of the District 10 all-star tournaments continued last weekend for Federal Way National Little League.
Federal Way won two more district championships Friday and Saturday, giving National three titles so far this postseason.
Federal Way won the District 10 baseball championship in the 10- and 11-year-old division and the district softball title in the 9-10 age group. National also won the 9-10 baseball all-star tournament last week.
Federal Way dominated Auburn Little League in the district championship game in the 10-11 baseball tournament, 13-4, Saturday at GSA Park in Auburn.
On Saturday, June 30, the FWNLL 10-11U All Star Team, managed by Tom Wallat with coaches Mike Niksich and Chuck Miller captured the District 10 tournament by defeating the Auburn All Stars, 13-4.
Auburn actually took a 3-2 lead before Federal Way exploded for 10 runs in the fourth inning to put the game away. Mark Wright led the balanced 12-hit offensive attack by going 3 for 4 with three doubles and two RBIs. Tate Wallat added two hits and two RBIs.
The victory capped a 4-0 tournament for National. Federal Way started with a 7-1 win over Auburn, beat Kent in the quarterfinals, 10-7, and downed Soundview, 14-5, to earn the berth into the championship.
National averaged 11 runs a game during the tournament and hit .379 as a team during the four games. The offense was highlighted by home runs from Tommy Davis, Wright and Gavin Knapp. Travis Miller led the team in hits and RBIs.
On the mound, Davis collected two wins during the tournament, with Brandon Niksich and Knapp winning the other two games.
The team includes Malachi Afework, Blake Beck, Tommy Davis, Gavin Knapp, Travis Miller, Brandon Niksich, Brandham Ponce, Ben Ray, Kyle Russell, Tyler Tribble, Tate Wallat and Mark Wright. The team is coached by Tom Wallat, Mike Niksich and Chuck Miller.
The team now advances to the state tournament, which begins July 14. The 10-11 tournament will be at Mill Creek's Freedom Fields.
The team includes nine players who were a part of the Federal Way National 9-10 all-star team that finished second at last year's state tournament.
The Federal Way National 9-10 fastpitch all-star team also dominated in the championship game and got a no-hitter from Leyna Wiley to beat Tahoma, 10-0, in four innings at Browns Point Elementary School on Friday.
Federal Way beat Soundview in their opener, downed Tahoma in the quarterfinals and beat Bonney Lake/Sumner in the semifinals. But National was beaten by Tahoma in the first championship game on Thursday in extra innings, necessitating Friday's contest.
The team now advances to the state tournament, which begins July 14 at David Douglas Park in Vancouver.
The National team includes Abigail Cretti, Callie Davis, Ainsely Yoshizumi, Kaycie Haven, Sierra Jasso, Jessica Karmell, Maclairen Magruder, Tiana McLarty, Destiny Medina, Faith Morris, Emma Ray, Kawehi Sharpe, Anna Swanson and Leyna Wiley. The team is coached by Tom Magruder.
In other all-star tournament news:
• A combined team from Federal Way National and Soundview has advanced into the championship round of the District 10 Little League (11-12) Softball Tournament at Brannan Park in Auburn. The team beat Bonney Lake/Sumner in the opening round and downed South Hill/Fife/Milton/Edgewood/Chinook Sunday. The team will play the winner of a game between Auburn/Kent and South Hill/Fife/Milton/Edgewood/Chinook at 9 a.m. at Brannan Park on Wednesday, July 4.
The team includes Kaelyn Barnwell, Taytum Blake, Karsyn Bryant, Tina Carterman, Riley Clark, Marissa Fenton, Sierra Harriage, Autumn Harris, Amanda Henderson, Halli McGraw, Sophia Musiak, Kaela Nokes, Grace Sunitsch and Hannah Togia. The team is managed by Austin Koehler.
• A combined Federal Way National/Soundview team finished second in the 10-11 District 10 softball tournament. National lost to Auburn/Kent in the championship game Saturday at Brannan Park in Auburn.
The team opened with a victory over Chinook/Fife/Milton/Edgewood Sunday before losing to Auburn/Kent in the semifinals. They then beat Chinook/Fife/Milton in the loser's bracket to earn the berth in the championship.
The team included Riley Anderson, Hannah Blackmon, Camille Colglazier, Lindsay Cummings, Lacey McMullin, Nayah Page, Audrey Patton, Marie Palomo, Rebecca Renner, Brianna Thompson, Sarah Williams and Alexandria Zanger.
• The marquee event of the all-star tournament season, the 2012 Little League (11-12) kicks off Thursday, July 7 at the Federal Way National Complex. The tournament ultimately culminates at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., in August.
Federal Way opens at 9 a.m. against South Hill Little League. The team includes Antonio Burns, Connor Keene, Eli Graham, Ethan Rogers, Evan Brewer, Garrett Morris, Jaycee Fraser, Luke Tedrick, Quin Hanson, Tim Hughes and Tyler Houston.
Steel Lake gets things going, also at 9 a.m., against Bonney Lake/Sumner. The Steel Lake team consists of Ryan Angelot, Darnel Calugay, Anujay (AJ) Chopra, Colin Floyd, Cory Jex, Jake Jex, Cameron Naden, Nicholas Oka, Brandon Sanders, Daniel Shafer, Jordan Taylor, Jared Thompson, Michael Woods and Travis Zumwalt. The team is coached by Justin Compton, Brandon Severson and Aaron Bronson.Contact Federal Way Mirror Sports editor Casey Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 925-5565 ext. 5056.