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LITTLE LEAGUE: Federal Way National softball team finishes fourth at state
The Federal Way National Little League 9- and 10-year-old girls softball team finished an ultra-successful run last week with a fourth-place finish at the Washington State Softball Tournament.
National finished 2-2 during the tournament at David Douglass Park in Vancouver. Federal Way was knocked out of state by Evergreen Little League on July 18, 11-9. The loss came after two-straight wins over Redmond and Lewis River.
National was knocked into the loser's bracket with an opening-round, 5-2 loss to Evergreen on July 15.
The team included 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. They were coached by Tom Magruder, Jill Davis and Sean Swanson.
The best win by Federal Way came on July 16 against Redmond, who entered as a pre-tournament favorite. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie after regulation, forcing extra innings.
Federal Way tallied the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and held Redmond in the bottom of the inning to seal the victory. Redmond had a runner on third base in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, but National held them scoreless all three times.
Following the Redmond victory, Federal Way dominated Lewis River, 23-8, on July 17 in Vancouver before losing to Evergreen for the second time in the tournament the next day.