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Little Leaguers in the mix at state

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Three Federal Way area Little League baseball and softball teams are on the cusp of claiming state championships in their respective tournaments. Steel Lake Little League has a pair of representatives still alive and the Federal Way National Junior team is rolling through its bracket.

The Steel Lake 10- and 11-year-old softball team played in the championship Thursday night (after press time) against Bainbridge Little League in Battle Ground. Steel Lake will have to beat Bainbridge twice to claim the state championship. Bainbridge knocked Steel Lake into the loser’s bracket with a 6-3 win in the semifinals. Steel Lake was then forced to beat Stilley Valley LL to earn a berth in the championship. Steel Lake also beat Stilley Valley in their opener, 7-6, and then downed Eastlake LL in the quarterfinals, 22-7.

The roster includes Annalise Campbell, Halle Colson, Jasmin Fulmore, Raquelle Hale, Katie Jackson, Megan Jewett-Chan, Lexis Pawlowski, Kayla Quiroga, Morgan Snyder, Reno Whitcomb, Celine Woo, Alyssa Woods and Alysea Zaragoza. The team is managed by Terome Fulmore and coached by Richard Jackson and Chuck Woods.

The Steel Lake Senior Little League team is also winning games in impressive fashion at the state tournament. The 15 and 16 year olds won their first three games in Vancouver and played last night (after press time) in the semifinals with a berth into the championship game on the line. Steel Lake beat Bellevue Thunderbird LL in their opener, 11-9, downed Ft. Vancouver LL, 9-3, and shut out Sky Valley in the quarterfinals, 3-0. The championship will be played today, July 21, in Vancouver with a berth to the Senior Little League West Regional Tournament on the line. Regionals will be played in Salem, Ore. Aug. 3-9. The World Series will take place in Bangor, Maine.

The team includes Jerrod Bachman, Ronnie Castagno, Jeff Edd, Brett Fitzgerald, Stephen Foster, Jordan Johansen, Chad Kebba, Mason Lapping, Erik Lindenauer, Chris Nishimura, Kyle Quackenbush, Drew Staples, Jory Tysdal and Brandon Warren. The team is coached by Brent Edd, Jon Lindenauer and Steve Park.

The Federal Way National Junior Little League team just continues to roll. The 13 and 14 year olds dominated the District 10 Tournament earlier this month to win the league’s second-straight Junior title. National beat Steel Lake LL in the championship game, 8-1, thanks to a three-run, home run by Brian Moe.

Now, National has turned its attention to the Washington State Junior Little League Tournament, which is currently being played at Auburn’s Brannan Park. Federal Way won their first two games to earn a berth into last night’s semifinals (after press time) against Nisqually Basin. National cruised in their first two games, dominating Selah National in their opener, 22-5, and downing Rainier District in the quarterfinals, 14-3. The state championship game will be played tomorrow, July 22, in Auburn with a berth into the Western Regional Tournament on the line. Regionals will be played in Beaverton, Ore. July 31-Aug. 9. The West Regional winner will earn a spot into the Junior Little League World Series in Taylor, Mich. Aug. 12-18.

The Federal Way National offense has been tearing the cover off the ball during the all-star postseason. The team is averaging over 12 runs a game during the district and state tournaments. But their pitching has also been solid, giving up just under four runs a game.

Federal Way National’s 2007 Junior Little League roster includes Peter Guthrie, Cole Meyers, Zach Jacobs, Mac Gridley, Brian Moe, Jeffrey Apigo, Richard Apigo, Ali Davenport, Brett Johnson, A.J. Brandt, Adam Bolf, Carson Meyers abd Mitchell Bley. The team is coached by Mike Barnhardt, who is assisted by Paul Guthrie and Henry Apigo.

Another Federal Way team was knocked out of their state tournament on Monday night. The Federal Way National 9- to 10-year-old all stars were eliminated by Pasco National, 5-2. National rolled to the District 10 tournament title by beating Kent Little League in the championship game, 2-0.

The 9-10 State Little League Tournament was held at David Douglas Park in Vancouver and included 13 teams from across Washington.

National lost its opener on Sunday afternoon to the Eastlake Little League, in heart-breaking fashion, 7-6.

The Federal Way National players were Lawyer Braun, Dax Wallat, Markus Montelongo, Garrett Westberg, Scotty Sunitsch, Kaden Jacobs, Christian Stafford, Max Dalrymple, Daniel Ochs, Andrew Ellingson, Jon Charbonneau, Stephen Swan, Justin Ekness and Tanner Knapp. Head coach John Sugg was assisted by Steve Pearson and Tom Wallat.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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