Triple Play takes 11th; meets goals

"Be it the luck of the draw or just irony, the two fastpitch teams from Federal Way faced each other in the first round of the double-elimination portion of the Girls 16U B ASA Western National Championship held in Federal Way last week.Triple Play and the Federal Way ICE met up Thursday. Triple Play won, 5-0 and went on to the place 11th in the 46-team tournament.No other team in King County has finished that high before in this level and this age group, said Triple Play coach Gayl Bailey. Triple Play finished the tournament 4-2, after being eliminated by the Arizona Border Brats 3-2 on Saturday. The Border Brats scored the winning run with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the eighth inning.We was a pretty exciting way to go out, Bailey said. It was very emotional for my girls. There were a lot of tears.Bailey said his team had two major goals for the tournament - finish in the top 15 and be the top team from Washington. They accomplished both.Pitcher Kelly Claar led Triple Play with 32 strikeouts. Our defense was the best part of our game. We only gave up a total of 16 runs in six games, Bailey said.At the plate, Samantha Ganacias led the way with a .462 batting average. Sara Brown topped Triple Play in hits (nine) and hit .409. Kaitlin Bailey hit .412 and Lindsey McCown averaged .333 for the tournament.ICE was eliminated in its second game on Thursday. Goldstrike, which is based out of Kent and includes Federal Way area players, was eliminated a game away from the final 16. After notching two no-hitters in the round robin portion of the tournament, Goldstrike won their first game before being thrown into the losers' bracket by the Mid-Valley (Calif.) Sluggers, who went on to capture third place. The Goldstrikkers from California ironically eliminated Goldstrike.The Eastlake Blaze, from Redmond won two games before it was eliminated on Friday. "

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