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LITTLE LEAGUE: Federal Way National Junior softball wins district championship

By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
July 3, 2013 · Updated 10:22 AM
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The Federal Way National Junior softball team won the District 10 championship Tuesday with a 14-4 win. The team will next play at the Washington State Tournament in SeaTac starting July 13. / Courtesy photo

Federal Way National crowned another District 10 champion Tuesday night when the Junior Softball Team (15-under) beat a combined team from Auburn/Kent/Fife/Milton/Edgewood, 14-4. It was the second night in a row that Federal Way beat the combined team at the Federal Way National Complex.

Next up for National will be the Washington State Tournament, which kicks off on July 13 at Valley Ridge Park in SeaTac.

Federal Way won the opening game of the District 10 Tournament Monday with a come-from-behind, 7-6 win. Sam Simundson connected on a walk-off hit to score Tricia Hultman. Kayla Gaerttner got the win on the mound, pitching the final three innings.

In the second game, Federal Way used a six-run outburst in the fourth inning to separate from Auburn/Kent/Fife/Milton/Edgewood.

Gennie Summers sealed the game by belting a two-run double into the left-field corner in the fifth inning, invoking the 10-run mercy rule. Summers also picked up the win on the mound, pitching three innings in relief of Alex Haven, who allowed one run over the first two innings.

The team includes Kim Brainard, Ashley Clark, Hannah Coburn, Kayla Gaerttner, Alex Haven, Amanda Henderson, Jessie Holder, Tricia Hultman, Halli McGraw, Isabelle McLarty, Dejia Phelps, Sam Simundson, Gennie Summers and Grace Sunitsch. The team is coached by Gary Haven.

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