Nate Clow winds up for a pitch while Abi Gonzalez readies for the play in recent action for the Federal Way National Little League Majors All-Stars.
The Federal Way National Little League 10/11 Softball All-Stars, along with the Majors All-Stars, fought their way to the state championship game in their respective tournaments, according to a press release from the Federal Way National Little League organizers.
The softball All-Stars managed a second-place finish on July 17, while the Majors All-Stars are set to play over the weekend. If the Majors All-Stars take the state title, they'll move one step closer to the Little League World Series.
10/11 Softball All-Stars
The Softball All-Stars had a hard fought battle on their way to the state title game, starting out with a 4-3 win in their first game, but losing their second game 13-11 to the team from the Snohomish Little League.
Wednesday saw the girls beat their counterparts from Redmond 8-6, which put them into the title game with a rematch against Snohomish. The girls again found themselves falling by two to Snohomish in the title game, 3-1.
The 10/11 Softball All-Stars consists of Jesenay Agulto, Jenna Bettge, Chloe Barrier, Krailyn Guymon, Kaycie Haven, Christine Lee, Maclairen Magruder, Tiana McLarty, Peyton Miller, Faith Morris, Anna Swanson and Makena Togia. The team is managed by Tom Magruder and coached by Jessie Agulto and Neville McLarty.
The Majors All-Stars continued to show they're one of the toughest teams in the region on their way to the state championship game on July 19 in West Seattle. The Majors started their run last weekend with a 12-5 win over the Richland team, winning 12-5. The team hit five home runs in the game, two of which were in the six-run sixth inning.
Sunday saw the team taking on the West Seattle Little Leaguers, and winning 8-4. In that game, the team peppered West Seattle with "one or two runs every inning," according to the press release from the organization.
Their next opponent was Pacific Little League. The game was close, 6-5, in the fifth inning, when the Majors exploded for seven runs. Twelve Majors players had an at-bat in the inning, and opened the game up with solid contact hitting, dinging Pacific with singles and doubles to open the game up.
The boys then took on the North Bothell Little League, a team that has been state champions as recently as 2011. The Majors showed no mercy for the former state champions, opening up the game with four home runs in their first six at-bats, before topping off their score with 11 more runs in the fourth inning, to give them a 16-6 win and punching their ticket for the state title game.
The title game saw the Federal Way boys in a rematch with Pacific Little League. Unfortunately this time around, the Majors All-Stars couldn't duplicate their earlier win, and fell 12-2 in the title game.
Manager John Sugg said the team's success throughout their recent tournaments was the players ability to focus on the game in front of them.
"Our message and our focus has to be focus on one game at a time and enjoy the moment," he said. "Everyone else talks about how 'big' these games are. For us, we are treating each and every game the same and just like the games we were playing back in March. [Now] there are just a few more people watching."
The Majors All-Stars consists of Cole Bakker, David Bedell, Carter Berry, Alex Bradshaw, Nate Clow, Connor Ellingson, Abi Gonzalez, Judah Graham, Colin Hefferman, Tyler Hoeft, Justin Maggerise, Spencer Sugg, Adam Taylor and Zach Yoon. Sugg is the manager and the coaches are Steve Pearson and Bryan Bakker.