Federal Way American juniors win District 10 all-star tournament title

The Federal Way American Junior League team beat Chinook/Auburn to win the District 10 title. - Courtesy photo
The Federal Way American Junior League team beat Chinook/Auburn to win the District 10 title.
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The Federal Way American Little League is the best Junior League baseball team in District 10. The group of 13- and 14-year-old all-stars took home the District 10 Junior Little League championship Saturday afternoon.

Federal Way American downed a combined team from Auburn and Chinook Little Leagues, 8-2, in the title game.

Federal Way got a complete-game pitcher performance from Mitch Stewart. Stewart allowed only four hits and didn’t walk a hitter during the victory and struck out 13. It was Stewart’s second complete-game victory of the tournament.

Federal Way American downed Chinook/Auburn in their opener, thanks to pitching of Stewart, and then beat South Hill Little League to earn a berth into the championship. Against South Hill, Andrew Maertins and Mustaffa Niazi pitched American to victory.

Maertins also led the offense throughout American’s three-game tournament run with eight hits. Stewart, Mitchell Garza and Brandon Shires combined for 27 hits and scored 22 of the team’s 24 runs during the tournament.

The team now goes to Medical Lake for the state tournament beginning July 17. Federal Way American will take on the winner of the District 6 tournament in their opener at 9 a.m. at Medical Lake High School in the Spokane area. There are 13 teams in the tournament and the winner will be crowned on July 25.

The team includes Mitchell Garza, Jay-J Jones, Renne Jones, Christian Lindbom, Andrew Maertins, Austin Noteboom, Mustaffa Niazi, Joe Potts, Branden Shires, Mitch Stewart, Kyle Tanemura and Matt Walls. The team is managed by Bob Clinton and coached by Nick Clinton, Jerry Stewart and Matt Jones.

This is the second year in a row that Federal Way American has won the District 10 Junior Little League championship.

Last year, American combined with Federal Way National to win the district title.

In other Little League all-star tournament action:

• The marquee event kicked off Friday night at Sunset Park in Auburn. The 2010 District 10 Little League All Star Tournament for 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls includes all nine teams from Federal Way, Kent, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Northeast Tacoma.

The tournament ultimately culminates at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., in August.

Steel Lake, Federal Way American and Federal Way National Little Leagues will be vying for the District 10 championship. Federal Way National opens up Friday against Soundview Little League from Northeast Tacoma and Federal Way American takes on Auburn.

Steel Lake opens their tournament at 9 a.m. today (July 10) against South Hill Little League.

The Steel Lake Little League All-Star Team includes Brycen Allen, Mason DelaCruz, James Fitch, Christian Jones, Ethan Phelps, Jalen Prather, Matthew Roybal, Garret San Luis, Alex Sommerfield, Ty Sonnenbeld, Gabe Togia, Jaret Wick and Michael Ziccarelli.

The Federal Way National team includes Kaden Jacobs, Andrew Ellingson, Tanner Knapp, Jacob Barden, Mitchell Grant, Sean Kim, Brady Robic, Tyler Swanson, JJ Asinas, Jake Perdue and Tyler Sheedy. The team is managed by Tim Robbins and coached by Brandon Robbins.

Federal Way American‚Äôs roster includes Ben Koler, Jeffrey Cochran, Bridger Armstrong, D’Jimon Jones, Michael Sellers, Edwin Arciaga, Czaralle Gallapon, Calvin Turchin, Dawson Bakker and Lawrence Tokioka.

The team is managed by Lance Koler and coached by Mike Cochran.

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