2019 file photo. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

2019 file photo. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Decatur softball celebrates first 10-win season in 50 years

NPSL All-League 4A softball honors recently announced.

For the first time in 50 years, Decatur High School’s softball team celebrated a 10-win season.

Decatur ended the 2021 season 10-4 and with a list of first-time accomplishments for the team.

A 10-win season is a historical feat and a box that needed to be checked, said fourth-year head coach Mike David. David also coaches girls soccer and girls bowling at Decatur.

“It was a monkey on Decatur’s back that we definitely needed to get off,” he said of the winning streak. “We had a great year.”

This season marked the first time since 2000 that Decatur has won a playoff game. The first time the Gators beat Auburn Riverside since Riverside was opened in 1995. The first time Decatur swept Thomas Jefferson (6-7) and Federal Way (4-11) in the same year.

The 2021 season was also the first time Decatur softball has ever ranked in the Top 25 4A schools, landing in 13th place during the season.

The North Puget Sound League recently announced the 4A All-League softball selections.

Co-Players of the Year: shortstop Kirsten Chung, Tahoma senior; shortstop and pitcher Shelby Lawson, Kennedy Catholic junior

Pitcher of the Year: Sarah Wright, Kentwood freshman

Coach of the Year: Rob McMartin, Tahoma

First Team honors

Pitcher — Saraye Fuentes, Kentridge junior; Hailey Sheffer, Tahoma senior

Catcher — Emma Dazell, Tahoma senior

Infield — Leilani Dalizon, Kentridge junior; Sina Fuiava, Decatur freshman; Kaiea Higa, Tahoma junior; Hailey Leamer, Kentwood senior; Treja Patterson, Federal Way junior; Ainsley Porter, Kennedy Catholic junior

Outfield — Alisyn Fullingim, Kentridge junior; Kairia Kamimae, Kentwood junior; Madison Knull, Tahoma sophomore; Amy Pederson, Kennedy Catholic sophomore; Lani Smith-Obrien, Decatur freshman

Utility — Katie Combs, Decatur senior

Designated Player — Raeden Young, Tahoma sophomore

Second Team honors

Pitcher — Mia Christenson, Mount Rainier junior; Kaycie Haven, Decatur senior

Catcher — Krailyn Guymon, Decatur senior

Infield — Sofia Gomez, Kentwood senior; Brenna Henry, Tahoma senior; Gracie Musga, Kentwood junior; Kyra Smith, Mount Rainier freshman

Outfield — Maliyah Corpuz, Kentridge senior; Leticia Mendez, Mount Rainier freshman; Lauren Rivera, Kentwood junior; Maddie Rose, Tahoma senior

Utility — Jessica Davis, Kentridge senior

Honorable mentions

Pitcher — Gaby Castronover, Kennedy Catholic junior; Ashlyn Hagberg, Kentridge junior

Catcher — Mackenzie Corwin, Mount Rainier senior; Sage Gueck, Kentwood senior; Molly Hatfield, Kennedy Catholic junior

Infield — Jesenay Agulto, Federal Way senior; Sara Henggeler, Kennedy Catholic freshman; Mya Michel, Kentridge sophomore; Sarah Rothenberger, Kentwood sophomore; Makena Togia, Federal Way senior; Tressa Winston, Decatur sophomore

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