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					R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H


             Rainiers Miss Qualifying for Nationals by One Game;
            End Season by Taking Gold at Washington State Games
         The SEATTLE RAINIERS girls’ 14-U fastpitch team had a June and July to remember, despite falling short (and
one game short at that) of realizing their goal of a bid to ASA 14-U “A” Nationals in Midland/Odessa, Texas. While
they did not get to end the 2007-08 season at the “Rose Bowl” of youth fastpitch (and thereby testing themselves
against the best teams in the nation), they did nonetheless conclude the campaign on a very positive note by besting
all opponents to take home the gold medal in fastpitch in the 16-U division of the 2008 Washington Games at Lower
Woodland Park in Seattle, Washington. They ended the season with an outstanding record of 42-20-2, fashioned
largely against older girls in 16-U competition.




                                       Washington State Games Fastpitch Champions

        When we last left the RAINIERS, they had played hard and well in the LADYHAWKS’ INVITATIONAL at
Riverview Playfield in West Seattle, Washington, falling on Sunday by the closest of margins to the very experienced
SPOKANE SLIDERS (WA), and were preparing for the SEA-TAC METRO CHAMPIONSHIPS, which would produce one
berth to ASA Nationals.

         They headed into the next weekend (June 7 - 8, 2008) full of confidence that they could win the METRO
CHAMPIONSHIPS. After all, they’d posted a winning record against the very tough WOODINVILLE REIGN ’93 (WA)
and the equally tough WOODINVILLE REIGN ’94 (WA) and had lost close one-run decisions to the DIAMOND DUSTERS
WHITE (Port Orchard, WA). The first day of the tournament - - which would be contested in a straight double-
elimination format - - dawned cold and gloomy. The grey skies offered an ominous portent for that which followed.
The RAINIERS were paired with the DIAMOND DUSTERS WHITE in the opening game of the tournament and dropped
a 3-1 decision to their archrivals in a contest that saw the RAINIERS leave seven runners on base in the six innings of
time-shortened play, commit four errors on defense (nearly all of which contributed to the DUSTERS’ scoring efforts),
and have two of their coaches ejected by an umpire who, shall we say, appeared to have an agenda. Despite all of
the above, the girls had advanced the tying run to second base with two outs in their half of the sixth inning, but,
alas, were unsuccessful in pushing her across. The RAINIERS were then knocked out of the tournament by the
DIAMOND DUSTERS BLACK, 10-3, in a game which featured rather unsportsmanlike conduct by members of the
DUSTERS’ organization. That conduct led to eight RAINIERS’ errors (five of which occurred in the first inning alone)
which, in turn, led to eight unearned runs. Those first-inning errors allowed the DUSTERS BLACK to take a 6-0 lead.
The RAINIERS were never able to mount a consistent enough attack the rest of the way to dig themselves out of such

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 a deep hole. These were both very tough losses in that they left the girls with only one other opportunity to qualify for
 ASA Nationals and that would be at the PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGIONAL NATIONAL QUALIFIER later in the month at
 Spokane, WA.

         The line scores for this abortive effort at the SEA-TAC METRO CHAMPIONSHIPS are set forth below:

         GAME NO. 1
                                                                                     R       H            E        LOB
                  RAINIERS                     000      001                 -        1       7            4        8
                  DUSTERS WHITE                011      10x                 -        3       4            0        8
                          Flynn (L,   6-8) and Feist.
                          RBI         -        Fox (8).
                          SB          -        Giberson-Chen (14), Streit (11), Cunningham (9).
                          DP          -        Flynn – Feist - Slater.
                          ATT         -        44

         GAME NO. 2 (Loser Out)
                                                                                      R        H          E        LOB
                  DUSTERS BLACK                610       30                 -         10       6          3        6
                  RAINIERS                     001       11                 -         3        6          9        5
                          Flynn (L,   6-9) and Poole.
                          2B          -        Stanley (1), Flynn (2).
                          RBI         -        Flynn (18), Stanley (3).
                          SB          -        Giberson-Chen 2 (16), Streit 2 (13), Fox (9), Davis (8).
                          SF          -        Magalei (1).
                          ATT         -        47

           The RAINIERS’ two losses on Saturday sent them to SERA Fields in Tacoma, WA, on
 Sunday for the SOUTH END 14-U INVITATIONAL. This tournament featured the seven first-day
 knockouts from METROS and the OLYMPIA BULLDOGS (WA) in a single-elimination format. The
 RAINIERS faced an old rival, the NORTHWEST LADY SHARKS (Kirkland, WA), in the first round, and
 won in thrilling fashion, 3-2, with two runs in the last of the seventh. The game had been scoreless
 through five. The SHARKS went ahead in the top of the sixth, 1-0, only to have the RAINIERS knot
 the score in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back doubles by KEANA MAGALEI (Tacoma, WA)
 and SHELBY POOLE (Renton, WA). The SHARKS, not to be outdone, pushed a run across the dish
 off of reliever ERIN SLATER (Federal Way, WA), who had, that inning, replaced the injured EMILLY
 CUNNINGHAM (Port Orchard, WA) in the circle. The RAINIERS rallied, though, in stirring fashion.
 KAYSHA FOX (Tacoma, WA) thrilled her hometown crowd by beginning the frame with an infield hit
 to second. She stole second base and advanced to third on a ground out by KARISA STREIT (West Erin on the Rubber
 Seattle, WA). Pinch-hitter, AL’ASIA DAVIS (West Seattle, WA), then blooped a double down the
 third-base line, scoring KAYSHA. HANNAH FEIST (Kent, WA), moved AL’ASIA to third on a grounder to the pitcher.
 AL’ASIA, three pitches later, scampered home on a wild pitch to win the game and send the RAINIERS into the semi-finals
 against the SEATTLE FASTPITCH CLUB BEASTS (WA). The RAINIERS scored a run in the first when KAYSHA FOX singled
 to lead off the game, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and tallied when the SFC catcher threw wildly to
                            third in an effort to pick KAYSHA off the bag. The score stayed the same until the last of the fifth
                            when the RAINIERS exploded for seven runs to invoke the mercy rule and move into the champi-
                            onship game against the WASHINGTON SIDEWINDERS (Snohomish, WA). ERIN SLATER allowed
                            one hit and three base runners to run her record to 8-1 for the season. In the championship
                            game, EMILLY CUNNINGHAM returned to the circle for the RAINIERS. They staked her to a 2-1
                            first-inning lead when KARISA STREIT singled and scored on a triple by AL’ASIA DAVIS to deep
                            center. EMILLY then laid down a perfect bunt to score AL’ASIA from third. The SIDEWINDERS,
                            however, answered with three in the third to take a 4-2 advantage. The RAINIERS cut the lead
                            to 4-3 in the bottom of that stanza when EMILLY CUNNINGHAM singled. KAYSHA FOX then
                            came into run for her, stole second, moved to third on a grounder by JANESSA FLYNN
                            (Spanaway, WA), and scored on a double by CARSEN STANLEY (Tacoma, WA). The girls tied the
                            score in the next inning when KARISA STREIT’s single drove home JOSHILYNN WOLFF (Renton,
                            WA) from third. The SIDEWINDERS, though, still had a lot of fight in them and put another run
                            on the board in the sixth. They then shut the door on the RAINIERS’ offense to go home with
                            the trophy. This loss gave the RAINIERS their third second-place finish of the year.
  Shelby launching one



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       The line scores for the SOUTH END 14-U INVITATIONAL are set forth below:

       GAME NO. 1
                                                                       R             H        E       LOB
               LADY SHARKS           000      001      1       -       2             9        0       8
               RAINIERS              000      001      2       -       3             10       0       6
                      Cunningham, Slater (W, 7-1) and Poole.
                      2B     -       Davis (6), Magalei (5), Poole (4)
                      RBI    -       Davis (12), Poole (8)
                      SB     -       Streit (14), Fox (10)
                      DP     -       Poole - Magalei, Fox - Magalei
                      ATT    -       30

       GAME NO. 2 (Semifinals)
                                                                          R          H        E       LOB
               SFC BEASTS              000      00                -       0          1        1       2
               RAINIERS                100      07                -       8          11       2       6
                      Slater (W, 8-1) and Poole.
                      2B       -       Wolff (7), Feist (6)
                      RBI      -       Feist 2 (23), Magalei (11), Fox (9), Poole   (8), Slater (2)
                      SB       -       Fox (11), Magalei (7), Flynn (6)
                      DP       -       Wolff - Flynn
                      ATT      -       27

       GAME NO. 3 (Championship Game)
                                                                      R         H        E            LOB
               SIDEWINDERS           103      001      1        -     5         10       0            7
               RAINIERS              201      100      0        -     4         7        2            5
                      Cunningham (L, 8-3) and Poole, Feist (6)
                      2B     -       Stanley (2)
                      3B     -       Davis (2)
                      RBI    -       Cunningham (18), Davis (13), Streit (9), Stanley (4)
                      SB     -       Streit (15), Fox (12), Wolff (1)
                      DP     -       Fox - Slater
                      ATT    -       41

         For the weekend’s five games (two at Marymoor Park and three at SERA
Fields), KAYSHA FOX, JANESSA FLYNN and KARISA STREIT led the offensive
attack with batting averages of .455, .417 and .400, respectively. ERIN SLATER
paced the pitching effort with a 2-0 record and 1.17 ERA.

        Smarting from the second place finish in what amounted to a consola-
tion tournament the prior weekend, the RAINIERS hit the dirt on June 14-15,
2008, for the MIKE RICHDALE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT at Sprinker Recreation
Center in Spanaway, WA. They began play in that tournament with a 4-1 win
                                over the DELTA HEAT (Delta, B.C.) and
                                followed that with a resounding 11-2 victory
                                over the DIAMOND DUSTERS RED (Port
                                Orchard, WA) - - who, the previous week, had       Karisa Making Contact
                                won the SEA-TAC METRO 14-U “B” CHAMPIONSHIP. They then finished the day
                                with a 3-1 loss to the OREGON BLAZE (Tualatin, OR). Despite the latter, the
                                RAINIERS earned the No. 1 seed for the next day’s single-elimination champion-
                                ship round. The RAINIERS were matched again with the OREGON BLAZE in the
                                first round of Sunday play. They were, however, “one and done” falling to the
                                BLAZE by a 7-3 count. The BLAZE played solid defense and managed to put
                                together several amazing sequences of seeing-eye grounders and pop flies to
      Carsen Chatting with Blue break open a close ball game.

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       The line scores for the MIKE RICHDALE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT are set forth below:

       GAME NO. 1
                                                                           R      H            E        LOB
               RAINIERS                102      100     1        -         5      10           1        6
               DELTA HEAT ‘93          001      000     0        -         1      4            1        3
                      Flynn (W, 7-9) and Stanley.
                      2B      -        Cunningham (5)
                      3B      -        Cunningham (5)
                      RBI     -        Cunningham 2 (20)*, Davis (14), Slater (3)
                      SB      -        Giberson-Chen (17), Davis (9), Stanley (3)
                      ATT     -        34
                              * - denotes game-winning RBI.

       GAME NO. 2
                                                                          R         H        E         LOB
               RAINIERS                 202      301       3      -       11        14       3         2
               DUSTERS RED              000      020       0      -       2         9        7         8
                      Slater (W, 9-1) and Stanley.
                      2B       -        Wolff (8), Flynn (4)
                      3B       -        Cunningham (6), Davis (3)
                      RBI      -        Cunningham 2 (22), Davis 2 (16), Wolff 2 (13), Stanley 2 (6)*, Flynn (19), Slater (4)
                      SB       -        Giberson-Chen (18), Cunningham (10)
                      ATT      -        39
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.

       GAME NO. 3
                                                                             R        H        E        LOB
               RAINIERS               000       100        0        -        1        5        1        4
               OREGON BLAZE           201       000        x        -        3        4        0        4
                      Cunningham (L, 8-4) and Stanley.
                      2B      -       Feist (7)
                      RBI     -       Stanley (7)
                      ATT     -       40

       GAME NO. 4 (Semifinal)
                                                                            R         H        E        LOB
               OREGON BLAZE             010       201   3        -          7         8        0        4
               RAINIERS                 001       000   2        -          3         6        3        4
                      Flynn (L, 7-10) and Poole.
                      2B       -        Feist (8)
                      RBI      -        Cunningham (23), Davis (17), Streit (10)
                      SB       -        Cunningham 2 (12)
                      ATT      -        48

        In the RICHDALE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT, the offense was powered by EMILLY CUNNINGHAM, who bat-
ted .538 and boasted a .923 slugging percentage. AL’ASIA DAVIS also had a fun tournament at the plate, bat-
ting .444 and recording a .778 slugging percentage.

         The RAINIERS then traveled to Spokane for the PACIFIC
NORTHWEST REGIONAL NATIONAL QUALIFIER. Four berths to Nationals
were available at this tournament. The tournament was set up as a
straight double-elimination event. The RAINIERS began the tournament
on Friday, June 20, 2008, with a game under the lights at Franklin Park,
against the BEAVERTON BLAZE KELLAR (Beaverton, OR). The BLAZE dealt
a hard blow to the RAINIERS’ chances of qualifying for Nationals with a
7-1 victory in a game that was a lot closer than the score indicated. The
defeat, however, dropped the RAINIERS into the losers’ bracket and, to
win the tournament, they faced the daunting task of winning ten games in
a row against teams that were, for the most part, their equals.

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         Despite the hard road which lay ahead of them, the girls began Saturday (June 21) play in high spirits and
with high hopes. They came out of the box with panache, offensively and defensively, and run-ruled the
NORTHWEST WILDFIRE (Rathdrum, ID) by the score of 9-0. EMILLY CUNNINGHAM allowed only two hits and struck
out ten in five innings of work. Next, they dispatched the SPIRIT (Richland, WA), 11-4, with JANESSA FLYNN gaining
credit for the win in relief of EMILLY. This win then paired the girls with the always tough IDAHO GOLDEN GOLVES
(Meridian, ID). The RAINIERS used their vaunted little-ball game to great advantage in the first two innings to jump
out to an early 5-0 lead en route to an 8-1 victory. JANESSA FLYNN went all the way in the circle, scattering five
hits. With no break, the RAINIERS then took on and defeated XTREME ’93 (Redmond, WA), a team that they had
not beaten since their first year of 12-U ball, by the score of 6-3. EMILLY CUNNIGHAM pitched the complete-game
victory. The exhausted RAINIERS then faced the OREGON BLAZE and managed only two hits in going down in the
late hours, 3-0. They hit a lot of shots on offense in this game, but the steady BLAZE defense made all of the plays
and kept the RAINIERS off of the scoreboard. Altogether, Saturday was, though, a stirring effort by the girls, who
really came together in one “loser-out” situation after another, making only four errors all day in the field and, for the
most part, executing their bunting and running games with precision.

        The line scores for the six games of SPOKANE are set forth below:

        GAME NO. 1
                                                                             R           H        E       LOB
                BLAZE (Kellar)            104     002      0         -       7           10       3       6
                RAINIERS                  000     001      0         -       1           6        3       5
                        Flynn (L, 7-11), Cunningham (7) and Feist.
                        ATT      -        44

        GAME NO. 2
                                                                            R            H        E       LOB
                RAINIERS                120       24                -       9            11       1       4
                N.W. WILDFIRE           000       00                -       0            2        4       2
                       Cunningham (W, 9-4) and Poole.
                       2B      -        Flynn (5)
                       3B      -        Davis (4), Magalei (1), Poole (1)
                       RBI     -        Magalei 2 (14), Flynn (20), Davis (18), Streit   (11), Poole (10), Stanley (8)*
                       SB      -        Cunningham (13)
                       ATT     -        48
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                               (Game called after five innings due to mercy rule)


        GAME NO. 3
                                                                            R       H        E        LOB
                RAINIERS               610       103      0         -       11      13       2        4
                SPIRIT                 001       300      0         -       4       8        5        10
                       Cunningham, Flynn (4) (W, 8-11) and Stanley.
                       2B      -       Feist (8), Flynn (6), Giberson-Chen (2)
                       3B      -       Davis (5), Poole (2)
                       RBI     -       Poole 2 (12), Giberson-Chen 2 (3), Feist (24) Flynn (21), Magalei (15)
                       ATT     -       40



        GAME NO. 4
                                                                            R            H        E       LOB
                RAINIERS                230       000      3        -       8            12       1       6
                GOLDEN GLOVES 0 0 0     010       0        -        1       5            5        5
                       Flynn (W, 9-11) and Poole.
                       2B      -        Davis (8), Poole (5)
                       RBI     -        Poole 2 (14), Feist (25)*, Cunningham (23),      Flynn (22)
                       SB      -        Flynn (7), Feist (2)
                       ATT     -        51
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.


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        GAME NO. 5
                                                                             R       H         E       LOB
                RAINIERS                003      021      0         -        6       9         0       4
                XTREME ’93              100      011      0         -        3       6         1       4
                       Cunningham (W, 10-4) and Poole.
                       RBI     -        Flynn 3 (25)*, Feist (26), Giberson-Chen (4)
                       SB      -        Giberson-Chen (19), Fox (12), Davis (10)
                       ATT     -        44
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.

        GAME NO. 6 (Loser Out)
                                                                           R        H          E       LOB
                RAINIERS                 000      000      0         -     0        2          0       2
                OREGON BLAZE             200      001      x         -     3        5          0       3
                       Flynn (L, 9-12) and Feist.
                       ATT      -        47




                                                   Infield Meeting

        As it turned out, the RAINIERS fell one game short of earning a qualifying berth for Nationals. The late-night
Saturday loss to the OREGON BLAZE proved fatal to their goal of reaching the pinnacle of 14-U fastpitch. Set forth
below is the Final Order of Finish for the PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGIONAL QUALIFIER:

        POS     TEAM                                                       FROM                        WON        LOST
        1       TRI CITY HEAT (Did not accept berth)                       Kennewick, WA               5          0
        2       BEAVERTON BLAZE Bowman (Advancing to Midland)              Beaverton, OR               5          2
        3       EXPLOSION (Advancing to Midland)                           Wenatchee, WA               5          2
        4       BEAVERTON BLAZE Kellar (Advancing to Midland)              Aloha, WA                   4          2
        5       WASHINGTON KHAOS (Advancing to Midland)                    La Center, WA               6          2
        5       OREGON BLAZE                                               Tualatin, OR                5          2
        7       SEATTLE RAINIERS                                           Renton, WA                  4          2
        7       NORTHWEST LADY SHARKS Faist                                Kirkland, WA                2          2
        9       NORTHWEST LADY SHARKS Swan                                 Kirkland, WA                3          2
        9       XTREME ’93                                                 Sammamish, WA               2          2
        9       OREGON PANTHERS                                            Salem, OR                   2          2
        9       SHERWOOD FIREBALLS                                         Sherwood, OR                1          2
        13      CDA CRUSH                                                  Coeur d’Alene, ID           2          2
        13      IDAHO GOLDEN GLOVES                                        Meridian, ID                2          2
        13      SCORPIONS                                                  Salem, OR                   1          3
        13      WRECKING CREW                                              Battleground, WA            0          3
        17      SIDEWINDERS                                                Snohomish, WA               1          2
        17      SPIRIT 14 “A”                                              Richland, WA                0          3
        17      WASHINGTON PHOENIX                                         Federal Way, WA             0          3
        17      NW WILDFIRE                                                Rathdrum, ID                0          3
        17      MONTANA BANDITS                                            Missoula, MT                0          3
        17      SPOKANE STORM                                              Spokane, WA                 0          3

        The RAINIERS’ offense at the QUALIFIER was paced by AL’ASIA DAVIS, SHELBY POOLE and KARISA STREIT,
with batting averages of .563, .538 and .500, respectively. SHELBY also had a .923 slugging percentage, whilst
AL’ASIA posted a .875 slugging percentage. JANESSA FLYNN had six runs batted in to lead the team in that
department for the weekend.

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        The RAINIERS still had three more local tournaments to round out the season. They could have played like it
was September and they were out of the pennant race. They did not, though, play with indifference. In fact, they
played as well as they have all season, perhaps better. They reached the championship game in all three of those
tournaments, winning the last event of the season, to end the campaign on a solid and winning note. They started
the post-qualifier phase of the season by returning to 16-U competition in the ASA JUNE FINAL at Riverview Playfield
in West Seattle, WA. They defeated the NANAIMO BREAKERS (Nanaimo, B.C.), 11-1 in the Saturday tournament
opener to remain undefeated against Canadian teams. Then they beat the NORTHWEST LADY SHARKS (Teal) by the
score of 8-1. In the last game of the day, they faced the scrappy WASHINGTON SIDEWINDERS. The RAINIERS won
this game, too, by a 7-3 count to earn the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye on Sunday.

         Sunday dawned hot and sunny, the kind of day which would make one want to sing “Centerfield.” The No. 1
position seeded the girls directly into the tournament semifinals. In that semifinal, they were paired against the
hometown 16-U WEST SEATTLE THUNDER, (West Seattle, WA), a team consisting mostly of juniors-to-be and
seniors-to-be. They jumped to an early lead, employing their “little ball” game to great advantage. In the event,
they advanced to the championship game with an 11-2 victory over their older and more experienced opponents.
JANESSA FLYNN pitched the first six innings, allowing but a single base runner and striking out ten THUNDER hitters.
In the final, they were paired with the DIAMOND DUSTERS WHITE (Port Orchard, WA). In this game, the RAINIERS
took an early 1-0 lead, only to see the DUSTERS come back to tie the game and then take the lead themselves. The
girls gamely battled back, but could not close the gap, ultimately falling, 5-3, and leaving them with their fourth sec-
ond-place trophy of the year, three of them “earned” in 16-U tournaments.

        The line scores for the ASA JUNE FINAL are set forth below:

        GAME NO. 1
                                                                             R         H       E           LOB
                RAINIERS                 021       8               -         11        11      0           3
                BREAKERS                 000       1               -         1         3       7           1
                       Flynn (W, 10-12), and Feist.
                       2B      -         Flynn (7)
                       RBI     -         Cunningham 3 (27), Feist (27), Poole (15), Wolff (14)*
                       SB      -         Giberson-Chen 2 (21), Cunningham (13, Slater (4)
                       ATT     -         39
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                               (Game called after four innings due to 1:20 time limit)


        GAME NO. 2
                                                                             R         H    E        LOB
                RAINIERS                140      3                 -         8         9    0        6
                SHARKS (Teal)           000      1                 -         1         4    7        4
                       Cunningham (W, 11-4) and Poole.
                       2B      -        Davis (9), Poole (6)
                       RBI     -        Davis 2 (20), Cunningham (28), Poole (16)*, Giberson-Chen (5)
                       SB      -        Cunningham (14)
                       ATT     -        42
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                               (Game called after four innings due to 1:20 time limit)

        GAME NO. 3
                                                                              R         H        E         LOB
                RAINIERS                 204      10                 -        7         10       3         4
                SIDEWINDERS              021      00                 -        3         4        1         5
                       Flynn (W, 11-12), Cunningham (5, SV 2) and Feist, Poole (5).
                       2B      -         Davis (10)*, Cunningham (6)
                       3B      -         Cunningham (7), Davis (6)
                       RBI     -         Davis 2 (22), Wolff 2 (16), Feist (28), Giberson-Chen   (6)
                       ATT     -         45
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                               (Game called after four innings due to 1:20 time limit)

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        GAME NO. 4 (Semi-final)
                                                                              R         H    E       LOB
                RAINIERS                 041      001       5        -        11        11   1       4
                THUNDER                  000      000       2        -        2         3    6       2
                       Flynn (W, 12-12), Cunningham (7) and Poole.
                       2B      -         Cunningham (7), Poole (7)
                       3B      -         Cunningham (8), Poole (3)
                       RBI     -         Feist (29), Flynn (26), Poole (17), Wolff (17)
                       SB      -         Giberson-Chen (22)
                       SF      -         Flynn (2), Poole (1), Wolff (1)
                       ATT     -         47

        GAME NO. 5 (Championship Game)
                                                                             R         H     E       LOB
                DUSTERS (White)        001       301      0        -         5         10    3       9
                RAINIERS               010       110      0        -         3         7     2       5
                       Cunningham (L, 11-5), Flynn (4) and Poole, Feist (5).
                       2B       -      Wolff (9), Slater (2)
                       3B       -      Davis (7)
                       RBI      -      Davis (23), Wolff (18)
                       SB       -      Giberson-Chen (23), Cunningham (15)
                       ATT      -      42

        The RAINIERS then took the Fourth of July weekend off. They played next in the ASA JULY OPENER on July
12-13, 2008, at Marymoor Park, in Redmond, WA. The girls went 2-1-0 in Saturday pool play. In the first game of
the day, they defeated the DIAMOND DUSTERS RED (Port Orchard, WA), 7-1. Then, they blanked an overmatched
SEATTLE SPICE 14-U squad, 12-0, behind the one-hit pitching of EMILLY CUNNINGHAM. In the last of the three
Saturday games, they fell to the 16-U DOUBLE Js (Spanaway, WA), 5-1.

          On Sunday, the RAINIERS battled through heat, injury and fatigue and wound up taking another second-
place trophy, their fifth of the 2007-08 season. In the first game of the Sunday single-elimination championship
round, the RAINIERS were paired with the 16-U AVALANCHE (Federal Way, WA). They pounded out fourteen hits in
just five innings to run-rule their older opponents, 9-0. JANESSA FLYNN went all the way in the circle for the
RAINIERS to secure her fourteenth win of the year. CAREW GIBERSON-CHEN (Issaquah, WA) led the attack from
the lead-off position with two singles and a double in her three trips to the plate. This victory moved the RAINIERS
into the quarterfinals against the 16-U WEST SEATTLE THUNDER (West Seattle, WA). The THUNDER, for this
tournament, had bolstered their roster with a pitcher from another team, hoping to be more competitive than in
previous games with the RAINIERS. The girls were, however, up to the challenge and
defeated the THUNDER 3-0, on ten hits. EMILLY CUNNINGHAM pitched perhaps her
finest game of the season, allowing only one THUNDER hitter to reach base and that
on a second-inning walk. She thus posted the RAINIERS’ first no-hitter of the year.
KAYSHA FOX, JANESSA FLYNN and KEANA MAGALEI each had two hits to pace the
offense. In the semi-finals, the girls dispatched the MAYHEM (Bonney Lake, WA), 7-2.
JANESSA FLYNN started this game in the circle, but yielded to EMILLY CUNNINGHAM
in the second due to injury. EMILLY allowed only five hits to run her season record to
13-7. JANESSA, while not pitching, nonetheless went three-for-three at the plate in
this game. CARSEN STANLEY, SHELBY POOLE and KAYSHA FOX each had two runs
batted in. The RAINIERS then faced their nemesis, the DIAMOND DUSTERS WHITE, in
the championship game. They were forced to go with ERIN SLATER on the rubber as
both JANESSA FLYNN and EMILLY CUNNINGHAM were unable to throw. ERIN hadn’t
pitched in a month and the rust showed. The DUSTERS jumped on her for three runs
in a first inning that, in retrospect, can only be described as weird. The RAINIERS
battled throughout, but ultimately fell, 8-3. This marked the third time this season
that the RAINIERS had met the DUSTERS in the championship game of a 16-U
tournament. The loss dropped ERIN’s record to 9-2 and the girls were once again
bridesmaids.                                                                                 Al’asia Making Her Move


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    The line scores for the JULY OPENER are set forth below:

    GAME NO. 1
                                                                          R         H        E          LOB
            RAINIERS                 201      004                -        7         10       1          9
            DUSTERS (Red)            100      000                -        1         5        3          6
                   Flynn (W, 13-12), Cunningham (5, SV 2) and Feist, Stanley (5).
                   RBI     -         Feist (30), Flynn (27), Davis (24), Wolff (19), Poole (18)*, Fox   (8), Slater (5)
                   SB      -         Cunningham (16), Magalei (8)
                   DP      -         Flynn-Magalei; Stanley-Magalei
                   ATT     -         29
                           * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                           (Game called after six innings due to 1:20 time limit)

    GAME NO. 2
                                                                        R           H        E          LOB
            RAINIERS                052      5                 -        12          12       0          3
            SPICE                   000      0                 -        0           1        4          1
                   Cunningham (W, 12-5) and Poole.
                   RBI     -        Giberson-Chen 2 (8), Flynn (28), Davis (25),   Wolff (20), Streit (12), Fox (9),
                                    Stanley (9)*, Slater (6)
                   SB      -        Giberson-Chen (23), Fox (13)
                   ATT     -        31
                           * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                           (Game called after four innings due to mercy rule)

    GAME NO. 3
                                                                          R        H         E          LOB
            RAINIERS               100       0                 -          1        5         2          6
            DOUBLE Js              005       0                 -          5        6         0          6
                   Cunningham (L, 12-6), Flynn (3), and Poole, Feist (3).
                   RBI     -       Wolff (21)
                   SB      -       Fox (14)
                   SF      -       Wolff (2)
                   ATT     -       35
                           (Game called after four innings due to 1:20 time limit)

    GAME NO. 4 (First Round)
                                                                          R        H         E          LOB
            AVALANCHE                000       00                -        0        2         1          4
            RAINIERS                 304       02                -        9        14        3          8
                   Flynn (W, 14-12), and Stanley.
                   2B      -         Giberson-Chen (3)
                   3B      -         Wolff (1)
                   RBI     -         Wolff 3 (24), Fox 2 (11), Stanley 2 (11), Cunningham   (30), Flynn (29)*
                   SB      -         Fox (15), Magalei (9)
                   SF      -         Flynn (3)
                   ATT     -         33
                           * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                           (Game called after five innings due to 1:20 time limit)

    GAME NO. 5 (Quarterfinal)
                                                                         R        H          E          LOB
            THUNDER                 000      000                -        0        0          0          0
            RAINIERS                100      011                -        3        10         0          6
                   Cunningham (W, 13-6) and Poole.
                   2B      -        Davis (11), Poole (8)
                   RBI     -        Flynn (30)*, Magalei (16), Streit (13)
                   ATT     -        30
                           * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                           (Game called after six innings due to 1:30 time limit)


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       GAME NO. 6 (Semifinal)
                                                                             R        H         E        LOB
                RAINIERS                034       000               -        7        12        3        5
                MAYHEM                  001       100               -        2        5         2        9
                       Cunningham (W, 14-6) and Stanley.
                       RBI     -        Poole 2 (20)*, Fox 2 (13), Stanley 2 (13), Feist (31)
                       SB      -        Streit (14), Poole (8)
                       ATT     -        32
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                               (Game called after six innings due to 1:30 time limit)


       GAME NO. 7 (Championship)
                                                                             R        H         E        LOB
                DUSTERS (White)           302       010     2       -        8        12        5        10
                RAINIERS                  000       002     1       -        3        4         2        6
                       Slater (L, 9-2) and Feist.
                       RBI       -        Wolff (25)
                       SB        -        Feist (3)
                       ATT       -        41

                                             The RAINIERS finished the season the next weekend by playing in the
                                    16-U division of the WASHINGTON GAMES at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle,
                                    WA. In that tournament, they went 2-0 in pool play, defeating the WASHINGTON
                                    PHOENIX (Federal Way, WA), 9-2, - - behind the four-hit pitching of EMILLY
                                    CUNNINGHAM - - and the DIAMOND DUSTERS RED, 6-1. JANESSA FLYNN
                                    scattered four hits in this latter game to get credit for the win and EMILLY
                                    CUNNINGHAM powered the attack with two triples and three runs batted in. The
                                    RAINIERS then proceeded to the double-elimination championship phase of the
                                    tournament that afternoon where they again faced the WASHINGTON PHOENIX.
                                    In this contest, they jumped to early leads of 2-0 and 4-1 only to have the
                                    PHOENIX come back and knot the score at 4-4, knocking starting pitcher EMILLY
                                    CUNNINGHAM out of the box in the process. The RAINIERS, however, exploded
                                    for four runs in the top of the sixth to win the game, 8-4. JANESSA FLYNN was
                                    the winning pitcher in relief. AL’ASIA DAVIS was the offensive star, drilling back-
                                    to-back home runs to centerfield in the fourth and the sixth inning (to become
                                    the first player in RAINIERS’ history to homer in consecutive at-bats!).
   Emilly and Janessa High-Five           The RAINIERS then ended their 14-U lives by winning the gold medal on
                                  Sunday with two victories, 5-0 and 9-0, over the ACERS GREEN (Auburn, WA).
EMILLY CUNNINGHAM was the winning pitcher in the first game, whilst JANESSA FLYNN, allowing only one hit and
two base runners, got credit for the victory in the second contest. These wins, as mentioned above, ran the
RAINIERS’ season record to 42-20-2, achieved largely against 16-U competition.

       The line scores for the WASHINGTON GAMES are set forth below:

       GAME NO. 1
                                                                             R         H     E           LOB
                RAINIERS                401       13                -        9         13    0           5
                PHOENIX                 002       00                -        2         4     2           3
                       Cunningham (W, 15-6) and Stanley.
                       3B      -        Cunningham (9)
                       RBI     -        Fox 2 (15), Cunningham (31), Flynn (31)*, Davis (25)
                       SB      -        Fox 2 (17), Poole (9), Wolff (2)
                       DP      -        Feist-Flynn-Stanley
                       ATT     -        47
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                               (Game called after five innings due to 1:20 time limit)


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        GAME NO. 2
                                                                             R        H        E          LOB
                RAINIERS                201       120               -        6        11       0          8
                DUSTERS (Red)           000       001               -        1        4        3          4
                       Flynn (W, 15-12) and Feist.
                       3B      -        Cunningham 2 (11)
                       RBI     -        Cunningham 3 (34)*, Flynn (32), Streit (12), Slater (7)
                       SB      -        Giberson-Chen (24), Fox (18), Streit (15), Poole (10)
                       DP      -        Giberson-Chen - Slater
                       ATT     -        48
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                               (Game called after six innings due to 1:20 time limit)

        GAME NO. 3
                                                                            R         H       E         LOB
                RAINIERS                 200       204             -        8         8       2         2
                PHOENIX                  001       300             -        4         9       2         5
                       Cunningham, Flynn (4) (W, 16-12), and Poole.
                       2B      -         Stanley (3)
                       3B      -         Wolff (2)
                       HR      -         Davis 2 (3)
                       RBI     -         Davis 3 (28), Cunningham (35), Wolff (26), Magalei (17), Stanley (14)
                       ATT     -         52
                               (Game called after six innings due to 1:20 time limit; proceeded to international tie-breaker in
                               sixth inning)

        GAME NO. 4 (Winners’-bracket final)
                                                                             R        H          E        LOB
                RAINIERS                040      010                -        5        7          1        6
                ACERS                   000      000                -        0        8          2        9
                       Cunningham (W, 16-6), Flynn (6) and Poole.
                       RBI     -        Feist (32), Poole (21)*, Streit (13)
                       SB      -        Wolff 2 (4)
                       DP      -        Magalei - Slater
                       ATT     -        51
                               * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                               (Game called after six innings due to 1:20 time limit)

        GAME NO. 5 (Championship)
                                                                                R       H        E        LOB
                RAINIERS                   032      04                 -        9       11       1        3
                ACERS                      000      00                 -        0       1        0        2
                       Flynn (W, 17-12)   and Feist.
                       2B      -           Flynn (8), Magalei (6)
                       RBI     -           Stanley 2 (16), Magalei 2 (19), Cunningham   (36), Feist (33), Davis (29), Poole (22)*,
                                           Giberson-Chen (9)
                         SB       -        Giberson-Chen (25)
                         SF       -        Poole (2)
                         ATT      -        50
                                  * - denotes game-winning RBI.
                                  (Game called after five innings due to run rule)


        Fastpitch is a team game but, like baseball, it is a game which produces, by its
nature, a veritable cornucopia of individual statistics. I would, therefore, be remiss if I
did not offer at least a passing summary of the individual leaders in various categories.
At the risk of appearing dry, I will simply list the top performer(s) in each category
without comment.

                                                                                                 Carew Slaps One Down Third


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                PLATE APPEARANCES     Emilly Cunningham (179)
          E                           Janessa Flynn (173)                                K
          M                           Hannah Feist (170)                                 E
          I     RUNS                  Carew Giberson-Chen (50)                           A
          L                           Al’asia Davis (44)                                 N
          L                           Karisa Streit (38)                                 A
          Y
                HITS                  Emilly Cunningham (67)
                                      Janessa Flynn (62)
                                      Al’asia Davis (54)
                DOUBLES               Al’asia Davis (11)
                                      Hannah Feist and Joshilynn Wolff (9)
    A           TRIPLES               Emilly Cunningham (10)                                         S
     L                                Al’asia Davis (6)                                              H
    ‘A                                Shelby Poole (3)                                               E
     S                                                                                               L
                HOME RUNS             Al’asia Davis (3)
     I                                Hannah Feist (2)
                                                                                                     B
    A                                                                                                Y
                RUNS BATTED IN        Emilly Cunningham (35)
                                      Hannah Feist and Janessa Flynn (32)
                BASES ON BALLS        Carew Giberson-Chen (18)
                                      Karisa Streit (15)
          H                           Al’asia Davis (12)
          A     STOLEN BASES          Carew Giberson-Chen (26)                            E
          N                           Kaysha Fox (18)                                     R
          N                           Emilly Cunningham and Karisa Streit (15)            I
          A                                                                               N
                HIT BY PITCH          Emilly Cunningham; Shelby Poole
          H                           and Carsen Stanley (4)

                SACRIFICE HITS        Karisa Streit (8)
                                      Hannah Feist and Erin Slater (7)

                SACRIFICE FLIES       Hannah Feist; Janessa Flynn and
     J
                                      Joshilynn Wolff (3)
     A                                                                                               C
     N          BATTING AVERAGE       Emilly Cunningham (.406)                                       A
     E                                Janessa Flynn (.378)                                           R
     S                                Al’asia Davis (.370)                                           S
     S          ON-BASE PERCENTAGE    Emilly Cunningham (.443)
                                                                                                     E
     A                                Al’asia Davis (.429)                                           N
                                      Janessa Flynn and Carew Giberson-Chen
                                      (.410)
                SLUGGING PERCENTAGE   Al’asia Davis (.589)
                                      Emilly Cunningham (.570)
          K                           Janessa Flynn (.439)                               K
          A     EARNED-RUN AVERAGE    Janessa Flynn (2.25)                               A
          Y                                                                              R
          S     WINNING PERCENTAGE    Erin Slater (.818)
                                                                                         I
          H                                                                              S
          A     VICTORIES             Janessa Flynn (17)                                 A

                STRIKEOUTS            Janessa Flynn (151)

                INNINGS PITCHED       Janessa Flynn (171)
                                                                                                     J
     C          FIRST-PITCH STRIKES   Erin Slater (.675)                                             O
     A                                                                                               S
                APPEARANCES           Janessa Flynn (35)                                             H
     R
     E          STARTS                Emilly Cunningham and Janessa Flynn (27)                       I
     W                                                                                               L
                SAVES                 Emilly Cunningham (2)                                          Y
                                                                                                     N
                                                                                                     N

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         In conclusion (at least from my humble point of view), I want to express my personal regard and
appreciation to the RAINIERS’ coaches, JOSH WOLFF, ROLAND DAVIS and BILL POOLE for their tremendous level of
commitment and willingness to go the extra mile to challenge and develop the players into tough, smart, confident
and resilient athletes. I enjoyed the comeback season and I am looking forward to at least three more years of
fastpitch with this fine group of ladies (and parents, too!). I remain convinced that the girls are going to continue to
get better and better and I can hardly wait for the 2009 season to begin.




                                             Players Douse Coach Josh Wolff
                                      (Coaches Davis (Left) and Poole (Right) Laughing)


         Speaking of next season, try outs for the RAINIERS’ first 16-U team will take place at 6:00 p.m. on August
13, 2008, at RAINIER BEACH HIGH SCHOOL in Seattle, WA. Directions to RAINIER BEACH can be found on the
RAINIERS’ website, www.rainiersoftball.com. If you cannot make tryouts, please call Coach Wolff to arrange for a
private tryout. His telephone numbers are (425) 572-6696 and (206) 403-7954.

       I would like, finally, to take this opportunity to thank all of you (again) for the tremendous support, financial
and otherwise, which the girls have received this year from their sponsors and boosters. Remember, every single
penny helps, and has helped!

                                              Good Luck to the
                                    Rainiers 16-U Girls’ Fastpitch Team
                                                  for the
                                              2008-09 season!




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