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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 P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 2 of 13 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 P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 3 of 13 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. P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 4 of 13 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. P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 5 of 13 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. P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 6 of 13 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. P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 7 of 13 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) P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 8 of 13 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 P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 9 of 13 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) P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 10 of 13 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) P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 11 of 13 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 P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 12 of 13 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 P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003 July 2008 R A I N I E R S FA S T P I T C H Newsletter Page 13 of 13 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! P.O. BOX 23148, FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003
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