Flame scorches competition en route to second-place finish at state
July 7, 2009
The Issaquah Flame under-10 fastpitch team showed a lot of offense when it recently finished second in the National Softball Association state tournament’s B Division.
The Flame, scoring more than 10 runs four times, compiled a 5-2 record in the tournament.
After finishing 2-0 in pool play with victories against the Sidewinders (16-15) and Rage (14-13), the Flame lost to eventual A division champion Everett Express 8-0. With the loss, the Flame went into Class B bracket play.
In the B tournament, the Flame opened with a 10-9 victory against the Sidewinders. Lexi Bennett had two hits, scored two runs and stole two bases for the Flame. Maddie Lyles had two hits and scored the winning run, and Mariah VanHalm stole five bases.In the second game, The Flame cruised by the Rages 12-0 in a game called after three innings because of the tournament’s mercy rule. Erika Sanidad had two hits and drove in three runs to lead the Flame. Makinzi Sanders stole three bases.
In the semifinals, the Flame walloped the Moses Lake Rattlers 11-1 in a four-inning game. Sydney Schultz was 3-for-3, including two doubles, and three runs batted in. Schultz also scored three times. Abi Kirsten contributed two hits, two RBIs and four stolen bases. Winning pitcher Madelyn Shelby tossed a one-hitter and struck out seven batters.
With the semifinal victory, the Flame entered the championship round. However, the team needed two victories against the undefeated Snohomish Shock to win the title. The Shock ended the Flame’s title hopes with a 14-13 come-from-behind victory.
The Flame fell behind in the second inning, giving up seven runs, but fought back to take an 11-9 lead. The Shock rallied in the sixth inning to win the game. Schultz had three hits to lead the Flame while Kirsten and Kristen Oyster each had two hits.
The Flame consisted of Kara Link, Schultz, Kirsten, Sanidad, Oyster, Shelby, Sienna Otley, Samantha Spigel, Lyles, Bennett, Sanders and VanHalm.