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Young fastpitch team captures district title
Just as the Stilly Valley Dream Team claimed the major girls fastpitch district title, their younger counterparts brought home hardware as well. The 11-year-olds coached by Butch Diemer won three straight games in the district playoffs to capture the championship.
Were obviously a combination of all the girls from a bunch of teams, said Diemer, The nucleus of girls weve got here has gelled well as a team. From tom to bottom, the team is harmonious and works well together.
The championship series against Snohomish culminated in a 10-0 victory by the Stilly girls. They had already defeated Snohomish 8-5 in the tournament in order to reach the finals.
The girls gave 100 percent effort, continued Diemer. We go out and compete, thats our philosophy.
The hard work paid off as the team overcame an early loss in the double elimination tournament on their march to the championship.
I couldnt be prouder of these girls, said Diemer. They all get along really well. Theyve focused themselves on forming a great team. I feel blessed to coach the girls that we have.
The girls now advance to the state tournament.
Meet your district champs
Lyndsay Leatherman: strong batting catcher, solid backstop.
Amy Revelle: quick gloved 2B, big home run in district tournament.
Maddie Holmes: one half of the dynamic Holmes duo, great bunting ability.
Makayla Holmes: second half of twin set outfielders, excellent speed on basepaths
Syvannah Cram: long armed first baseman, digs out errant throws.
Katelynn Kazen: rocket speed, covers lots of ground in the outfield.
Gabrielle Roppo: excellent bunter, fun ballplayer to watch.
Kaylyn Myers: tricky fastball, dropball pitcher.
Kayla Mashburn: control pitcher, clutch hitter at the plate.
Bailey Hoag: complete player, whirling dervish outfielder, proven winner.
Marissa Rapherp: gold glove third baseman, quick reaction time.
Savannah Diemer: catcher/outfielder, smooth handling behind the plate.
Macall McGhee: new team member, will play in State tournament.