By John Larson – firstname.lastname@example.org
The best fastpitch players at the 2A level in the South Sound gathered at Foss High School on May 28 for the South Puget Sound League All-Star Game. Representatives of every 2A school in the league, all first-team selections, were invited to participate.
The inaugural game took place at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey in 2017. Curtis High School in University Place played host last year. Jeffrey Ptolemy, the head fastpitch coach at Foss, noted the school has a new field that opened on April 1, complete with new green turf on the outfield and brown turf on the infield. Foss was chosen to host this year’s game in order to showcase the new field.
The players were split into Team Mountain and Team Sound. Local players on Team Mountain were Katy Cook from Franklin Pierce, Cameron Ours, Danna Ishimura and Kayleigh Wagner from Fife and Izabella Gonzalez-Saunders from Foss. Local players on Team Sound were Gracie Higgens from Franklin Pierce, Mua Palaita from Washington, Naomi Sparks, Blanca Vielma and Aasiyah Griffin from Foss, and Emma Fualaau, Lexi Wicks and Gwen Hagen from Fife.
Hagen was the starting pitcher for Team Sound, while Hayley Olsen of Eatonville, the league champion, started for Team Mountain.
Team Mountain threatened to score in the second inning. Olsen, of Eatonville, hit a double and advanced a baserunner to third base. With two outs, the next batter made contact, but was thrown out at first.
Team Sound scored in the bottom of the second when Lia Evans of Lindbergh hit a ball to right field. The throw to first base was not caught, allowing a baserunner to score to make it 1-0.
Evans took over pitching duties for Team Sound in the third inning. Her team scored two runs in the inning to increase their lead to 3-0.
Gonzalez-Saunders went in to pitch in the top of the fourth inning for Team Mountain. Her team scored a run in the fifth inning to make the score 3-1.
Team Sound scored again in the sixth when Cook made contact with the ball and ran toward first base. The throw to first was wild, allowing Cook to advance to second and moving Hannah Pires of Steilacoom to third. Pires scored on the next play to make it 4-1. Mary Chabot of Eatonville launched a home run over the right field fence to make the final score 7-1.