As the late, great Yogi Berra would say, “it was deja vu all over again.”
The Woodinville Charge are once again champions.
Ava Clark pitched a complete game 5-hitter and Cayla Harb hit an inside-the-park home run, as the Woodinville Charge defeated Northwest Seattle 9-3. The win gave the Charge their second straight Little League Fastpitch Washington State District 8 championship.
The game was played at the University of Washington Husky Softball Stadium on June 12. District 8 is comprised of twelve different leagues throughout the Seattle and Eastside area.
“We only had three returning players from last years championship team,” Woodinville coach Jason Jobes said. “These girls get wins as a team like no other that I’ve been a part of.” Against Northwest Seattle, Woodinville batters rapped out 11 hits and Clark won the tourney MVP honors for her fine pitching performance.
It’s clear that Jobes holds this year’s squad in high regard. His description almost conjured up images of the 1995 Seattle Mariners and their “Refuse to Lose” slogan.
“Our team has two girls that had never played softball and one player that came over from slow-pitch,” Jobes said. “ This was one of the most special groups of players I’ve ever got to coach. They won so many of their games with late comebacks, including three of their five playoff games.”
The Charge always seemed to rally in the middle innings. A nearly mystical belief would sweep through the team and manifest in supreme confidence.
“They never gave up,” Jobes said. “Everyone believed that our team would find a way to win, even when we were way back. You’d hear the girls in the dugout telling each other that `we got this!’ The momentum on this team started about halfway through the season and kept building. It was always a team effort. The entire lineup had girls who could hit and they always made it so tough on apposing pitchers.”
Woodinville Charge team members include Marie Hendrix, Mia Yracheta, Jaycee Schmoll, Meagan Rautio, Ava Miltenberger, Cayla Harb, Carmen Cooley, Haley Ahlstrom, Leah Landmann, Hayden Jobes, Ava “A.C.” Clark, Bella Corbin and Nina Brandt.
Last year’s team won the championship by beating NE Seattle Titans 10-2.