The Eastlake Major Softball All Stars are headed to San Bernadino, Calif. for the regional tournament after capturing the league’s first state title in Major Softball in Auburn.
The team stormed through the District 9 tournament at Everest Park in Kirkland during the final two weeks of June with wins over Bellevue/Mercer Island, Redmond and Bellevue East to earn a spot in the eight-team state tournament.
An 18-10 win over Glenwood got things started before a 14-7 victory over the defending state runner-up from Bainbridge. Eastlake then took a pair of games over Mill Creek, 16-6 and 9-8 in the championship game.
Steve Pollis, the Vice President of Eastlake Little League and manager of the Major All Star team, said the state title is the first in 13 years in softball and the first trip to regionals (Majors is the youngest age group Little League holds regional and World Series tournaments for).
“It’s really, really neat,” he said. “These girls are in for the time of their lives.”
Ten teams will begin pool play before the field is cut to four for the knockout round. Eastlake begins the tournament Friday at 5 p.m. against the state champions from Alaska before facing Montana, Idaho and Oregon.
The regional champion will be part of the Little League World Series in Portland, Ore.
The Eastlake Major All Stars:
Belle deOliveira, Courtney Zaidi, Georgia Robinson, Hannah Butterklee, Josie Charles, Kailey Mohamed, Morgan Olynyk, Natalie Guinasso, Regan Hines, Sophia Robinson, Peyton Wright, Ryan Kurtz, Mackenzie Kurtz, Kaitlyn Recob, Coaches: Steve Pollis, Don Hines, Steve Olynyk