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Mercer Island Thunder places second at tourney
The Mercer Island Thunder, a part of the Island travel teams created in 2006, placed second out of 10 teams in the Lynden Summer Kickoff Tournament. After coming out on top of their five-team pool, The Thunder faced a very tough team from White Rock Canada coached by former major league players. The Thunder led 2-0 after three innings due to the dominating pitching effort of Zach Rothenberg. In the end, White Rock team prevailed 7-3. For the tournament, the Thunder was led in hitting by Ryan Perkinson, Josh Hartmann, Sam Eggers and Ben Furukawa and the pitching of Jack Allenbaugh, Zach Rothenberg, Ryan Perkinson, Michael Schaloum and Daniel Sims.
The Thunder is comprised of all Mercer Island kids in the fifth and sixth grades.
Eight-and-under Thunder participate in tourney
The 8-and-under MI Thunder team, under the direction of Glen Christofferson, John Ramseyer, and Tom Koning, participated in The West Seattle Hardball Classic over Father’s Day weekend. Despite having played together for only two weeks, the team won games over the West Seattle Dodgers, NSBA Nationals, MTYAA Thunder, MTYAA Storm, and West Seattle All-Stars on its way to the championship game where it came up just shy against the NSBA Americans (12-13).
Mudville SP Wins Gold and Silver
Mudville SP won Gold and Silver trophies respectively in rain-shortened baseball tournaments each of the past two weekends, June 15 through 17 and June 23 and 24. In the Maltby Invitational, SP was the leading undefeated team after two days of play before rain washed out Sunday's final, and was awarded first place. In Spanaway in the BPA Washington State Championship, SP was playing in the semi-finals when rain halted the tournament, with SP earning the silver trophy. Mudville SP has been in six tournaments thus far this year in Arizona and throughout Western Washington, taking home trophies in all six, with three first-place finishes, a second, and two third-places. The team of mostly Mercer Island 12-year-olds will be playing in the week-long “Hall of Fame Invitational” in Cooperstown, New York July 14 through 20, where 96 of the best teams from across the nation have been selected to compete in one of youth baseball's most storied tournaments.
Dodgers first in tourney
After a successful regular season, the Dodgers earned a first-round bye in the MI National League Rookies tournament. The one-day tournament was held on June 16 at the South Mercer Playfields. The Dodgers fell behind early in the semifinal game against the Giants, but rallied during the fourth inning to take the lead and finished the Giants off 11-6 in five innings. Mitchell Meade made a huge catch in center field to stop a bases loaded rally in the second inning, and David Sims and Spencer Fuhr each went 3 for 3 in the win. In the championship game against the Cubs, the Dodgers scored all five runs in the first inning and held on to win 5-4. Alex Furukawa pitched the final inning and struck out the final batter with two runners on base to seal the victory.
The Dodger team (consisting of 7, 8, and 9 year olds), was one of the tournament favorites. For the tournament, the Dodgers batted .638 with 30 hits, and all of the boys contributed to the winning effort.