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MI/Bellevue softball play for state title tonight

A combined majors (11-12 year-olds) Mercer Island/Bellevue softball team from the Thunderbird Little League defends their state title by winning the District Nine pennant on July 16. Top to bottom, left to right: (Manager) Pat McCarthy, Sydney Tomlinson, India Gants, Maggie Pana, Sarah Yamaura, Kaitlin Sahlinger, Brooke Baumgartner, Megan Page, Sydney Hopper, (Coach) Leslie Harris, (bottom row) Claire McCarthy, Kathryn Wood and Julia Blumenstein. - Photo contributed by Pat Yamaura
A combined majors (11-12 year-olds) Mercer Island/Bellevue softball team from the Thunderbird Little League defends their state title by winning the District Nine pennant on July 16. Top to bottom, left to right: (Manager) Pat McCarthy, Sydney Tomlinson, India Gants, Maggie Pana, Sarah Yamaura, Kaitlin Sahlinger, Brooke Baumgartner, Megan Page, Sydney Hopper, (Coach) Leslie Harris, (bottom row) Claire McCarthy, Kathryn Wood and Julia Blumenstein.
— image credit: Photo contributed by Pat Yamaura

A combined Mercer Island/Bellevue All-Stars softball team of 11- and 12-year-olds reached the state tournament final this week after taking the District Nine title on Thursday, July 16.

The Thunderbird Little League team is attempting to defend its state title this week at La Center Community Park (near Vancouver, Wash.), notching wins against Sedro Wooley, 10-5, and Stilly Valley, 8-7 last weekend.

A state semi-final game on Tuesday night against Bainbridge Island (which occurred after the Reporter’s print deadline), The T-Birds were victorious by a 8-0 score.

The Mercer Island/Bellevue team plays a team from North Seattle at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 for the state title.

The team benefitted from the contributions of Islanders Claire McCarthy, Julia Blumenstein, Sarah Yamaura and team manager Pat McCarthy to reach the state play-offs, beating a team from Falls Little League, 12-3, to take the title.

“Stellar defense and pitching kept us in the tournament and won it for us in the end,” Mcarthy said.

Kat Wood pitched six innings in the district final to earn the win. The team allowed only seven runs (0 earned) in five games, while scoring 42. On offense, Clair McCarthy was two-for-four at bats with 3 runs and Brooke Baumgartner hit a triple and two RBI.

The team was forced into the consolation bracket on a 1-0 loss to Falls but rebounded in its rematch to reach the state tournament.

Softball 13/14 All-Stars round-up

A combined Mercer Island/Bellevue juniors (13- and 14-year-olds) softball played three close contests in the District Nine tournament, but lost twice to Sammamish by one run each to end their title hopes.

After losing to them 9-8 in the first round, the Islanders turned it around against a Sno-Valley and Snoqualmie Little League combined team and won with the same score.

But facing Sammamish again on Wednesday, July 15, the numbers were different, the result was not. The game ended with in a 6-5 loss for the juniors.

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