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Eastside softball team heads to Junior Softball World Series | Sports briefs

The Mercer Island, Bellevue combined team recently won the 13-14 age division, advancing to the Junior Softball World Series. The team includes: (front row) Maddie McKenzi,  Brooke Baumgarnter Taylor Hardy, Kaitlin Sahlinger, Kathryn Wood, Megan Page, India Gants, (back row) Manager Mike Baumgartner, Sydney Tomlinson and Sarah Yamaura, Mackenna Pellerin, Sydney Hopper, Scott Hopper, Claire Mcarthy, Lea Gikas, Margaret Pana and Coach Leslie Harris.  - Contributed photo
The Mercer Island, Bellevue combined team recently won the 13-14 age division, advancing to the Junior Softball World Series. The team includes: (front row) Maddie McKenzi, Brooke Baumgarnter Taylor Hardy, Kaitlin Sahlinger, Kathryn Wood, Megan Page, India Gants, (back row) Manager Mike Baumgartner, Sydney Tomlinson and Sarah Yamaura, Mackenna Pellerin, Sydney Hopper, Scott Hopper, Claire Mcarthy, Lea Gikas, Margaret Pana and Coach Leslie Harris.
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The All Star softball team, comprised of players from Mercer Island, Bellevue West and Bellevue East won the Junior Softball District 9 championships to earn a spot at the softball world series next month in Kirkland.

The team of 13 to 14 year olds, beat Eastlake/Sammamish 8-6 in the title game.

Eastlake/Sammamish had an early leave before the Bellevue/Mercer Island team scored twice in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead and never trailed again. They added three more runs in the sixth for the final score of 8-6. The two teams had met earlier in the tournament, in which Bellevue/Mercer Island won 10-4.

The tournament win gave the team an automatic birth to the World Series as the host team. The Junior Softball World Series will be held Aug. 15-21 at Everest Park in Kirkland and features teams from across the world.

Four members of the team from Mercer Island include: Lea Gikas, Claire McCarthy, Makenna Pellerin, and Sarah Yamaura.

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