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Kirkland host team finishes second in Junior Softball World Series
The host Kirkland team fell to Tampa 10-1, finishing second overall in the Junior Softball World Series on Saturday.
Kirkland completed the week with a 5-2 record. Combined with last year’s 4-1 record, the girls achieved an overall 9-3 mark in the World Series play.
The host team represented Washington Little League District 9 with 10 of the 13 players from last year, when the team placed third overall.
The team’s players are predominantly from Kirkland and the roster includes Tori Bivens, Carly Campana, Alex Hanger, Kayla Henry, Tatum Kawabata, Juliana Lynch, Lisa Nelson, Gianna Paribello, Brynn Radke, Natalie Vetto, Hannah Walker and Kristina Warford. Nolan Radke is the team’s manager, assisted by coaches Steve Bivens and John Warford.
The event, which took place Aug. 11-17, drew nearly 2,000 spectators, while the championship game on Saturday drew an estimated 10,000 people to Kirkland’s Everest Park.
Teams came from as far away as Asia and Italy to play in the tournament. The squads had to win tournaments in the home areas. Those areas include the East (US), Southeast (US), Southwest (US), Central (US), West (US), Philippines, Europe (Italy), Latin America (Mexico) and Canada (BC or Ontario).
To view the ESPN broadcast of the World Series, visit espn.go.com/espn3/player?id=1062519.
All photos courtesy of Tim Nelson.