There may be more than one reason that one of the best fast-pitch softball pitchers in the state has the last name Sparks. One of those reasons might be the effect she has on her team.
Kylie Sparks supplied all the fuel that the Rebels needed Friday as the team won the district title and advanced to state. Sparks pitched both games of a double header, throwing 15 innings and giving up just one run. That run came during the first inning of the first game against Bainbridge Island.
But the Juanita offense was silent during the first six innings of play until the team scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh. Rebel Kellie Shinstrom bashed a triple during the eighth inning and then teammate Gina Swan slapped the game-winning single to qualify Juanita for state, 2-1.
Sparks domination continued into the title game against Blanchet. But the Juanita offense would match the MVP’s performance, winning the game 7-0. Andi Garza’s three RBI base hit and Lexy Faist’s 2-for-3 two RBI performances supplied most of the scoring.
Sparks complete line for the two games was 15 innings, 12 strikeouts, three walks and one run on nine base hits.