By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
The Mill Creek Little League Softball All Star team lost their first game of post season play in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday evening, July 28, 2016.
Unfortunately, the loss occurred in the single-elimination quarterfinal round of the Western Regional Championship Tournament.
Mill Creek was the number one seed in the tournament after winning all of their first three games and had a bye on Tuesday, July 27th.
Number eight seed Hawaii defeated number nine seed Nevada 17-0 on Tuesday to reach Wednesday’s quarterfinal game.
Against Mill Creek, Hawaii jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring two more runs in the second, one in the third, and one in the fifth.
Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth and last inning, Mill Creek’s Lauren Whitley tripled and subsequently scored on Amanda Wininger’s single.
Abby Pennylegion reached first base and Wininger crossed the plate on a Hawaii error, making the score 5-2.
Pinch runner Kalia Zellmer scored Mill Creek’s last run on a wild pitch by Hawaii’s Tehani Epensa.
The final score was 5-3, which ended Mill Creek’s season. They finished post season play with an impressive 11-1 record overall.
The Mill Creek Softball All Star team was undefeated in the Washington State Championship Tournament in Spokane. They beat Woodinville, last year’s champions, 11-3 in the final game on July 15th.
According to Mayor Pam Pruitt, the Mill Creek City Council plans to honor the team’s accomplishments at a September city council meeting.