By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
July 25, 2016, update.
The Mill Creek Little League Softball All Stars shut out Nevada-Sparks, winning their third Western Regional Championship Tournament game 4-0 on Monday evening, July 25th.
Mill Creek pitcher Amanda Wininger had 19 first pitch strikes, only allowing three hits while striking out seven in her full game performance.
Deirdre Delgado, Lauren Whitley, and Sydney Warren provided the offense. Delgado went 2-2 with singles in both the fourth and fifth innings. Whitley got a single in the fourth inning and scored on a wild pitch. Warren singled in the fifth inning driving in a run and subsequently scored on a fielders choice play.
Mill Creek is now the number one seed in their group, and will get a bye on Tuesday. They will play again on Wednesday, July 27th.
Original July 24, 2016, article.
Mill Creek’s Little League Softball All Stars 12-year-old team started off strong in their 2016 Western Regional Championship run by winning their first two games.
First Mill Creek beat Arizona-Casa Grande 7-2, on Saturday, July 23rd, at the San Bernardino, California, tournament.
Mill Creek’s Amanda Wininger allowed only five hits with 18 first-pitch strikes while pitching a complete game. She was walked twice during the game and scored both times.
Arizona gave up four runs in the first inning with Sydney Warren, Deirdre Delgado, Lauren Whitley, and Kayla Peacocke providing the offense for Mill Creek.
Mill Creek scored again in the third inning when Annie Coe doubled to right field scoring Ava Mills.
Two Arizona errors in the fourth inning allowed two more runs for Mill Creek.
Mill Creek’s second win over Wyoming-Riverton was a blowout on Sunday, July 24th, with them scoring 23 runs in the first three innings.
Wyoming struggled against strong pitching from Ava Mills, who threw a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and only two walks.
Mill Creek’s offense was also dominating with ten hitters combining for 24 hits and 19 RBIs.
The mismatch was reflected in Mill Creek’s final 26-0 score over Wyoming.
Mill Creek’s next game is Monday, July 25th, against Nevada-Centennial who has one win and one loss so far in the San Bernardino tournament.
The Little League Softball Regional Championship Tournament began on Friday, July 22nd. Championship teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Hawaii, Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and two from California are in the competition.
The final regional championship game is Friday, July 29th, and the winner will advance to the Little League World Series in Portland, Oregon, August 9th to 17th.
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.