Queen Anne Little League 12s All-Stars are in the State Tournament

Last Monday, the 12 year-old Queen Anne Little League (QALL) All-Stars Baseball team won the District 8 Championship title against Magnolia – congrats to the team! Plus, that win means they are now competing in the State tournament that began this past weekend in Federal Way.

To get to State, QALL won 8 games against other District 8 teams, with Queen Anne as the south-most team and North Bothell rounding out the north end. After last year’s District win, this year’s win makes the first time in QALL history that the 12s team has won back-to-back District titles.

Where’s the team now? The Washington State Little League Tournament began yesterday, Saturday, July 15th and the 12s QALL team won their first game on Sunday, defeating Pacwest (District 7) with a final score of 6-5. A walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored the winning run.

Next up, the team plays Walla Walla Valley (District 5) tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18th, at 3pm. If they win the game, they will be in the semi-finals on Thursday, July 20th. The tournament is double elimination, and they haven’t lost yet, so still have at least two more games to play.

The team is managed by Trevor Christianson, and coached by John Kruse and Nick Ring. The QALL 12s players are:

TJ Armstrong
Reeve Boyd
Bjorn Johnson
Leo Kruse
Gray LeVasseur
Luke Malzewski
George Naramore
Gunnar Peterson
Nat Reed
Nicholas Ring
Blake Sandvik
Eli Senzel
William Sparks

Congrats to QALL 12s on the District Championship & best of luck in the State Tournament!

Cheer on the Queen Anne Little League team as they advance closer to the Championship

QALL logoThanks to a tip from a reader, I was clued in to how well our local Queen Anne Little League team is doing this year – they are just one game away from advancing to the State Championship! And, they’re the first team in QALL history to make it this far, so while the next game is in Vancouver, WA tomorrow (Saturday), be sure to cheer them on virtually!

You can check out the Tournament bracket online to check the status of our local team. If they win Saturday’s game, the team will advance to play the winners of Idaho, Orgeon, Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana in San Bernadino, California. And, if they win against these competitors, they’ll go to Williamsport, PA for the World Series, representing the Northwest.

The team is made up of local 12 year olds coached by Shawn Canty, Scott Cooper, and Joe Furia, and managed by Randy Storm. The photo shows the QALL 12s AllStars team just after winning the District 8 tournament. It’s the first time in 40+ years since QALL represented the District in the State Tournament.

QALL 12s
Trey Boyd
Corbin Carroll
Tyler Collings
Christian Collins
Sam Cooper
Ian Crocker
Peter Furia
Conor Lamb
William Mulfur-White
Kohl Petersen
Keanu Romero
Dolan Shaffer
Will Stroupe

The winner of Saturday’s game moves into the Championship game on Sunday for the State Title, so wish them luck and cheer them on!

Play Ball! Queen Anne Little League Registration Open Through January 31st

Registration for the 2013 Queen Anne Little League Baseball/Softball season is now open and runs through Thursday, January 31st – but register before January 25th to save $10 in late fees. The regular fee for baseball and softball is $158.50 and for T-Ball is $88.50.

All programs are based on ages as of April 30, 2013 and run from March to the beginning of June.

T-Ball – A fun introduction to baseball for boys and girls ages 4-6. Players hit from a tee and run to first base. There are no strikes counted and everyone on the roster bats each inning. No score is kept and everyone has a great time and celebrates at game’s end with snacks.

Baseball Minors, Majors, Juniors and Seniors Divisions
Players need to attend evaluations on Saturday, February 2nd for placement on a team. Teams include:

  • Rookie League – boys and girls 6-8. Machine pitch.
  • Central League – boys and girls 7-9. Players and machine pitch.
  • Coast League – boys and girls 9-11. Players pitch for the entire game.
  • Majors – boys and girls 10-12. Games are played by the official rules of Little League.
  • Juniors – boys and girls 12-14. Offers a link between Little League and Senior League divisions. There is a full range of tournament play.
  • Senior League – boys and girls 14-16. Offers a full range of tournament play and a World Series.

Softball Minors, Majors, Juniors and Seniors Divisions
Players need to attend evaluations on Saturday, February 2nd for placement on a team. Teams include:

  • AA League – girls 7-9
  • AAA League – girls 9-11
  • Majors – girls 10-12
  • Juniors – girls 12-14

The Softball program also has an opportunity for girls 14-16 to play Senior League softball. According to Queen Anne Little League, the Senior League is a “perfect opportunity for high school girls, as the season falls after the school season. Queen Anne will combine with other leagues to form a team.”

Full or partial waivers of registration fees are available to any family without the means to pay. Other than a baseball/softball glove and appropriate cleated shoes and pants, all uniforms and equipment and all city field use charges are included in registration fees.

The preferred method of registration is online, as it saves the valuable time of the Queen Anne Little League volunteers. And, speaking of volunteers, the organization is looking for coaches, umpires, or anyone else who’d like to help out this season – email Dave Petersen for more info and to volunteer.

Queen Anne softball teams win city championships

Two Queen Anne Little League softball teams were victorious in their respective divisions at the city D8 Fastpitch Softball Championship at Husky Stadium on Monday, June 13.

The Minor division game, between AAA Sound Seismic Earthquakes and NE Kumon U-Village Midnight Runners, ended with a final score of 2-0. Miss the game? Here are some of the highlights from the QALL website:

Kumon — who throughout the course of the season had scored no fewer than ten runs per game — were completely stymied by the Earthquake hurler Bella “Ice” Jackson.  Jackson, who pitched the entire six innings, schooled the opponents by throwing a no-hitter with a total of 14 strikeouts.  On the other side, NE’s pitcher Hanna Lanfear gave up only two hits and two runs throughout the course of the matchup, setting a pitcher’s duel in motion.  At the top of the third however, Seismic slugger Victoria McSmith got a hold of a fastball to drive a 2 RBI single.  McSmith’s inning-buster sealed the deal; the best chance for Kumon scoring came in the bottom of the 4th but an alert Grace Munday manning first base made a routine tag, then quickly relayed the ball back to Seismic catcher Kaia Simpson to turn a double-play and stomp on Kumon hopes for a comeback.

The Major division matchup between Buckley’s on Queen Anne and the North Central League’s 5 Spot Falcons was a closer game, but in the end the Queen Anne team came out on top with a final score of 5-3. Here are the QALL highlights:

Buckley’s clean-up batter Morgan Cameron drew first blood at the bottom of the 1st, swatting a two run triple-bagger to left,  and then stealing home to end the frame with a three run lead.  The Falcons rebounded in the top of the second though, knotting up the score by pressing the advantage on fielding jitters and an earned run.  Buckley’s pitcher Sophie Young found her stride however; with the go-ahead run on third, Young caught a batter swinging to close down the trouble.  The Falcons again threatened to go ahead in the top of the fourth, but Cameron tagged an over-confident runner at home, thwarting the visitor’s would-be rally.  The stalemate was broken at the bottom of the 4th with a Vlasta Schutzenhofer chop to third that drove in two Buckley’s teammates.  Unfortunately, the lead looked tenuous by the top of the fifth; Megan Quigley-McAllister on the mound for Buckley’s found herself in a jam with no outs, and bases loaded.   While the fans popped antacids, Quigley-McAllister (working in tandem with Cameron, who didn’t let a single ball get past her), coolly struck out three successive batters to preserve the lead.  Then again in the 6th, Quigley-McAllister threw a 1-2-3 frame to clinch the title.

For more details, photos, and play-by-play overviews of the two championship games, check out Mary Cropp’s story in the SeattlePI blogs.

* Photo via the QALL Facebook page

QA Little League Opening Day Saturday

Opening Day of the Queen Anne Little League is tomorrow, Saturday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Big Howe Playfield. There will be lots of food, activities, and of course, a little game playing.

The day will start with the Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run. The Opening Day ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. Check out the full baseball and softball team schedules here.

One of Queen Anne’s newest restaurants, Zaw will also be participating in the game day fun, providing BBQ pizza snacks at the park all day long. The seasonal and local bake-at-home pizza place will also be donating $5 from every large pizza sold before 5 p.m. on Saturday to the QA Little League.