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

Weekday softball league comes to Queen Anne

Don’t have time for sports on the weekend? The Underdog Sports League is starting up a spring co-ed softball team in the neighborhood beginning Monday, April 5.

Ten-person co-ed teams (6 men, 4 women) will meet on either Mondays or Wednesdays for a 6-game season, including one or two doubleheaders and playoffs for teams that qualify. Game usually start at 8 or 9:30 p.m. and will be held at the W Queen Anne Playfield.

Teams dues are $85 per person or $925 for a team. Registration information is available here. Possible game dates include April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, and May 3, 5, 10 and 12.

(Photos courtesy of Underdog Sports League Human Resource Director Eliza Junkerman).