KENT – With a young team behind her, Marissa Miller has learned to take the bad with the good.
And in the end, the plusses have far outweighed the minuses.
Such was the case for the Puyallup Vikings in the championship game of the SPSL 4A softball tournament Friday at the Kent Service Ballfields.
Miller, one of only three seniors in the lineup, pitched out of a pair of bases-loaded jams early and the Vikings pulled away for a 5-2 victory over Beamer of Federal Way to claim what coach Tony Batinovich believes might be their first league title in his 22-year tenure.
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Both Beamer runs were unearned. The Titans have a young club, too, also starting only three seniors, and gave up a couple of gift runs in falling to Puyallup (19-2) for the third time this season. They reached the title game by upsetting previously unbeaten Tahoma 7-1.
Miller said she has learned to shake off miscues.
“Every game, I just take it by each out,” she said after improving to 18-1 on the season. “I know they’re going to make mistakes because they’re young, but that can’t affect how I’m going to pitch and how I’m going to face batters and what my purpose of the game is.”
Both times Beamer loaded the bases, Miller ended the inning with a strikeout.
Beamer (17-6) bashed 11 hits against Tahoma (19-1), which bounced back to finish third with a 6-3 victory over Kentridge (17-5).
In all, seven SPSL teams advance to the West Central District tournament, which is next Friday and Saturday back in the same complex.
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