SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The Eastlake of Sammamish Little League softball team lost its semifinal game to Granada Hills (Calif.) by a 4-1 score on Thursday night.
While the team’s tournament run has ended, they don’t get to go to Disneyland.
“That is the silver lining to the tournament,” said Eastlake coach Steve Pollis.
Granada Hills was 4-0 in Regional pool play, and Thursday was the 12th consecutive victory for the California representative. Granada Hills scored a run in the first inning without benefit of a base hit.
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In the bottom of the third, Granada Hills loaded the bases and scored when a would-be Natalie McCarty single was turned into a fielder’s choice as Eastlake center fielder Mackenzie Kurtz’s throw to shortstop Regan Hines forced a runner at second. Another run scored on a wild pitch that gave Granada Hills a 3-0 advantage.
Eastlake had their best threat in the top of the fourth. Sophia Robinson and Georgia Robinson each walked, and Kurtz singled to drive Sophia Robinson home. Georgia Robinson attempted to score, but Ashley Murphy’s excellent throw from center field got Georgia Robinson at the plate.
Pollis said Eastlake last won a district tournament seven years ago, and that this was their first state championship.
“We have 210 girls involved from ages 5 to 14,” said Pollis, who is a marketing manager for AT&T. “We have a vision and we can show girls a goal for success in high school softball.”