Softball team hits the road, wins at the beach

Hit Me In, a co-ed softball team on Vashon, placed third at a tournament in Long Beach. - Courtesy Photo
Hit Me In, a co-ed softball team on Vashon, placed third at a tournament in Long Beach.
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Hit Me In, a co-ed softball team from Vashon, proved it could stand up to regional competition when they placed third in the Beach Blast Tournament Aug. 10 and 11 in Long Beach, Wash.

The team, coached by Shane Willits and managed by Holly Lotz, went three for two at the tournament. They narrowly lost their third game to Porterouse by one run. The final score, 12-11, put them in third place that weekend.

“We had a great time camping and playing new teams,” Willits said. “There are a lot of really great softball players on Vashon.”

Willits and Sheila Algeo-Davis were named All Tournament players for the Vashon team by having the highest male and female batting averages.

Willits said he was proud that Hit Me In finished third, especially since it was their first tournament as a team. He said players were already planning to enter more regional tournaments held by the United States Specialty Sports Association, which sponsored the event, and hoped to return to Long Beach next year.

“It's great to see everyone play off the island,” he said.

Hit Me In players include Kyle Walsh, Kelly Costello, Jeremy Stone, Ashlee Lotz, Marcus Ento, Clay Eastly, Alfonso Murano, Wendi Taylor, Sheila Algeo-Davis and Cory Kilpatrick.


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