POULSBO — The North Kitsap Little League 8- to 10 -Year-Old Softball All-Star Team won the state All-Star Tournament on July 21, besting a field of nine teams from around the state.
This is the first All-Star state championship for NKLL ever at this division.
The team wrapped up the championship with a 3-0 victory over Mill Creek. North Kitsap was led by pitcher Jayla Moon, who struck out 16 batters enroute to a complete game 1-hitter. Shortstop Cerenity Fake hit a home run to lead the offense.
The championship game win completed a streak of five consecutive wins in elimination games over the final four days of the tournament.
“I am incredibly proud of all the girls,” Manager Jordan Armistead said. “I told them that I hope they enjoy this as much as I will. They played all week with a tremendous amount of guts, poise and sportsmanship.”
He was also especially grateful for his two assistant coaches, Alison Richards and Kelly Syverson. “I couldn’t ask for two better coaches and we couldn’t have done it without them,” he said.
Scott Knutsen, NKLL president, spoke about how special this accomplishment is.
“I’m very proud of the softball program we have here. We have been growing this program for years and we’ve had state championships before, but never at this young age group. I’m so grateful to the coaches and the parents for the amount of time and commitment they have put in to make this possible for the girls.”
The full team roster is: Ava Armistead, Kendall Becker, Evelyn Beers, Isabelle Chiquiti, Cerenity Fake, Hailey Feltis, Taliyah Ledesma, Norah McFeat, Jayla Moon, Hannah Richards, Cadence Robles, Madeline Syverson, and Bailey Watland.