AUGUST 11, 1997
Woodinville All Stars, l. to rt.: Ashley Wick, Kia duNann, Amy Norris, Jullian Lambrecht, Ashley Ahlgrim, Caitlin Walker, Amanda Fleischman, Sara Hajjar, Danielle Weir, Katherine Knowles. Hidden: Callie Webster, Danielle Everett. Coaches: K.C. Webster, Jim Weir and Peter Norris.
Photo courtesy of Jim Weir
Woodinville West All-Stars State Champs
by Madeline Moore
"They are your heroes of tomorrow, but they are mine of today," said coach Jim Weir about the 9- and 10-year-old girls that make up the 1997 Washington State Little League Fastpitch Softball Champions.
The Woodinville West All-Stars, undefeated in 9 games, became the '97 District 8 champions after defeating Magnolia 13-1. They went on to the state tournament in Mt. Vernon, where they defeated a strong team from Mill Creek (6-2) for the Championship.
Strong pitching and hitting characterize these All-Stars. The team gave up only 9 hits in 9 games, pitched 3 no hitters, 2 one hitters, and had 83 strikouts in 9 games. Pitchers are Ashley Wick, Dani Weir, Danielle Everett and Callie Webster.
Catcher Amy Norris pitched 2 innings with 4 strikeouts. Lead by RBI leader and 4 hitter Danielle Everett (.417) and batting average leaders Ashley Wick(.630) and Ashley Ahlgrim (.570), the All-Stars outscored their opponents 123-17. Caitlin Walker and Ashley Wick made ther first career homeruns this season.
Solid defense was led by returning All-Stars Callie Webster (2nd base) and Caitlin Walker (3rd base), who went errorless through both District and State tournaments. Kia duNann, Amanda Fleischman, Sara Hajjar, Katherine Knowles, and Jullian Lambrecht round out the roster of this outstanding team.
"I never dreamt that 9- and 10-year-old girls can do what these girls can do. They set such a high standard, a level they will build on for years to come," Weir said. Weir and the other two coaches, Peter Norris and K.C. Webster, all have daughters on the team. Weir said that traditionally the passion for baseball is handed down from father to son, but translating this passion into the father-daughter relationship is a wonderful feeling that will last forever.