August 10, 1998
Top row, L-r:) Mike Lentz, manager, Glenn Phillips, coach. (MIddle row, l-r:) Joe Thornley, Andy Lentz, Darren Pohl, Joey Dunn, Duke Welken, Matt Tuiasosopo. (Bottom row, l-r) Andrew Sego, Bret Bochsler, Corey Nichol, Joe Stivala, Kramer Phillips. Not pictured is John Welker, coach.
The Woodinville West Little League All Star team fought back from a late loss in the Washington State Tournament to capture the State Little League Championship. The twelve boys and their coaches left last weekend for the Western Region Little League Tournament in San Bernardino, California.
After losing to the Issaquah American All Stars on Thursday 1-3, Woodinville West won in the rubber match 3-1. They beat Issaquah once earlier in the tournament 4-3.
Woodinville West was led by Matt Tuiasosopo's one hit, ten strikeout performance on the mound. Offensively, the state champs were paced by Kramer Phillips' two RBI performance.
"These boys have earned this title with hard work, team effort and desire," stated West manager Mike Lentz. "It's been an honor for me and the coaches to work with them. They're state champs because they chose to make the commitment to do what it takes to win at this level," he added. "Our boys are really enjoying the results of the fifty some practices in the hot sun, the miles of bases they've run, and the sacrifices they've made."
Coach Glen Phillips expressed his appreciation for the parents and supporters of the team. "Every boy on the team contributed to this championship. Our Woodinville community should be especially proud to have these young men representing them in the Regional US Tournament," added Phillips. "And thanks to all of the supporters who followed us through district and state. We won most of our games on the field, but we won every game with the number of fans behind us."
The Woodinville West All Stars outscored their opponents by a score of 71-14 in combined district and state tournament play. They defeated Cascade (Vancouver) 10-1, Mill Creek 11-1 before facing Issaquah in the State Tournament.
The tournament victor departed for San Bernardino Sunday, August 9 to represent Washington State in the National Regional Little League Tournament. The regional victor will represent the Western US in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania later this month.