August 10, 1998
Hurricane team members back row: Coach Marty Wick, Veronica Howell, Michelle Ness, Krista Colburn, Megan Hearn, Emily Gould, Coaches Kim Johnson and Curtis Hammond, front row: Bat Boy Zach Hammond, Valerie Keeney, Ashley Wick, Callie Webster, Carly Fuhrman, Colby Hammond, and Katie Johnson.
There may not be hurricanes in Northshore, but a girls' select softball team from Woodinville has blown its opponents away. The Eastside Hurricanes, composed of girls under 14, competed for first place at the NSA World Series in Columbus, Ohio.
On July 26 the Hurricanes placed 9th out of 62 teams from the U.S., Canada, and other countries. The girls played in 12 U-12 tournaments and won the championship round eight times. They also played in two U-14 tournaments and placed 3rd in one.
In tournament play, the Hurricanes defeated Ohio's number two team and defeated the number one teams from Illinois and North Carolina. The girls lost a close game to Alabama, the eventual national champion, 3-0.
The girls finished their 1998 season with a record of 53-13. "Most importantly the girls had fun," says team manager Marty Wick, "They are excited to start the next season. All of the players contributed substantially to the Hurricane's success. Each player provided a unique strength that completed the team."