Xplosion '00 second at Sweet Onion Invite

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WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Xplosion '00 girls 12-and-under fastpitch softball team came up with a second-place finish in the Sweet Onion Invitational held in Walla Walla over the weekend.

The Xplosion fell to the Washington Force '99 out of Tri-Cities in the championship game, 4-2, and concluded the tournament with a 5-2 record.

On Saturday, the Xplosion began the tournament with a win over the Spokane Diamonds, 12-2. The Xplosion then followed up with two more wins, as they defeated the Eastern Oregon Cyclone, 17-0, and the Couer d'Alene Crush, 7-2. In their fourth game of the day, which didn't count against their pool play record, the Xplosion lost 1-0 to the Pendleton Pride.

On Sunday, Xplosion opened single elimination play with wins over UC Lightning, 12-0, and a 6-4 semifinal win over the Couer d'Alene Crush.

In the championship game, the Xplosion spotted the Washington Force '99 three runs in the first inning and never recovered in the 4-2 loss.

Xplosion '00 players are Kamryn Coleman, Lauren Hoe, Faith Hoe, Teisha Payne, Maddy Thomas, Bow Maiden, Alison Skurski, Emma Case, Paris Orchard, Madison Hooper and Meghan Yenney. Coaches are Andy Coleman, Kaela Hoe and Brett Thomas.

The Xplosion '00 are now 38-14-1 on the season and play their next tournament on June 29-July 1 in the NSA State Tournament in Tri-Cities.

Walla Walla Xplosion '98

third in 14U Gold Division

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Xplosion '98 fastpitch softball team placed third out of 16 teams at the local Sweet Onion Invitational in the 14-and-under Gold Division.

Saturday, the Xplosion '98 went 2-1 to qualify for the Gold Division, then on Sunday played to the semifinals before losing in extra innings in a hard-fought game against Wrath.

The Walla Walla Xplosion '98 players are Selina Atkinson, BreAnna Birdwell, Karlie Broxson, Whitney Enriquez, Kate Hogan, Tara Krivoshein, Tori Martinez, Izzy Oberg, Brandi Schoessler, Tasha Seymour, Emma Sweet, and Josie Sweet. They are coached by Scott Krivoshein and Fred Sweet.

The Xplosion '98 record for the year to 21-11, and they play next in Tri-Cities at the NSA State Tournament on June 29-July 1.

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