It was a fitting finale in the 18-U Red Division of the 24th annual 4th of July Shootout ASA girls fastpitch softball tournament on Sunday at the Merkel Sports Complex.
Spokane Diamond-Elite, which outscored three pool-play opponents 32-0 but then had to go nine innings to survive in the semifinals, and the Spokane Dawgs, which followed up a 10-0 opening-game loss to Elite with four shutout victories, squared off for the title in the 18-U’s top division.
Lindsie Scholwinski, a recent Coeur d’Alene High graduate, played a key role in Elite’s 1-0 championship game victory. Scholwinski was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and Haley Wesselman, who came in as a courtesy runner for the Elite pitcher and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and fly ball to right field, scored the game’s only run on a wild pitch.
Scholwinski, who had pitched a no-hitter in Elite’s first-game win over the Dawgs, pitched a four-hitter, striking out 10 in the title game in outdueling the Dawgs’ Michelle Strauss (Ferris), who also pitched a four-hitter and struck out three.
Scholwinski and Lewiston grad Shawnee Zink combined to pitch four shutouts in five games for Elite while Strauss and Hannah Hustad (Northwest Christian) combined for four shutouts in six games for the Dawgs. While Hustad shut out Spokane Crash 7-0 in the semifinals, Wesselman (ex-University High) scored the winning run for Elite in the second extra inning in a 6-5 win over Montana Avalanche.
Menace Northwest of Tri-City won the 18-U White Division 8-1 over Spokane Stealth.
Spokane Stealth ’98 won the 16-U Division 4-3 over Northwest Wildfire of Coeur d’Alene on Katie Sinn’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. Erin Kautzman, who had opened the inning with a double, scored the winning run. Two Spokane Diamonds teams, Diamonds-Stewart and Diamonds-Vulcano, shared third.
Montana teams won the three 14-U divisions: Missoula Lady Osprey-Blue taking the top Red division, 8-3 over Spokane Diamonds; Lady Osprey-Black winning the White 16-7 over Colville Tribe; and Great Falls Xplosion the Blue 5-2 over Northwest Wildfire of Coeur d’Alene.
Amanda Bailey has been named head volleyball coach at Central Valley. After her high school days in Michigan, she has had a successful career as a club and high school coach in Florida and Mississippi.
Her teams at Washington High School in Pensacola, Fla., were District 4A Volleyball Champions five times as well as Region 1 4A champions once. She was named the 2005 Northwest Florida Coach of the Year.
• Steve Bourgard has been named head boys basketball coach at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy.
He replaces Chris Pederson, who resigned after one season because of family reasons.
Bourgard was the head girls basketball coach at Kellogg and most recently was an assistant boys coach at Coeur d’Alene.
Derek Bayley of Rathdrum and Sierra Kersten of Spokane have qualified for the Junior America’s Cup representing their states.
Bayley is headed to Maui in late July for Idaho while Kersten is headed to Albuquerque, N.M., at the same time.
The Junior America’s Cup brings together 17 teams of the top four boys and girls representing 17 western states, two Canadian provinces and Mexico competing in a team format.