TNT fastpitch takes second place in Tacoma

Sequim’s TNT Fastpitch team includes (back row, from left) coach Dave Bentz, Alexas Besand, Melissa Lewis, Olivia Kirsch, Mary Lu Clift, Kristan Castillo, Elisa Sallee, Megan Dukek and coach Sean Clift, with (front row, from left) coach Dean Rhodefer, Makayla Bentz, Bailey Rhodefer, Hannah Grubb, Tia Bourm and Shelby Lott.     Submitted photo

Sequim’s TNT Fastpitch team, a select softball squad, finished in second after a one-run loss in the championship game to the Hoquiam Bombers at an eight-team tournament in Tacoma last weekend.

On Saturday the squad went 2-1, topping the Capital Lady Outlaws and Montesano Bulldogs and losing to the Seattle Adrenaline by a run.

Seeded in the gold division, TNT topped the Puget Sound Lady Vikes 7-2 in the semifinals.
In the championship game, the Hoquiam Bombers edged TNT 5-4.

“We could have won that game but a few errors here and there (were the difference),” said TNT Fastpitch coach Dave Bentz. “We’re doing well and doing better every time, too.”

Bentz said top pitching came from Makayla Bentz and Melissa Lewis. Alexas Besand led all TNT hitters with a .417 average. Hannah Grubb made a spectacular catch in center field to end a game while Bailey Rhodefer and Mary Lou Clift each hit game-clinching home runs during the weekend.

The TNT squad also had a successful run at the Ice Breaker Tournament in Tri-Cities April 10-11, going 4-2.

TNT is set to play May 15-16 in Marysville at the Patriot Invite, where 40 of the region’s best youth fastpitch teams are scheduled to play, Bentz said.

Doughnut fundraiser coming to Sequim
The TNT team is hosting a Krispy Kreme fundraiser from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 8, in front of QFC grocery store (990 E. Washington St.), at Walmart (1110 W. Washington St.) and has a booth at the Sequim Irrigation Festival Logging Show.

Money raised is to pay for tournament fees and equipment.

The team also is seeking funds to help pay for tournament fees and equipment.

To donate funds or for more information about the team, call Karen Lewis at 460-0380.

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