The Colville Tribe 18U softball team finished second at last weekend’s annual Coeur d’ Alene Crush Tournament.
The Tribe, comprised of current Colville High varsity and non-varsity players, opened the tournament on a wet Saturday with a 9-1 win over the Yakima Steelers (six innings).
On Sunday, the Tribe smashed Trail/Castlegar, B.C. 23-0 (three innings) before edging the Montana Avalanche 6-5 and getting past the Spokane Stealth 9-5 in one semifinal game.
In the championship, Colville fell to the Billings/Butte Dirt, 8-6.
“It was a great tournament for the kids because we got many younger kids crucial playing time,” CHS softball coach Mandy Sumner said. “We had five non-varsity players rotated in the entire time to get ready for next year (high school season).”
Sumner, who led Colville to a second place finish in the Class 1A state tournament last month in Richland, said that 2012 CHS graduates Tasji Urhausen and Jo Rogers, along with Jammie Madonna and Jalene Howell had big tournaments offensively.
“This was Howell’s break-out tournament,” Sumner said. “She ripped the cover off the ball all weekend. It was great to see.”
Sumner said that some of the Tribe’s younger players also contributed significantly to the team’s success: Ashtyn Reed, Chantel Nussbaum, McKenna Iverson and Emily Poling all got game time in and contributed to a big weekend.
Shortstop Taylor Kellum, who will be a senior at CHS next fall, hit a grand slam home run over the weekend and wreaked havoc with her speed and slap hitting.
“Taylor and Miranda Brittos (Lakeside) caused issues with their great base-running,” Sumner said.
April Hinds also turned in a solid tournament for the Tribe, according to Sumner.
Sumner added that the Montana Dirt that edged the Tribe in the title game had several players who have just completed their freshmen seasons in college.
“Compare that to our high school kids and we competed really well,” added Sumner, who said she appreciated the coaching of Jim Ebel and Laurie Kulp’s work with the score book. And a shout out to Bill Rogers, who performed yeoman duty as visitor’s field crew.
“And to the Tribe parents for putting together food, water and travel arrangements for the softball family,” Sumner said.