Valley softball player Jennie Shollenberger became a party to history last weekend.
The catcher-outfielder is the lone Valley member of the Nitro, a North Side 14-U girls fastpitch softball team that became Spokane’s first youth team to become Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Regional champions.
The North Spokane team outscored its opposition 71-10 and won six straight games during the B regionals at Franklin Park.
The Nitro beat the Rage from Portland 8-1, the Heat from Longview, Wash. 18-1, the Beaverton (Ore.) Babes 23-1, the Bandits from Newport, Ore. 11-2, and the Diamondbacks from Hillsboro, Ore. 6-3 and 6-2.
“It was astounding,” said coach Jim Stockman. “To face this quality and win was overwhelming.”
It has sent team members scrambling to raise the $4,000 it will take to travel to and compete in the ASA Western Area Championships, Aug. 6-10 in Evanston, Wyo.
Last year Shollenberger was on the Spokane Cougars, who this summer are playing in the 16-U National Softball Association nationals.
“We just talked them into it for the experience,” said her mother, Michele. “She sat on the bench but came to every practice and game and worked hard. It all got her to where she is this year.”
Shollenberger found out about the Nitro through her basketball coach and Nitro assistant, George Lynn. Her father, John, wanted her to play in her own age group.
Shollenberger, who attends St. John Vianney Parochial school, is one of the team’s two 13-year-olds.
Playing meant travel to Shadle Park for practices and games.
“That was hard because my mom works evenings,” said Jennie.
Her mother would drive her to a home near the Veteran’s Hospital on her way to a 2 p.m. job at Sacred Heart Hospital.
In its fourth year, the Nitro played in the Spokane Fastpitch Association 16-Under League and compiled a second-place 8-3-1 season record. Shollenberger batted third and in the regional tournament hit .500.
“I just thought we played extremely well together,” she said. “We played with our hearts. That’s what got us through the year.”
Overall, the team has compiled a 40-11-2 record, winning the Cougar Invitational Tournament in Spokane, Woody’s Invitational in Colville and the District 7 Umpires Invitational 16-U tourney in Kelso, Wash., and the Spokane Metro Qualifier.
The Nitro also placed second in the Issaquah Round Robin, the Eastern Washington Thunder in Spokane and the Spokane Girls Fastpitch League 16-U tourney.
Lynn stressed hitting fundamentals and it began to pay off in July.
“We told them in April they may struggle now, but if they do it right they’d peak at the end of July,” said Stockman. “Darned if they didn’t.”
Newcomer leads the way
A new name headed the list of Painted Hills Ladies Club golfers.
Chris Pomahac shot low gross 46 in A flight last week, including a birdie on the ninth hole.
She led B and C golfers Kathy Perry and Ellen Spalding who shot 53 scores. Spalding chipped in for a birdie on the second hole.
Mabel Lackner led D flight with 65 and Wendy Sloan led No-handicap flight with 59.
Net winners were Sheryl Van Dinter in A with 35, Sherrel Roshdy in B with 36, Dorothy Dinius in C with 35 and Stacy Blankenship in D with 33.
Susan Crosby on the fifth hole and Joyce Thompson on six had chip-ins.
Three-way ties at Valley View
There were a pair of three-way ties for honors among Valley View Ladies Club golfers last week.
In A flight, Dee Elder, Lorraine Martin and Carol Dahl shared net honors at 34.
Marilyn McMahon, Emma Long and Melba Farrar tied for low gross C flight honors with 69.
Low gross winners included Marjie Haser with 49 in A flight and Cathy Mileson with 54 in B.
Net leaders were Nola Russel with 30 in B and Bea Bladek with 39 in C.
T-shirt tourney winners
Liberty Lake Ladies 18-Hole golf club recently completed its two-week T-Shirt Tournament.
Winners of the eclectic best-ball event: Billie Etter, Marcea Seimers, Flurry Snyder and Barb Hafner with a two-week total net score of 50.
Second was the team of Sandy Mooney, Lisa Hambleton, JoAnn Hayes and Jan Boots with 53. Third place went to Patsy Lynn, Alice Shattuck, Colleen Wisnor and Cec Schucker with 55.
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