Redmond’s Junior Softball World Series ride is over.
Natalia Farago banged a two-RBI double to give the host squad a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but the West (Santa Clara, Utah) erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth en route to a 12-3 victory in the elimination round on Thursday at Everest Park in Kirkland.
Redmond finished the series 1-4 and the West advanced to the semifinals with a 5-0 record.
In the third, Farago drove in Karli Kostoff — who got on board with a bunt single — and Ella Claus. In the fifth, Kimora Johnson drove in Sundis Cole, who singled, for Redmond’s other run.
Redmond kept its lead until the fourth after getting out of a jam in the third. With West runners on second and third with two outs, pitcher Grace Haegele made a diving grab to end the threat.
For Redmond, Farago had two hits and Claus (double), Johnson, Cole, Kostoff and Isabella Stewart had one hit each.
Cole, who made several crucial plays at second base during the tournament, said that while the girls were calm and relaxed, they maybe got a little tight and anxious during their losses.
She enjoyed being with her teammates and making special friendships.
“I mean, it’s the World Series! It’s fun,” Cole said.
While speaking with the girls from all over the world at the event, Cole said they discussed food and softball and had a great time at Girls Night Out on July 30. She said it was loud with everyone chatting and laughing, and the girls were inspired by Kaija Gibson, University of Washington softball player and Redmond High alumnus, who told her softball story.
Cole nodded her head when asked if playing in the World Series enhanced her passion for softball. “It just makes me excited for the future,” she said with a smile.