Redmond rolls past Alaska, 5-0, in opener

Redmond’s ruler in the pitchers’ circle Addy Ruess fanned nine Alaska batters to lead the local majors squad to a 5-0 victory in its opening game of the Little League Softball West Regionals on July 24.

The Redmond all-stars (10-1) will next play Nevada at 7 p.m. on July 27 at the 12-team tournament in San Bernardino, California. Nevada beat Northern California, 12-0, in its opener on July 24.

Against Alaska, Ainsley Barcalow (two), Ella Enich, Maggie Enich and Kati Cygan crossed the plate for Redmond. Hits pinged off the bats of Barcalow, Simone Loving-Williams, Livy Ruess and Mia Perez; Loving-Williams and Julia Cady had RBIs. Swift-footed base stealers were Barcalow with three, two each from Livy Ruess, Cygan and Maggie Enich, and one each from Ella Enich and Loving-Williams.

Coach Robert Hartman analyzed what Redmond had on its side against Alaska: “We play fast and aggressive while focusing on situational positions, making great throws, and staying cool in the heat of the moment.” He added that the team thrives on its unity, spirit, grit and loudness.

When the softball cleats come off, the dancing shoes take over. The players danced with their opponent in the dining hall and sang songs with players from other teams in the swimming pool, the coach added.

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