"Dusters gold beat the heat, take seventh at ASA tourney"
June 11, 2008 · Updated 4:49 PM
"The Diamond Dusters Gold beat the heat, and most of the teams they played, at last weekend's Amatuer Softball Association 16-and-under Western Nationals Tournament in Turlock, Calif.The Dusters placed seventh in the 32-team field, surviving a heat wave that saw temperatures rise to 104 degrees and winning five of seven games. Gold's tourney run ended Saturday, Aug. 12, when it lost a 1-0, eight-inning thriller to America Pastime of Los Angeles.That was Gold's third game on the final day of the tournament.The Dusters opened the tourney by defeating the Shockers of Concord, Calif., 2-1, behind winning pitcher Sheena Stangler. Dominique Watson drove in one run with a first-inning single and Ashley Stice, who had two hits, scored the game-winner on an illegal pitch in the third.Stice scored the only run in Gold's second game, against Spirit of Rancho Cucamanga, Calif. Lauren Hass plated Stice with a sixth-inning single.The Dusters won two more games Aug. 10, downing Snohomish Express and Flash of Visalia behind winning pitchers Stangler and Dominique Watson. The Dusters lost their first game Saturday against the SoCal Crush, 1-0, despite a complete-game two-hitter from Stangler. They bounced back to defeat the SoCal Jets 4-1 before dropping the final game to America Pastime.Stangler finished up the tourney with a 4-1 record. Stice led the offense with a .350 average, while Ashley Robinson hit .316, Haas .304 and Amanda Perna .394.The Dusters finished their season with a 43-20-2 overall record.Jamil Al-Agba fourth on the hardcourtJamil Al-Agba of Bremerton placed fourth last weekend in the 192-strong field of the Super National Boys 16 Hardcourt Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.Al-Agba lost 6-2, 6-2 to Wayne Odesnik of Weston, Fla., in Sunday's third-place match. On Saturday, Al-Agba dropped a semifinal match to James Wan, 6-1, 6-4. Wan is a first cousin of professional tennis star Michael Chang.Al-Agba, ranked 13th nationally and second in his region, downed Primode Dabir of Saratoga, Calif., 7-6 (6-4), 7-5 in Friday's quarterfinals. Al-Agba is coached by Bobby Berger of Los Angeles, a former world No. 1-ranked 18-and-under player. Esprit de Corp wins Blastoff TournamentF.C. Kitsap Esprit de Corp, a local girls 17-and-under soccer team, won the Federal Way Blastoff Tournament Sunday, Aug. 12.EDC clinched the tourney by defeating Thunder, 3-0. Jenny Beyette scored twice and Alicia Langdon had a shutout in goal. Annie Zagarov also scored in the championship game and Tawny Clark and Christina Campbell added assists.Coach George Campbell said the key tourney game was his team's Aug. 11 1-0 defeat of the Bootleggers. Christina Campbell scored off a Nicole Veth assist in the 25th minute to clinch the win. That victory gave F.C. Kitsap enough points to advance to the championship game, George Campbell said.The local select club also defeated the Seattle Strikers 2-0 and lost to Thunder 1-0 at the tourney.Participating were Rachel Bearbower of Silverdale; Zagarov, Veth, Kimberly Russell, Janelle Lavin, Langdon, Tricia Hobaugh, Ariel Fowler, Clark and Campbell of Bremerton; Beyette, Michelle Boyd, Katie Jo Shoemaker and Robin Hubbell of Port Orchard; Danielle Kingsbury of Olalla; Rowan Hall of Wauna; and Megan Fosket of Sequim. Assisting coach Campbell is Cam Hall.Stinky Pigs second at Narrows CupThe Stinky Pigs, a local youth soccer team, placed second at the recent Narrows Cup tournament.Shoreline United needed double overtime to defeat the Pigs 3-2 in the championship game. The Pigs had defeated Shoreline 4-1 in a previous game. The pigs also deafeated South Kitsap 5-4, and Hawks 3-1 at the tournament. "