Each one of our coaches regardless of the age group are reminded; softball is about having fun. It is about going to new places, making new friends, competing and doing your best. Player development is our next goal. Here is what eludes many people, having fun and being a player development program are not mutually exclusive propositions and here is why; improving at the game you love is fun and players know when they are improving, they feel it and it is a fun and rewarding experience.
There is definitely a “Thunder way” of doing things. From a technique standpoint Washington Thunder is rooted in the highest levels of the “men’s game”. And from a practice and tournament selection prospective Thunder is built around two concepts; don’t get burned out on the game. Play other sports, cross train and go have fun with your friends. And, play regionally as well as locally. Playing locally is easy but players will tell you if you stay in one area too long you will see the same teams every week and your select tournament schedule will ultimately feel like a league.
WA. Thunder 2013 Played more games in a single season than any team before or since.
After a very productive fall season the 18u team went 39-9-1 in the spring and summer appearing in six championship games, winning 3 of those, taking 3rd at the NSA NW World Series, 5th at NAFA and 5th at Metro Championships.
The 16s went 26-15-2 in spring and summer. The 16s racked up 5 championships and 1 second place finish along the way. The 16s started off playing USSSA, moved to ASA 'B' tournaments, then 16 'A' and then played 18A in their final event of the year. Great journey and tremendous progress.
The 14s played well and got better along the way. 14s made 3 appearances in championship games, coming up short in those games. 14s added a few 3rd place finishes too. Maybe most importantly the 14s met a lot of good players along the way, many have come over to Thunder for the 2019 season.
2nd place finish in Selah to start the season, then string 3 championships in a row before returning to action at Metro Championships. 3 quality wins over Acers, Bellevue Blast and Snohomish Shock before dropping a one run game to Montesano Bulldogs, which was good enough for a 5th place finish at Metros.
Washington Thunder 18s have won Washington State Games 3 years in a row and had their sights set on a 4th WSG Championship. Much like 2017 Thunder dropped the opener to Blaze, but followed up with 13-0 victory over Snohomish Shock and a 3-3 tie with the eventual 2018 Champions, SWAT. Sunday brought wins over GH Crushers and an extra inning win over Snohomish Shock before losing the championship game to SWAT.
6 weeks in, 2 second place finishes, 3 championships and a fifth place finish at Metros.
Home field is Curtis High School in University Place Wa. and Heidleberg Park adjacent to Cheney Stadium
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