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Guidelines for returning to practice

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As per the direction from the State of Washington the following is
intended to define the standards and policy of Washington Thunder
Softball regarding the resumption of softball practices.


Age groups will work separately.

Age groups may co-mingle if a player can not attend their teams
practice and the presence of an additional player doesn’t cause the
practicing team to exceed appropriate numbers.

Proper social distancing will be observed. Particularly in any
fielding lines, while assisting a hitting partner, distances between
any stations and for team meetings or “huddles”.

Depending upon the number of coaches available each team may need to
stagger the arrival and departure of players. In the event of arriving
and departing groups at the same facility, the arriving group will be
scheduled to arrive fifteen minutes after the departing group.

We recommend players and coaches wear face coverings.

The practice plan will follow the NCAA rules for individual and small
group workouts, which in this setting is one coach and four players or
less in one area. Coaches will establish a buffer of at least one
hundred feet between groups. If batting cages are utilized one group
may use a set of two cages and another group may use another set of
two cages. Those two groups will not directly trade cages. One cage
group will rotate to an open area, the open area or fielding group
will rotate to a cage and the other cage group will rotate to the
vacated cage. Groups will not pass each other without proper
distancing.

The club will provide sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer and it is
highly recommended players use these products frequently. Balls and
other shared equipment will be wiped down before and after practice.

 

 

Fan Wear

Fan Wear can be purchased through the Lineup in Spanaway WA. Please go to their webpage www.thelineupspanaway.com. Go to Fan Wear, find the drop box at the top of the page, scroll down to Thunder and you will find a selection of Thunder fan wear.


3 sisters hanging out at 1st Base


14s on plane with a top hand release

Off to Arizona

All three Washington Thunder teams ventured down to Phoenix for USA Softball’s Thanksgiving Qualifier Tournament. Our 18s have been going to Phoenix off and on since the 2008 Super Bowl tournament and most of the time Thunder has played well.

Many of the trips to Arizona are for “showcase” events in which team play five games but most showcase aren’t bracketed and there is no championship game. However, this year’s event was a USA Softball National Qualifying event, which includes a championship bracket.

The 18s started off with a combined shutout of the Lil Saints. Cyd Jarvis started and threw the first few innings and Savannah Owen closed out the game. Cydney ended her portion of the outing with a WHIP of 1.0 and Savannah Owen ended her portion of the game with a WHIP of .50

Washington Thunder 18s batted around in the first inning Vs the Lil Saints, scoring 6 runs, which was fortunate because the Lil Saints shut Thunder down the remainder of the game.

Game two was a preview of the eventual championship game Vs AZ Suncats. Suncats also scrimmaged two Washington Thunder team on Friday night. Both Thunder teams were a mix of Thunder players from each age division. Washington Thunder failed to put together any offense and a couple of mistake pitches hurt the Thunder pitching staff. The combination lead to a 6-0 defeat for Washington Thunder 18A.

In the nightcap the 18s faced a very talented AZ Force 16u team. Early in the game the Thunder defense was poor, and Thunder fell behind 3-0. Alex Walters hit a solo homer in the second to cut the lead to two runs. A Grace and Emily lead off the 3rd inning with a couple of singles, they each advance on a passed ball and Krailyn hits a ball to the right side, which led to an error. Grace Scores from 3rd and the lead is cut to one run. Thunder rallied in the 4th inning and took the lead for good. The big moments in the fourth were; Savannah Owen led off the fourth inning with a double, Brianna Hoffman hits a single up the middle. Grace Spencer hits a single to right field and Kimora Phillips hard shot at the pitcher. Several wild pitch/passed balls and stolen bases added to the Forces Demise.

Savannah Owen took over in the circle in the second inning, she struck out five and gave up zero runs, which allowed the Thunder bats to stage the comeback.

Sunday brought a match up vs Washington Thunder 16u. Cyd in the circle Vs Rori. 18’s developed some plate discipline along the way, got their pitches to hit and scattered 14 hits along the way. Scout Abbott went 3 for 3 for the 16s. Grace Spencer was 3 for 3 and Kyleila Sanders was two for two. Alex Walters was credited for 3 RBIs and Krailyn Guymon had 5.

The semifinal game brought a rematch Vs AZ Force. Thunder goes up early only to lose the lead and go down 3-1. Thunder ties the game in the 4th and goes up for good in the 5th. Kassi Hamilton leads off with a single and two wild pitches later she is standing on 3rd base. Kyleila Sanders hits a single to left field scoring Hamilton from 3rd. Alex Walters follows up with a double moving Sanders to 3rd base. Hailey Brown grounds out to 2nd but Sanders scores and Thunder goes up 6-3. Force can muster no offense in their last at bats and Washington Thunder 18A advances to the championship game. Savannah Owen threw the entire game, she struck out 6 and had a WHIP of 1.20

The Suncats were undefeated going into the championship game and Thunder’s sole loss came at the hands of the Suncats. Hailey Brown threw a complete game, gave up 5 hits, struck out 4, she ended up with a WHIP of 1.0  went 3 for 4 at the plate and drove in 4 runs. Hailey had lots of help, Washington Thunder pounded out 13 hits. Kimora Phillips went 3 for 4 as did Kassidy Hamilton, while Emily Bryant went 3 for 3.

All three Washington Thunder teams ventured down to Phoenix for USA Softball’s Thanksgiving Qualifier Tournament. Our 18s have been going to Phoenix off and on since the 2008 Super Bowl tournament and most of the time Thunder has played well. Many of the trips to Arizona are for “showcase” events in which team play five games but most showcase aren’t bracketed and there is no championship game. However, this year’s event was a USA Softball National Qualifying event, which includes a championship bracket.

The 18s started off with a combined shutout of the Lil Saints. Cyd Jarvis started and threw the first few innings and Savannah Owen closed out the game. Cydney ended her portion of the outing with a WHIP of 1.0 and Savannah Owen ended her portion of the game with a WHIP of .50

Washington Thunder 18s batted around in the first inning Vs the Lil Saints, scoring 6 runs, which was fortunate because the Lil Saints shut Thunder down the remainder of the game.

Game two was a preview of the eventual championship game Vs AZ Suncats. Suncats also scrimmaged two Washington Thunder team on Friday night. Both Thunder teams were a mix of Thunder players from each age division. Washington Thunder failed to put together any offense and a couple of mistake pitches hurt the Thunder pitching staff. The combination lead to a 6-0 defeat for Washington Thunder 18A.

In the nightcap the 18s faced a very talented AZ Force 16u team. Early in the game the Thunder defense was poor, and Thunder fell behind 3-0. Alex Walters hit a solo homer in the second to cut the lead to two runs. A Grace and Emily lead off the 3rd inning with a couple of singles, they each advance on a passed ball and Krailyn hits a ball to the right side, which led to an error. Grace Scores from 3rd and the lead is cut to one run. Thunder rallied in the 4th inning and took the lead for good. The big moments in the fourth were; Savannah Owen led off the fourth inning with a double, Brianna Hoffman hits a single up the middle. Grace Spencer hits a single to right field and Kimora Phillips hard shot at the pitcher. Several wild pitch/passed balls and stolen bases added to the Forces Demise.

Savannah Owen took over in the circle in the second inning, she struck out five and gave up zero runs, which allowed the Thunder bats to stage the comeback.

Sunday brought a matchup vs Washington Thunder 16u. Cyd in the circle Vs Rori. 18’s developed some plate discipline along the way, got their pitches to hit and scattered 14 hits along the way. Scout Abbott went 3 for 3 for the 16s. Grace Spencer was 3 for 3 and Kyleila Sanders was two for two. Alex Walters was credited for 3 RBIs and Krailyn Guymon had 5.

The semifinal game brought a rematch Vs AZ Force. Thunder goes up early only to lose the lead and go down 3-1. Thunder ties the game in the 4th and goes up for good in the 5th. Kassi Hamilton leads off with a single and two wild pitches later she is standing on 3rd base. Kyleila Sanders hits a single to left field scoring Hamilton from 3rd. Alex Walters follows up with a double moving Sanders to 3rd base. Hailey Brown grounds out to 2nd but Sanders scores and Thunder goes up 6-3. Force can muster no offense in their last at bats and Washington Thunder 18A advances to the championship game. Savannah Owen threw the entire game, she struck out 6 and had a WHIP of 1.20

The SunCats were undefeated going into the championship game and Thunder’s sole loss came at the hands of the SunCats. Hailey Brown threw a complete game, gave up 5 hits, struck out 4, she ended up with a WHIP of 1.0  went 3 for 4 at the plate and drove in 4 runs. Hailey had lots of help, Washington Thunder pounded out 13 hits. Kimora Phillips went 3 for 4 as did Kassidy Hamilton, while Emily Bryant went 3 for 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thunder 14s Battery at Celebration Park


2019 NAFA Summer Nationals Champions


2017 NAFA Summer Nationals


2017 NAFA Summer Nationals Champions


We know that pose; Elly's dinger 2019 NAFA Homerun contest winner


2019 NAFA Summer Nationals All Tournament

Washington Thunder Softball

WASHINGTON THUNDER SOFTBALL

The philosophy which propels Washington Thunder Softball has four points of emphasis.

1. Player development

2. College exposure

3. National Championship qualification and participation

4. Fun

For this philosophy to work it is critical each of these elements are interwoven. The focus of our fall and winter program is softball fundamentals; however, our college exposure season overlaps our fall and winter workouts, which allows us to add our team dynamics. One of our goals as an organization is to always have our players preparing for a specific event. For fall and winter those events are largely college exposure tournaments spaced out from October to February. Even though we have participated in Triple Crown Sports and Nine Star events in Phoenix Arizona we are largely committed to USA Preps events in Eastern Washington, Las Vegas and/or Palmdale CA.

For the most part, Washington Thunder Softball doesn’t participate in tournament play during the high school season, which means Thunder has a busy June and July. Several of our tournaments have national championship births tied to them and the NAFA Western World Series in Oregon has been a yearly event for Washington Thunder since 2012.

None of the Thunder coaches are related to any of the players and all our coaches are current or former college coaches or are former college softball players. Our coaches have a high level of expertise in all phases of the game.

Washington Thunder plays a fun and exciting tournament schedule, getting better as a player is fun, winning is fun, getting to travel outside the Puget Sound region is fun and our coaches understand players play the game because it is fun. If you watch Thunder play you know the coaches are serious about playing well, but since the coaches are having fun it gives the players permission to have fun too.

 

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