Anastasia Stepankowsky
West Seattle's Kit Lui (15) slides into second base. Lui was called safe on the play.

SLIDESHOW: West Seattle pulls off second mercy-win of the season

West Seattle baseball team sent a signal to the league Friday after a 15-5 mercy-rule win over Cleveland Friday afternoon. They’re in the hunt.

It was the Wildcats’ (3-1-1) second mercy-rule win this season following last week’s 12-0 drubbing of Rainier Beach. But West Seattle head coach Velko Vitalich isn’t ready to judge his team’s real strength.

“Rainier Beach and Cleveland are inexperienced teams, and they’re trying to establish programs,” Vitalich said.

West Seattle starter Jamie Maples struck out five in two innings of work. With a secure lead, Vitalich sent relievers Jordan Paskett and Daniel Kemp to finish the last four innings. Vitalich said he was conserving his pitching rotation for a crowded upcoming schedule.

“We have a game Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. All hard games. So we’ve got to space out the pitching and see how that goes. Trying to save some arm,” Vitalich said.

Cleveland pitcher Jack House had control problems all afternoon, and the Eagles had trouble fielding any sharply hit ball.

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West Seattle's Aminah Williams relishing first opportunity to play in NCAA women's basketball tournament

By Bob Sims

It has been a long time coming for Aminah Williams and the Washington women's basketball program.
Washington has made the NCAA tournament, the Big Dance, at last. After an eight-year wait.
The Huskies team gathered at Husky Stadium's Touchdown Terrace with family and fans Monday to watch the NCAA "Selection Show," letting out joyous yells when they learned they were picked the No. 6 seed in the Oklahoma City Region in the prestigious 64-team tournament.
"I was an awesome atmosphere, to have family and fans there who have supported us from the start," said Williams by phone Thursday afternoon from her team hotel in Iowa City, Iowa. "My parents (Guy and Monique Williams of West Seattle) were ecstatic. ... It's great to have this feeling as a senior, to be experiencing the NCAAs tomorrow for the first time. I love it."
Washington (24-9) plays No.11 seed Miami (19-12) at 9 a.m. Friday in Iowa City. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast on 1150 KKNW AM radio and 1150 kknw.com.

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Anastasia Stepankowsky
Pitcher Gabby Wenn prepares to hit the ball hurled by Kennedy Catholic pitcher Sofie Wimer.

West Seattle beats Kennedy Catholic 5-1 in pre-season jamboree

By Anastasia Stepankowsky

West Seattle pitcher Gabby Wenn only allowed one run and kept the strikeouts coming as the Wildcats took a 5-1 win over Kennedy Catholic in a short preseason jamboree Saturday at Southwest Athletic Complex.

While Wenn pitched with mid-season sharpness, the Lancers’ hurler Sofie Wimer struggled with the strike zone. She walked several batters, threw several wild pitches and struck a batter. The walks put the Wildcats in good scoring position throughout the afternoon.

West Seattle plays at Bethel at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Kennedy Catholic plays at Holy Names at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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