Come out and support your NW Wildfire!
Date: Wednesday, January 22
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Location: RoundTable Pizza | 15402 E. Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley
RoundTable Pizza is donating 20% of pizza sales to NW Wildfire between 5pm and 9pm.
In addition, we will be hosting a raffle; drawing will be at 6pm. Each $5 raffle ticket will enter you in a drawing for one of the following:
- 1 – Set of 2 Adult Lift Tickets at Lookout Pass
- 2 – Set of 4 Tubing Tickets for Mt. Spokane (we will draw 2 times, each winner gets 4 Tubing Tickets)
- 3 – $50 Gift Card to Quantum Mechanics (we will draw 3 times, each winner gets $50 Gift Card)
- $30 Gift Card to Eagles Ice Arena
- $25 Gift Card to Big 5 Sporting Goods
- 3 Month Membership to Anytime Fitness – $150 value
You don’t have to be present to win a raffle item, but you do have to purchase a ticket prior to the drawing at 6pm. Raffle tickets can be purchased from players anytime prior to the event, or at RoundTable Pizza on Wednesday, 5-6pm.
Come on out and support the U-16 team at their car wash on Oct 12th, from 9:00-noon in Post Falls at the Post Falls Car Wash. This is located off Highway 41 and Mullan. For those with a sweet tooth, there will also be a bake sale.
October 6, 2013, the U-16 team coached by Todd Walker and Mike McDowell, was victorious in the Northwest Ladyshark Mike Richdale Memorial tournament in Kent WA. With only nine gals on the team for the weekend, everyone played every minute. Way to go, ladies!!!!
Tryouts for 2014 U-16 and U-18 will be August 25th, 10:30-12:30 at Post Falls High School. Please contact Todd Walker with questions at (509) 590-7776.
On Jan 10th Coach Brandon Guindon and Tony Williams will take the 14U to one of the nations top locations for Girls Fast pitch Softball. They will play in Snowball College Exposure event put on by Surf City Softball. ”We have a great group of kids that are working hard to reach their goals. Our parents are very committed to helping their daughters get the opportunity to play some of the best teams in the country”. Coach Tony Williams said. Results of this tournament will be posted later to the site.
The sun was shining (mostly), but the wind was blowing for the first tournament that the 12U Wildfire girls attended in the Tri-Cities the weekend of April 9/10.
On Saturday, the Wildfire girls beat the Spokane Scream (14-2) and Seattle Fastpitch Club (13-4), but went down to a well-oiled A-team Woodinville Reign Impact team (1-11). Sunday morning the girls lost to Ferndale (4-8), but then went on to win in their next two games against Team Faith/Leffner (10-7) and Team Rampage (13-4?) – (not official – last 3 games had not been documented upon this posting).
The 10-U Red played in the Umpire Blue Tournament in Tri-cities this weekend (3-26 & 27) going 4-1. After winning all 3 games on Saturday they split on Sunday losing a close one 3-2 against the Walla Walla Explosion. Saturday’s games wins were 17-2 VS Washington Angels, 7-3 VS the La Grande Lightning and 17-3 VS the Moses Lake Rattlers 01. After losing to the Explosion they came back and won 7-4 VS the Moses Lake Rattlers 99. Great Start Girls!!!
The Northwest Wildfire went 5-1 and won twice in the championship round to win the state 10-and-under championship in Caldwell.
The Wildfire beat the Coeur d’Alene Crush 15-7 and 16-9 in the championship round.
The Wildfire opened with a 14-0 victory over the Caldwell Burn, as Reilly Williams and Ashley Fernimen teamed for a no-hitter. The Wildfire beat the Southern Idaho Ice 9-0, then lost 11-8 to the Crush. The Wildfire beat the Southern Idaho Ice 13-0 to earn another shot at the Crush in the title round.
Williams struck out 52 in 27 innings for the Wildfire. Capriel Halliday went 14 for 19, Jenna Bassett 13 for 15, Katie Kastning 11 for 18.
See full article: http://www.cdapress.com/news/sports/article_201944c4-7a33-5c37-9379-460a0c490b1b.html
OWENSBORO, Ky. — The local weather forecaster said it was going to be steamy on Wednesday, but the Northwest Wildfire were downright hot, blasting Compuware from Michigan 17-2 in five innings to win their first game at the 16-U “A” ASA National Tournament.
Jessica Ulrich went 3 for 4, homered twice and drove in six runs for the Wildfire, who closed with seven runs in the fifth inning. Ulrich had a three-run shot in the first inning and an two-run blast in the fourth.
“We wanted to get all of our people in and get used to the humidity. It is sweltering hot and it takes some time to get used to,” Wildfire coach Greg Kraft said. “It’s a good one to open on and get used to playing at the national level. We’ve played a couple since we got here, but it counts from here on out.”
Lela Work went 3 for 4 at the plate and went the distance in the circle. Work threw 65 pitches in five innings, struck out eight, scattered two hits and didn’t walk a batter.
Jessica Kraft drove in three runs and Brittany Waide and Jamie Hall had two RBIs apiece.
The Northwest Wildfire will play the Running Rebels from Southern California today.
Wildfire 600 47 — 17 15 0
Compuware 200 00 — 2 2 4
Lela Work and Brittany Waide; Megan Smith, Emily Shaw (5) and Emily Pitcole. W — Work. L — Smith.
HITS: Wild — Jessica Kraft 2, Blake Meredith, Amanda Edwards, Jessica Ulrich 3, Lela Work 3, Waide, Jessica Luppinacci, Jamie Hall 2, Brianne Joseph. Comp — Hasselbach, Pitcole. 2B — Meredith, Hall. HR — Ulrich 2, Pitcole.
Saturday, Aug 02, 2008
Owensboro, Ky. — Blake Meredith hit a home run, but it was not enough as the Northwest Wildfire fell to Georgia Impact Black 7-5 late Friday in a loser-out game at the 16-U “A” ASA National Tournament.
On Thursday, the Wildfire suffered their first loss of the tournament, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Running Rebels out of California. Northwest’s Lela Work fired six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings and hit a double.
The Wildfire survived their first loser-out game early Friday by defeating the Heartbreakers from Pennsylvania. Northwest’s Meredith and Jessica Ulrich combined for nine strikeouts while giving up three walks and seven hits. Amanda Edwards stroked three hits for the Wildfire and Brianne Joseph and Jessica Kraft added two apiece.
The Wildfire finished the tournament with a 2-2 record in bracket play and finished in the top 50 nationally, tying for 49th.
By MARK NELKE • Sports editor
Four local standout pitchers, three of them aces on their high school teams, are happy to join forces on a talented summer league team seeking exposure to colleges nationwide
Two of them are pitchers, the other two throwers who are quickly learning to become pitchers.
There’s the quiet one, the encouraging one, the one they call “Red” and the one whose hitting has drawn almost as many raves as her pitching.
Three of them were aces on their high school teams, the fourth a newcomer biding her time.
But they all have two things in common — they don’t mind sharing the load, and they want to be seen by college recruiters.
Amanda Edwards (Coeur d’Alene High), Blake Meredith (Post Falls), Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston) and Lela Work (Lake City) are pitching together this summer for the Northwest Wildfire 16-and-under softball team, which is preparing for the ASA national tournament next week in Owensboro, Ky.
“We have a team,” Wildfire coach Justin Kloczko said. “It comes all the way from our pitching staff to our position players to the kids that are role players. Everybody’s happy for each other. Nobody’s wishing anybody bad luck like sometimes you have on other teams.”
Meredith, Ulrich and Work played together last summer on the Spokane Sliders. Edwards pitched for the Wildfire last year. For each tournament they have a rotation, though it’s not the same rotation each time, they pretty much divvy up the innings equally.
Why does this work? How do pitchers used to being the one that shoulders most of the load during high school ball be willing to share the wealth in the summer?
“We all get along pretty well; we all understand what Justin is trying to do for us,” Work said. “It seems to be working.”
“We’re all pretty much grounded,” Edwards said. “We all get along, so it’s good. Having four good pitchers, it makes all of us want to play better to do our best, because we all kinda push each other.” SHAWN GUST/Press From left, Jessica Ulrich of Lewiston High, Lela Work of Lake City, Blake Meredith of Post Falls and Amanda Edwards of Coeur d’Alene form the pitching staff of the Northwest Wildfire 16-and-under fastpitch team.
“We all have really good personalities that just go together,” Meredith said. “Everyone is not about themselves, it’s about the team.”
Plus, it’s nice when the team has four games in one day and one pitcher doesn’t have to throw all four.
“It’s just great to feel that it’s not all on you all the time,” said Ulrich, who is called “Red” by the Wildfire coaches.
Edwards transferred to Coeur d’Alene just before her junior year from Trail, British Columbia, where she attended nearby Rossland Secondary School. She lives with her uncle, Brian Edwards. Her cousin, Matt Edwards, is a lineman on the Coeur d’Alene High football team. She pitched in roughly one-third of the Vikings’ games this spring.
“I came down here by myself because I wanted to play high school ball, because we don’t have it where I’m from,” she said.
Prior to summer ball, she had never met the other three pitchers on the Wildfire.
“She’s really quiet,” Work said. “She throws really hard. She’s tall and intimidating, but once you get to know her, she’s just the sweetest person.”
Edwards usually plays first base when not pitching. During the recent state tournament, she hit three home runs.
“I got a new bat and it just clicked for me,” Edwards said. “It felt better; it’s heavier.”
She switched to a 34-inch, 26-ounce bat, one she bought at the beginning of summer ball. She had been using a 33/23.
“I just felt like it, and it was on sale,” she said with a laugh. “It just felt right, and it didn’t feel heavier, it was weighted nicely. It just had more pop so I just stayed with it, and it’s been working good ever since.”
Meredith, the lone lefthander of the bunch, pitched in the majority of Post Falls’ games this season. On the Wildfire, she also plays first or in the outfield.
“It’s been nice, because if you know you’re having a bad day, you know they’ll be there to pick you up,” she said of her pitching teammates.
“She’s like one of my best friends,” Work said. “She’s just a really good pitcher. She throws hard and has a lot of movement. She’s a lefty, and that helps a ton. She’s just a good person, too.”
“She’s always laughing or making a joke, loving life,” Edwards said.
Meredith’s planning an unofficial visit to Upstate College in South Carolina, and other schools have sent letters of interest.
Where would she like to go?
“Somewhere hot would be nice,” she said.
Ulrich helped Lewiston qualify for state for the first time since 2001. To get there, the Bengals beat Lake City, which made it a little awkward afterward since she and Work had become such good friends last summer with the Sliders.
Perhaps that’s why Kloczko instituted “the rule.”
“We have a rule during summer ball that you can’t talk about school ball,” Ulrich said.
Growing up, Ulrich played summer ball in Lewiston, but opted for the Sliders last year and the Wildfire this year to get more exposure to colleges nationwide.
“She throws the ball really hard, and she also picks you up when you’re down,” Meredith said.
Ironically, in the recent state ASA tournament, the Wildfire played a Lewiston team in the title game, and Ulrich pitched against four of her high school teammates.
“I really wanted to bring it that game,” she said. “It was kinda cool to get to play them but then again, it was kinda weird.”
Work played third base her first two years at Lake City, and plays third when not pitching for the Wildfire. She moved to shortstop for the Timberwolves last spring, but didn’t get much playing time there as an injury to Lake City’s other pitcher put Work in the circle most of the last half of the season.
“It’s nice to see everybody get their fair share (of pitching time), and everybody get their exposure,” Work said. “It’s nice to have that break sometimes, and play third a little bit.”
After the state tournament a couple of weeks ago, Work went to California as a pickup player for a Las Vegas team in a tournament. While there, she was invited on an unofficial visit to Cal State Northridge, and they have invited her back for an official visit. She’s also heard from Mississippi Valley State.
She’s the one who keeps everybody else up.
“She’s like the welcoming party,” Edwards said. “She’s just happy-go-lucky, and never has a bad thing to say.”
“Lela has really good movement, and she’s always happy,” Meredith said. “She picks you up when you’re down.”
Kloczko, who coached the Wildfire 18-U team to a “B” national championship last year, said he was trying to assemble the best players he could to face the toughest competition they could find. There will be hundreds of college recruiters at nationals, and the Wildfire will be competing against some 140 teams in the 16-U division.
“Every kid’s different,” said Kloczko, who has been an assistant coach at South Carolina-Spartanburg, Cal State Fullerton, California (Pa.) and UNLV, and head coach of ASA teams around the country. His current job — he’s a business development rep at First American Title in Coeur d’Alene — brought him here.
“Amanda’s a hard thrower, more of a thrower that’s learning to be a pitcher,” Kloczko said. “Lela’s a pitcher, Blake’s a pitcher, and “Red” is a thrower too. They’re both learning more and more pitches but they’re hard, and the other two mix hard with off-speed pitches.”
All but one of the rest of the players are from North Idaho high schools — Brittani Waide (Lake City) at catcher, Bri Joseph (Post Falls) at second base or center field, Jamie Hall (Lake City) at second base, Jessica Kraft (Coeur d’Alene) at shortstop or third base, Jessica Lupinacci (Coeur d’Alene) at shortstop or center field and Ulrich or Richael Paxson (University High in Spokane) in right field.
So far, so good. Except for their qualifying tournaments, the Wildfire played 18-and-under teams, and went 15-2 against them. For the season, Kloczyk estimates they’re 35-5.
“I picked and chose kids that I thought could get along, and would bring no cancer to the team, and so far I’ve been lucky,” Kloczko said.