It’s only May, but already the Storm is champions … of Underdog Co-ed Softball at Queen Anne Monday/Wednesday. Playing its inaugural season at West Queen Anne Playfield, located between the Storm’s Interbay business offices and KeyArena, the softball team swept through the regular season undefeated at 6-0 then won both ends of a double-header Wednesday night to lay claim to the title.
After a comfortable victory over the C-Hawks in the first game, the championship game against the Da Bad News Bears was a thriller. Though the Storm led almost throughout, Da Bears brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh inning before the final batter grounded out to second baseman Lisa Nielsen to complete an 18-15 Storm victory. Friends, family members and Storm co-workers in the stands exploded as the team celebrated on the field.
Shortstop Tom Adamski was voted MVP for his inspirational return after taking a ground ball to the face early in the game, leaving him bloodied but not beaten. Pitcher Mike Monroe went the distance to earn the victory, getting plenty of sparkling defensive play from third baseman Navreet Gill and left fielder Sean McLain, among others. The hot bats of Gentry Davis, Zach Habner and Justin Whitehall led the team’s explosive offense.
The championship roster: Tom Adamski, Amanda Bonner, Jennifer Carlson, Gentry Davis, Navreet Gill, Zach Habner, Matt Heuer, Derek Long, Sean McLain, Kelly Mayeda, Mike Monroe, Lisa Nielsen, Eileen Norton, Kevin Pelton, Steven Washington and Justin Whitehall.