Sandlot softball team is state champion

The Sandlot team. Back row: Reggie Harris

Long-time Orcas mens’ softball team Sandlot has brought home the state championship trophy after a two-day tournament.

“It’s very competitive, and we take it seriously,” said team member Josh Mayson.

Sandlot has been playing tournaments every summer in Mt. Vernon and Ferndale for the past 10 years. This year’s team consists of Josh Claypool, Bobby Curtis, Joe Duenn, Cole Franklin, John Hamel, Reggie Harris, Mayson, Danny McAndrew, Jacob Myers, Tyler Nigretto, Tommy O’Rourke, James Segault and Josh Underdahl.

The Amateur Softball Association state tournament was Aug. 15 and 16 in Mt. Vernon. A total of 12 teams from across Washington participated. It was a double elimination format, and Sandlot won all three games on Saturday. On Sunday they played three games and lost only one. In the last game, Myers had a walk-off base hit with the bases loaded that clinched the win.

By winning this tournament, the team is hoping to represent Washington state during regional nationals in Medford, Ore., over Memorial Day weekend. The guys are raising money to help pay for expenses and tournament fees. Call 317-6394 to donate.

“We would love to represent Orcas Island  as the number one team in Washington state in our classification,” Mayson said.