Lathrop softball comes up short in state championship

ANCHORAGE, AK-On the Cartee Fields in Anchorage for the ASAA First National Bank Alaska State Softball the Lathrop Malemutes concluded their historic year with a 10-2 loss in the championship game to East Anchorage.

The Malemutes worked to get the title game. East beat Lathrop 6-5 in extra innings for Lathrop's first loss of the season but the Malemutes bounced back with a tough 7-6 win over Juneau-Douglas to face East again in the title game for a grudge match in the double elimination tournament.

It was tied 2-2 at the bottom of the third but East went off with 7 runs in the fourth inning to secure the win. East finished with an unblemished 26-0 record and back to back state championships. Lathrop finished the season 21-2 winning 20 straight. Their only losses were to East in the state tournament.
Kacey Duffield, Ciara Olalde, and Tina Persinger were all-tournament selections for Lathrop. Shavona McClean was all-tournament for West Valley. West Valley finished with a 10-10 record after going 1-2 in the state tournament.

In the small schools state tournament bracket the Eielson Ravens finished in fourth place for the second year in a row.The Ravens finished 8-6 on the year after their 15-9 loss to Homer.

The Hutchison Hawks were eliminated in their first trip to state and finished with a 6-8 record. Mikaela Flowers of Eielson was the only Interior selection on the small schools all-state tournament team.

The Sitka dynasty continues as the Wolves beat their Southeast Conference rival, the Ketchikan Kings by a single run, 7-6, for their fourth straight state championship.