Juneau’s Kayla Balovich and Randi Held played for the All-State Gold softball team called “907” in July and August. The 907 players were all members of the last four teams standing at the 2013 ASAA state softball tournament. Team 907 competed in, and won, the Western National Tournament in Oregon, one of the highest ranking tournaments in the nation. Standing left-to-right: Sydney Smith (East High), Pauline Tufi (West), Taria Page (East), Morgan Hill (East), Kayla Balovich (JDHS), and Devonne Troutman (West). Kneeling l-r: Lauren Syrup (West), Payge Scanlon-Boswood (Lathrop), Heather Breslin (Bartlett), Kacey Duffield (Lathrop), Randi Held (JDHS), and Gabby Meyerson (East). The team was managed by Alaska Amateur Softball Association commissioner Rod Hill, who is also the West High coach, and assistant was Lathrop High coach Bill Duffield. Team 907 won the Amateur Softball Association’s 18-under B western national championship in Salem, defeating the San Francisco Explosion 8-0, the Yamhill (Ore.) Tigers Rage 8-4, U.S. Energy of Wyoming 18-0, East Vale (Calif.) All-Stars 12-0, Oregon Chaos 9-1, Oregon Reign 9-1 and Oregon Chaos 12-3 in the title game, giving them a 7-0 record in the tourney. Three 907 players (Page, Syrup, Hill) were on the 2012 Nunaka Valley world championship team. Tufi led 907 with a .600 average with 15 hits, 18 RBI, five home runs and 10 runs scored and will play on a full scholarship at Louisiana Tech. Balovich and Held will be back for their Crimson Bears’ senior seasons.
Posted September 10, 2013 12:00 am - Updated September 10, 2013 12:01 am