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Team Impact/El Valle seventh at State tourney

WENATCHEE - Nick Uribe belted nine hits to help Team Impact/El Valle notch three victories at last weekend's State tournament in Wenatchee.

The Sunnyside team finished the National Softball Association state tourney with a record of 3-2. The local men's slo-pitch softball club played in the NSA's 'E' division, which limits each team to hitting just one home run per game.

Team Impact/El Valle recorded a seventh-place finish at State with its 3-2 record at the tourney.

The Sunnysiders lost their first game at State, a double-elimination affair, which dropped them into the loser's bracket.

Team Impact/El Valle came back hungry, though, blasting its way past Triple-A Ready Mix of Ephrata by a 23-7 score. Uribe had the hot bat against the team from Ephrata, going 4-for-4 at the plate. Teammate Timmy Briones came through big, as well, going 3-for-4 with a homer. Also notching three hits apiece for the winners were Joe Alvarado, Fidel Castro Jr., Anthony Palomarez, Lucas Ramos and Trey Serl.

The Sunnyside team made it two wins in a row in its next loser-out contest, a 12-3 decision over Top Side of Bellingham. Ramos had the one dinger allowed Team Impact/El Valle enroute to going 3-for-4 at the plate. Also with three hits apiece in the winning cause were Uribe, Dave Palomarez and Benny Ruiz.

Behind Alvarado's three hits, Team Impact delivered again when the Sunnyside team took the field against Master Pull of the Skagit Valley, coming away with a 15-4 victory. Lacing two hits each in the win against Master Pull were Uribe, Briones, Dave Palomarez and B.J. Palomarez.

Team Impact's attempt to get into the trophy round ended on Sunday, however, as the Sunnyside slo-pitch squad fell by a 15-5 count to The Crew of Everett.

The one other Sunnyside squad competing at last weekend's Class 'E' State tourney, which drew a field of 21 teams, was Team Crush, which posted a 1-2 record.

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