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West Plains Bandits finish third in Summer Classic softball tourney


Byron Pavao

The West Plains Bandits 14U team are back row left to right: Assistant coach Phillip John, coach Joe Cheevers, Grace Lilje, Glori Cheevers, Kaitlyn Kinzel, Taylor Pavao, Alex Steinmetz, Sarah Mayer, Taylor John, head coach Byron Pavao and assistant coach James Kinzel; center row left to right: Rachel Barsness, Makayla Tamietti, Lexi Gonzalez and Hannah Petek; front: manager Claire Dormaier. Not pictured: Hailey Hostetter.

After competing in their first tournament of the 2014 summer softball season, the girls of the West Plains Bandits 14U club know they have work to do to become a championship-caliber team.

They also know they are really close to that goal, coming one win shy of playing for the Gold Division title in last weekend's Spokane Girls Fastpitch Softball Association's Summer Classic. The Bandits won their first four tournament games Saturday and Sunday at Spokane's Dwight Merkel Sports Complex before ending their run with a loss to the Ellensburg Canes, finishing third overall.

"I asked the girls a...

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