Washington Angels Fastpitch Softball Team Dedicates Season to Te - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA

Washington Angels Fastpitch Softball Team Dedicates Season to Teammate

Posted: Updated:
  • Prep SportsHigh SchoolMore>>

  • 2014 High School Football Schedule on SWX

    HS Football Broadcasts

    Check inside to see the broadcast lineup for the 2014 high school football season on SWX! This year promises to be the best year yet for SWX, with games viewable in HD in many areas around the region.More >>
    Check inside to see the broadcast lineup for the 2014 high school football season on SWX! This year promises to be the best year yet for SWX, with games viewable in HD in many areas around the region.
    More >>
  • Former Bullpup Sankey Scores TD In First NFL Game

    Former Bullpup Sankey Scores TD In First NFL Game

    Sunday, August 10 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-08-11 03:22:47 GMT
     Former Gonzaga Prep Bullpup Bishop Sankey made the most of his first NFL game.More >>
     Former Gonzaga Prep Bullpup Bishop Sankey made the most of his first NFL game.More >>
  • Washington Angels Fastpitch Softball Team Dedicates Season to Teammate

    Washington Angels Fastpitch Softball Team Dedicates Season to Teammate

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:20:09 GMT
    The Washington Angels fastpitch softball team is playing with a purpose this summer. They're heading to the national tournament in Salem, Virginia later this month, after winning "State for Kate." More >>
    The Washington Angels fastpitch softball team is playing with a purpose this summer. They're heading to the national tournament in Salem, Virginia later this month, after winning "State for Kate." More >>
PASCO, WA - The Washington Angels fastpitch softball team is playing with a purpose this summer.  They're heading to the national tournament in Salem, Virginia later this month, after winning "State for Kate."  They dedicated the win to their teammate Kate Austin, who passed away last month.

"It was awful, I couldn't believe it. I thought we'd gotten together to talk about some team issues, and then everyone was there and I found out, and we all just started bawling. It was terrible," Angels team member Tawny Becker said.

That team meeting was only a few weeks ago, but for the Angels, it feels like another lifetime. That was the night they found out their teammate, Kate Austin, had passed away.

"We sat for an hour and talked to them, tried to help them through the grieving process. Remembering the good times and all the positives that Kate had on everybody's lives," said Angels head coach Rob Dilger.

Any athlete will tell you that a team is like a puzzle, and they'd just had one of their most positive pieces taken away.

"The goofy side that helped keep the team up. There's always the serious people who want you to focus on it, but you need that side of you to keep it light and to remind you that it's just a game. That's what Kate did," Becker said.

But the summer was just beginning.  So, with a grace beyond their years, they dedicated their season to Kate and the Austin family to "Win State for Kate."  On Sunday, that's just what they did.

"She was definitely there. It was different and sad, but to know that I could feel her there, her presence, was amazing," Becker said.

But their journey isn't done.  Next weekend, they're headed to the national tournament in Virginia.   As much as they want to win, they say the journey isn't really about softball.  It's about coming together.

"If they didn't have softball in their lives, and weren't playing for the cause, for Kate, I don't know if any one of these girls could have handled it by themselves. We're embracing it. Keeping it in mind. Our unifying this year: play for Kate. Our motto this weekend was 'State for Kate.'  Keep her in our minds and to play for her as one," Dilger said.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and SWXRN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.