The ’08 Flame 12U Black Team is a team of motivated, talented, and amazing girls who are from the Greater Eastside area of Seattle. This is the first year these girls have all played together and, for many of them, this will be their first year playing at the 12U level for select softball. Many of them have had success in the past playing on other select softball teams as well as various Little League All-Star teams. The ’08 Flame 12U Black Team is ready to compete, compete, compete and have a ton of fun with their teammates and coaches along the way!
H.E.A.P. = Hustle. Encourage. Aggressive. Positive.
Kirk Sperry (Head Coach)
Played baseball at Lake Washington HS (sophomore and senior years took 3rd place in State) while also playing legion baseball for Kirkland Pepsi and EBC (Eastside Baseball Club). Assistant Coach for KB Purple 10U team in 2018. Coach (both head and assistant) in Issaquah LL for last 5 years including 2019 Issaquah 8/9/10 All-Star team (unofficial role). Coach (both head and assistant) in Issaquah LL Baseball for last 3 years. Also, a coach (both head and assistant) for various flag football teams in i9Sports, Pick6 Sports, and Issaquah Youth Football for last 3 years.
Casey Ruess (Manager/Asst. Coach)
Played varsity HS baseball and college basketball on scholarship. Coach (both head and assistant) in Redmond LL for last several years including 2019 Redmond 8/9/10 All-Star team (took 2nd place in State tournament). Casey also coaches his two daughters in both rec soccer and rec basketball.
Brieanne Baumann (Assistant Coach)
Played for Issaquah HS (senior year took 2nd place in State) as a 1st Team All Kingco Catcher and Scholar Athlete for multiple years, while also playing select for Sammamish Heat, Marysville Magic, and Olympia Heat. Recruited and played for University of Ohio as a Catcher. Head coach within Issaquah LL for last 5 years.
Crystal Whitehead (Assistant Coach)
Played for Lake Washington HS Varsity Fastpitch Softball (sophomore, junior and senior years) and was named 2nd Team All Kingco Right Fielder twice. Played with the Ladyhawks 18U team for 2 years.
Russell Sheldrake (Assistant Coach)
Non-parent coach who is a semi-pro cricket player and a Microsoft employee (eligible or Microsoft Volunteer Grant Program). Russell also currently coaches both youth soccer and youth cricket teams.
- Abby Cleveland #7
- Addy Ruess #24
- Anna LeMay #42
- Elise Roe #55
- Jenna Wittman #5
- Julia Cady #3
- Kati Cygan #9
- Lauren Warden #1
- Lily Tausch #4
- Mia Perez #10
- Riley Baumann #15
- Sydney Sperry #11
- Taylor Cady #26