building the foundation- PAST ALUMNI
(Back Row) BELLE DEOLIVEIRA, TAYLOR DEROUEN, ASHLEY BUHNER
(Front Row) CAMRYN SNYDER, ASHLYN ROBERTS
Belle will be attending & playing softball for Ithica College
Taylor will be attending Loyola Marymount University
Ashley will be attending Washington State University
Camryn will be attending & playing softball for the University of California Santa Barbara
Ashlyn will be attending & playing softball for University of New Mexico
#12 ASHLEY BUHNER
#1 BELLE DEOLIVEIRA
Ashley started her softball career at age 8 playing for Eastlake Little League and played on three ELL All Star teams. During her time at Eastlake Fastpitch, she was a member of the 2019 KingCo 4A Tournament Championship team that advanced to state. Ashley was voted Most Improved Player as a Freshman, Outstanding GPA (Sophomore and Junior), and Team Captain (Sophomore and Senior). Her favorite softball memory is going to state in 2019.
When asked what her first impression of Ashley was, Coach Stephanie said “I remember how light hearted and enjoyable Ashley was to be around. She had a competitive yet calm presence about her. I knew she was going to be coachable and an absolute joy to coach.” One of Coach Stephanie’s favorite memories of Ashley was when she asked to stay after practice one day with her and Coach Brian to work on her hitting. They were able to have one on one time with her, and it highlighted her incredible work ethic. It was fun to watch her swing improve and how strong she got! Coach Brian added “Ash listened, applied, and got better every single time.” Coach Stephanie said that Ashley was always an amazing teammate and always wanted what was best for the team. She has a great sense of humor and has a great mix of sassiness and fun! She had a way of having fun with practices and games, but also working incredibly hard. Coach Brian says that Ashley is a great team player, upbeat all the time, and worked very hard.
Ashley will be continuing her education at Washington State University in the fall. She will likely play intramural softball while she is there, as the game will always be part of her life. While at Eastlake, Ashley also played soccer all four years (and received a number of team awards). She is not only an athlete, but is also a talented artist. Ashley is a member of the American Sign Language Honor Society (Junior and Senior) and recognized as Wolf of the Month – Art (December 2019).
Special messages for Ashley:
Never lose your kind and optimistic spirit. You are a bright light on this planet and people are lucky to know you! Also, please never forget about your former coach and counselor . –Coach Stephanie
Keep being you! – Coach Brian
Dear Ashley, It has been a joy watching you grow up playing this game. It’s unimaginable and heartbreaking that it ended this way, but we know that you have an amazing future with your steadfast perseverance. Have courage and always be kind. We love you! - Mom & Dad
Congratulations, Ashley. Eastlake Fastpitch is proud of you!
Belle started her career playing T-ball with the boys at age 5 in Virginia, before moving to Washington and joining Eastlake Little League. She was on both the 2013 ELL Majors team that were District Champs and advanced to Regionals in San Bernadino, CA as well as the 2015 ELL Juniors team that were State Champs and went to Regionals in Tucson, AZ. Belle has competed in a number of State and National tournaments at the Select level. She was a member of the 2017 and 2018 Eastlake Fastpitch teams that were 4A Academic State Champions and the 2018 and 2019 teams that won the 4A KingCo District Tournament and advanced to State. Belle was awarded KingCo First Team Outfield her freshman year and KingCo Honorable Mention her junior year. Belle was team captain her junior and senior year.
When asked what her first impression of Belle was, Coach Stephanie said “I met Belle at her freshmen tryout and remember Coach Crowder saying to me, ‘She is the future of your program and a first team freshman outfielder.’ Turns out, he was right! I remember how insanely athletic she was, and how I couldn’t believe she was only a freshman.” Coach Stephanie’s favorite memory of Belle was when she was awarded a captain as a junior. You see, Belle can be very quiet, but her leadership and accountability are loud. She loves that her teammates recognized this, and it couldn’t have been more deserved. Coach Brian’s favorite memory is the complete confidence in her play. When the ball was hit in her general direction, she had it completely handled. Coach Stephanie said her favorite thing about Belle is how committed and accountable she is to her teammates. She was always one of the first players at practice, and one of the last to leave. She constantly helped the coaching staff, doing all the little things that made a big difference. Coach Brian said his favorite characteristic is that Belle is one of the hardest working players he have ever coached. Quietly leads by example, and has the total respect of her teammates and coaches.
Belle will be continuing her education at Ithaca College in New York and will be playing NCAA Division III softball in the Liberty League. While at Eastlake, she was a member of the National Honor Society.
Special messages for Belle:
When the grind of college softball seems daunting, remember the little girl who fell in love with the game. Lock arms with her throughout your career at Ithaca College! – Coach Stephanie
Enjoy the journey, have fun, you are awesome! – Coach Brian
Dad and I missed watching you play your last season at Eastlake this spring. We hope you have a great Freshman year at Ithaca. Hope we get to watch at least one game. Dad and I have enjoyed watching you play the last 13 years. We have watched you work to become an excellent softball player and grow into a wonderful young woman. We are so proud of you and eager to see all the great things that are yet to come for you. – Belle’s Mom, Maura
Congratulations, Belle. Eastlake Fastpitch is proud of you!
#18 TAYLOR DEROUEN
#11 ASHLYN ROBERTS
Taylor started playing T-ball at age 5 before switching to softball. She was a member of the 2018 Eastlake Fastpitch team that was 4A Academic State Champions and the 2018 and 2019 teams that won the 4A KingCo District Tournament and advanced to State. Taylor was awarded KingCo Honorable Mention and was also on Scorebook Live’s 2020 Worth Mentioning list for top corner infielders in Washington State. Taylor was team captain her senior year. Her favorite memory during Eastlake Fastpitch is winning the 2019 KingCo Championship Game.
When asked what her first impression of Taylor was, Coach Stephanie said “I remember watching Taylor at tryouts in 2017 and thinking how athletic she was. She had one of the prettiest swings on the field, and I knew she was in for a fun 4 years!” Coach Brian said his first impressions was her great arm, a solid mitt, and as fast as can be, what a great addition to the team! Coach Stephanie said her favorite memory of Taylor was watching her settle into the role of our first basemen and 3-hole hitter during the 2019 season. The team needed her to step up to this task, and she did an amazing job. She had one of the highest batting averages in the entire league and had a golden glove at 1st! Coach Brian’s favorite memory is how fun it has been watching T develop as a leader, both for her team and of herself. Her flexibility on playing position was instrumental in the 2018 and 2019 KingCo Titles, and took a lot of skill, confidence, and determination to be successful at multiple positions. One of Coach Stephanie’s favorite things about Taylor is how compassionate she is. She is always supporting her teammates and coaches. She is an incredible human being with a heart of gold. One of Coach Brian’s favorite things is Taylor is always working on being a better player and team mate, never giving up.
Taylor will be attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA looking to major in Biological Sciences. While at Eastlake, Taylor also played soccer for 2 years and did gymnastics for 1 year. Taylor will graduate Eastlake with a 3.95 GPA.
Special messages for Taylor:
Always remember to be kind to yourself. You are a gem on this planet and it has been an absolute honor getting to know you these last four years. I was lucky to watch your leadership and confidence grow into something special. – Coach Stephanie
I hope you will always believe in yourself as much as we believe in you. – Coach Brian
We loved watching Taylor grow and develop as a player, building friendships, and learning about teamwork, commitment, and the rewards of hard work. Remember you are capable of amazing things! – Mom and Dad
Congratulations, Taylor. Eastlake Fastpitch is proud of you!
Ashlyn started playing softball in first grade, developing her love of the game over eight seasons in Eastlake Little League. She played Eastlake LL All Stars at each level and was on the 2015 ELL Juniors team that was State Champs and went to Regionals in Tucson, AZ. Ashlyn competed in a number of State and National tournaments at the Select level. She was a member of the 2017 and 2018 Eastlake Fastpitch teams that were 4A Academic State Champions and the 2018 and 2019 teams that won the 4A KingCo District Tournament and advanced to State. Ashlyn was awarded KingCo Second Team Designated Player her sophomore year. Ashlyn was a team captain her senior year. Her favorite memories from Eastlake Fastpitch were pitching at State and playing in her first game back after overcoming her injury in 2019.
When asked what her first impression of Ashlyn was, Coach Stephanie said “I remember watching Ashlyn pitch during a Little League game. I remember thinking, ‘I am so lucky that I get her next year!’ She was incredibly consistent with her pitches, and I knew I was fortunate to have her.” Coach Brian’s first thought was “I am so happy to see a lefty”. Coach Stephanie’s favorite memory of Ashlyn was when she came up clutch in the 2018 KingCo Championship. While she was primarily a pitcher, she helped the team at the plate in numerous clutch situations—especially during this game. She drove in 2 runs to take the lead, and the smile on her face as she reached first base gives me chills as I am writing this Coach Stephanie also added another favorite was “the time I sent Ashyln home from 2nd base to home and yelled, ‘Giddy-up!’ She gave me the most terrified look as to how I could possibly send her. BTW—she was safe!“ Coach Brian said his favorite memory was watching Ashlyn steal bases. Coach Stephanie’s favorite thing about Ashlyn is her incredible work ethic. ”I have never met a player who commits to improving each day, like Ashlyn does. It is apparent that she loves the game of softball, and she is always looking to raise the bar!” Coach Brian said his favorite characteristic is Ashlyn’s complete dedication to overcoming a tough injury in 2018, all while remaining a loud and excited supporting voice to the rest of the team.
Ashlyn will be continuing her education at the University of New Mexico and will be playing NCAA Division I softball for the Lobos. While at Eastlake she was a member of the American Sign Language Honor Society.
Special messages for Ashlyn:
Never lose sight of your passion for the game. You are an incredible softball player and an even better human. I cannot wait to watch you continue to college ball and am so lucky to have coached you! - Coach Stephanie
Best of luck in College, now go make some noise! – Coach Brian
We are so proud of your perseverance and ability to take advantage of every opportunity provided. Continue chasing your dreams. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. – Mom and Dad
Congratulations, Ashlyn. Eastlake Fastpitch is proud of you!
Camryn started her softball career at age 7, playing for Eastlake Little League. She was a member of the 2017 and 2018 Eastlake Fastpitch teams that were 4A Academic State Champions and the 2018 and 2019 teams that won the 4A KingCo District Tournament and advanced to State. Camryn was awarded KingCo Honorable Mention her freshman year, KingCo First Team pitcher her sophomore year, KingCo Second Team pitcher her junior year, as well as being a team captain her senior year. Her favorite memory from Eastlake Fastpitch is the fun bus rides.
When asked what her first impression of Camryn was, Coach Stephanie said “I met Cam for the first time when she was pitching in the softball center during the off season. I remember thinking, ‘I am lucky to have her for the next 4 years!’ I also remember the connection she had with her dad (he was catching her on his bucket) and it reminded me of me and my dad when I was in high school!” Coach Brian’s first impression was “This girl reminds me of a newborn colt, all legs and energy ”. Coach Stephanie’s favorite memory of Camryn was the last pitch she threw in the in the 2018 KingCo Championship. “After she struck the last batter out, she had the most intense glove pump that gives me chills as I am writing this!” Brian’s favorite memory was the same pitch “and the chaos that followed.” Coach Stephanie said her favorite characteristic of Camryn is her goofy personality and love for softball. As competitive as Cam is, she has a goofy and fun personality that keeps the game light. Her love for softball shines through in her work ethic and play. Coach Brian’s favorite characteristic is she is always singing and dancing to her own tune, occasionally ‘bustin’ a move’ at the oddest times, so refreshing.
Camryn will be continuing her education at the University of California Santa Barbara and will be playing NCAA Division I softball for the Gauchos. While at Eastlake, she was a member of the soccer team her freshman year as well as a member of the National Honor Society.
Special Messages for Camryn:
Never stop loving this sport! You have an incredible 4 years ahead at UCSB and I want you to always remember why you started playing softball (even when you are conditioning ). Also, never, ever lose your competitive spirit on the mound and amazing glove pumps. – Coach Stephanie
Chart your own course in life, you can do anything! – Coach Brian
Loved watching Cam’s competitive fire throughout the years. Hard work pays off, and we are so proud of you and excited for the next 4 years! – Mom and Dad