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AUBURN, Wash. - Auburn Riverside softball coach Bryce Strand had a shoot-for-the-stars idea for an in-season invitational tournament back in 2018.

He wanted to invite all reigning WIAA champions to play in his home complex.

But the idea grew to a much bigger field for the annual Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational.

The three-day-over-two-weekends tournament concluded Saturday with 14 games played, which involved three 2020 state champions in Jackson (4A), Montesano (1A) and Adna (2B).

But what makes this format unique is that each school gets two games against a program from a different classification, which is how a 3A Bellevue played a 2B Pe Ell/Willapa Valley and a 4A Puyallup matched up against a 1A Tenino.

Here is a photo gallery from the final day of the Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational:

Tenino vs. Puyallup at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Puyallup vs. Tenino at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Yelm vs. PWV at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Jackson vs. Yelm at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Emily Baxter, Tenino softball, class of 2022
Puyallup vs. Tenino at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Gracie Ream, Puyallup softball, class of 2025
Yelm vs. PWV at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
PWV vs. Yelm at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
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Yelm vs. PWV at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Yelm vs. PWV at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Olivia Matlock, PWV softball, class of 2022
Puyallup vs. Tenino at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Puyallup vs. Tenino at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Puyallup vs. Tenino at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Puyallup vs. Tenino at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Emily Baxter, Tenino softball, class of 2022
Jackson vs. Yelm at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Yanina Sherwood struck out 255 batters in 164 innings in 2023 for the Jackson Timberwolves.
Jackson vs. Yelm at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Jackson vs. Yelm at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational
Bellevue vs. PWV at 2022 Auburn Riverside Fastpitch Invitational

(All photos by Todd Milles)