By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It was a All-Oregon Titan match-up in the Gold Bracket of the Memorial Day Invitational at the Wallace Marine Sports Softball Complex Sunday evening to close out the festivities of the long holiday weekend.
For the Titans 12U “A” team coached by Jamie Vasas, the squad found themselves in the Championship game as the girls were playing up and were facing the team they have such a tight bond with in the Titans 14U “A” team having practiced with the team on a regular basis.
“I think they did awesome, any time we play up and make it to the Championship Game is great,” said Vasas with a smile. “I mean it was a success no matter what happen in this game, but I thought they played really well and I can’t be any happier.”
After their warm-ups, there were still a few minutes to kill, so the girls went out to the diamond and did some form of a dance off with one another.
“That’s just the fun and loose part of the game, just getting going with it from the start,” smiled and laughed the 14U’s and West Salem High School Freshman Maison Searle.
The game itself was fun, both teams know each other’s tendencies as the younger bats got the first hit while the older sister of the two squads got the first run of the game.
“Oh it’s really cool, not only are we the same organization but this is the team we practice with all the times so it’s kind of cool. We know their signs, they know ours but we just came out and had fun, it was great,” said Vasas.
Both team’s competed hard, Vasas’ 12U team held the hot bats of Head Coach Marie Scott’s 14U one big inning in the second inning when Abbi Covalt (pass ball), Aliah Wilsey (two-run single) and a throwing error brought Mackenzie Scott in for a 4-0 lead.
Mya Ortiz drove in the lone run for the 12U squad as Lacey Vasas challenged the 14U batters from the circle in relief pitching. The 14U too had their defensive plays with Kami Gibson in the circle, following up Wilsey’s 10 strikeout performance in Sunday’s first game of the day with a four hit performance to go with a nice Scott play at home to prevent a run from crossing the plate against the 12U squad.
The 14U squad would ultimately walk away with the victory, and with medals being handed out to both teams, the 12U and 14U squads were taking pictures with each other with both preparing for the season to come this summer.
“Well offensively, knowing what’s coming at the plate getting ready and expecting everything,” said Searle who had two hits in the Championship game Sunday evening. “Defense, just know where you are going and communicating with each other and just get ready to play.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald