By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– It was their final pair of games Sunday in Dallas at the Lyle Softball Sports Complex.
The Cascade ITE squad were looking for a way to end their summer season off right coming off of a Spring in which they didn’t play and a upcoming Spring really uncertain of if they’ll get to play or not as they took to the diamond one last time.
Jaimy Bangert led the charge in the four-team bracket opener in the Dallas Just For Fun Tournament Sunday afternoon. The incoming Junior had hit a granny, a grand slam, and drove in 9RBI’s on 3-for-3 hitting against the NW Thunder 14U to help the team get back on track after a tough pool play day Saturday.
“That was really exciting, it really got my confidence up because a Grand Slam, that’s kind of big for me,” said Bangert, who went 4-for-7 on the day.
“It definitely helped the team stay up and (have) energy throughout the day,” adds Hannah Walliman.
Just as Bangert had cooled off against the revenge match against Chehalem Valley Impact 16U, Walliman stepped up with her bat and her pitching. Her pitching especially kept the Impact at bay as her offense explode out to a 7-0 lead entering the fifth inning as the incoming Junior struck out eight in six innings of work, bridging the first game into the Championship Game.
“I think after we played the first team and getting giving up one run to them I think it gave us the whole team confidence that we could take the whole tournament,” said Walliman.
Chehalem Valley picked up two quick runs in the fifth in the seven-inning game, an RBI double from Chole Voong and an single from Kate Weber. The ITE answered with a Mckenna Gramzow RBI double in the bottom half of the fifth inning and Mackenzie Dysinger would force the run-rule with an RBI Single in the bottom of the sixth to end the game 9-2.
As they gathered around for a picture around their first-place trophy, a sense of accomplishment was there considering they started playing again during the Fourth of July weekend and barely a month later had won a tournament. Leaving no regrets about this summer moving forward into the unknown.
“I’m glad we did it. I’m sad that our High School season got canceled, but I’m glad I still got to come out and play with my friends,” said Walliman.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald