By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It was just one of those weekends for the Aloha Breeze 18A where everything just went right.
After a tough summer, it seemed as if the travel softball team got out of their own heads and just played ball. When they did, it looked pretty dang solid as they came out of the NW Fall Wrap-Up 4-0 on the weekend at Wallace Marine Park in West Salem.
“I think we did really good with not being able to practice with the virus and the air quality, but we really came through,” said South Salem’s Alley Isaac. “We struggled a lot in the summer because we were getting into our heads and we just came together and did what we had to do.”
Isaac went 3-for-6 with 6RBI’s on the weekend and pitched three innings with a strikeout as the Breeze outscored their opponents 40-10 over the four game stretch coming off of their 1-1 weekend at Wallace last weekend. Their closest game was a 7-2 victory over the Oregon Blaze 16A Saturday afternoon.
Ellie Martin led the Breeze with eight RBI’s, a grand slam on four hits as the team returns to Wallace Marine Park next weekend to play in the Cherry City College Exposure Tournament. The tournament initially was scheduled for September 19-20, but was pushed back to October 3 and 4 due to air quality from the recent wildfires in the region.
With the Breeze riding a 5-1 stretch after starting Fall ball 1-5, the Breeze will be looking to continue this hot-hand into the tournament and seeing what will happen.
“We’re just going to reflect on how we did this weekend and see what we did right and not get back into our heads anymore,” said Isaac.
West Salem’a Talia Perez, who joined the Breeze this Fall after playing with the Salem Aftershock over the Summer, was 5-for-7 with 3RBI’s in the four games. Pitching two innings striking out two. Haleigh Cofelt led the Breeze pitching staff with nine strikeouts in 11-and-a-third innings pitching.