By Jeremy McDonald
BEAVERTON, Ore.– The only thing that could stop the 2021 Region 9 Gold Qualifiers -16 & 18 tournament this weekend was that Oregon Spring weather. Sunday was ‘Championship’ day on the heels of a beautiful Saturday that saw 11 18U teams and nine 16U teams battling it out for a chance for a berth in the World Series in Virigina this year.
Here’s some highlights on how some of local Salem kids did:
NW Vandals 16U-Vasas- The squad went 5-1 and were up on the Oregon Blaze 16A 7-6 when the game was called. McNary’s Lacey Vasas had 15 strikeouts and drove in 6RBI’s on 3-for-8 hitting. South Salem’s Rowan Thompson had 13 strikeouts.
NW Vandals 18G- After losing to the Red Heat in the first round 6-2, the Vandals led by Head Coach Marie Scott won their next three games entering the rain out.
Oregon Blaze 16A West Salem’s Brooklyn Corliss was 2-for-7, drew five walks and had an RBI in three-plus games. Erica Edison struck out eight in 11 innings and only allowed five hits pitching.
Hillsboro Diamondbacks 18A Kennedy’s Jenna Hopkins had a two-run, inside-the-park homerun for the D’Backs while pitching four-and-two-thirds of one-run softball against the Bat Company 16G.
Oregon Rebels Gonzalez 16U-Heather Ebner was 5-for-8 with 4RBI’s in two-plus games. Silverton’s Justina Semerikov was 3-for-6 with 3RBI’s. West Salem’s Mia Zachary was 3-for-5 with 1RBI and a walk.
Bat Company 16G- Central’s Peyton Foreman was part of the squad’s 3-0 start to the tournament before the rainout. Going 1-for-2 with a stolen base in one game and saw two plate appearances in Sunday morning’s 3-2 win over the Hillsboro Diamondbacks, playing up in the 18-Gold Bracket.
Panther freshman Kaitlyn Brian showed why she’s going to be a big bat for Central this season. Hitting a pinch-hit three-run home run in the fourth inning against the Oregon Blaze, going 2-for-3 with a walk, single and a double with her 2RBI’s against the Gorge Thunder and hit the game-winning hit against the Hillsboro Diamondbacks Sunday as a member of the Bat Company squad.
At North Marion/NAFA
The Sprague Jr. Oly’s went 4-0 on the weekend, defeating the West Salem Titans 14U squad 13-1 in the Championship Game. McKenzee Petersen had 5RBI’s on 5-for-7 hitting and struck out seven in seven innings. Bella Gutierrez struck out seven in nine innings for the Oly’s on 4-for-8 hitting with 2RBI’s.
The Rampage(Figueroa) won the 14B/C Silver Bracket Sunday afternoon, defeating the Rampage(Fifer) in the title game.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald