By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– The Oregon Rebels 16U-Hadden team were just hitting their stride entering this past weekend in Colorado when the Firecracker Tournament was canceled three games in.
Sitting at 3-0, they were looking to do some serious damage in bracket play when the cancelation came down; but nonetheless the squad carried their momentum over to Thursday evening’s unique game with the NM Magic 16U squad at North Marion High School.
Magic and Huskie alumni Neil Forste, since taking over the program in the Fall, has taken a liking to these individual seven-inning games. High School ball pretty much. A nice change of pace from the two-hour time-limits of tournament ball as both teams started the scrimmage trading zeros.
“It’s pretty nice. A lot of us have come from our High School teams, so everyone brings that different coaching with them but it’s definitely nice to have a chill game instead of feeling like a bunch of pressure,” Silverton and Rebels Marin Bliss said.
Bliss went 2-for-3 with 4RBI’s. Teammate Taylor Hadden had a game-high four hits as Cascade’s Hannah Walliman, Pressley Ritz and the Foxes Mila Perez combined for the seven-inning no-hitter.
The trio struck-out 11 total batters in the process as both teams prepare for 16B State next weekend with the Oregon Rebels taking the game 10-1.
“Definitely our offense. Being more aggressive at the plate and not swinging at the balls going over our heads” incoming North Marion sophomore and Magic pitcher/infielder Ava Shaffer with a smile. “It’s good since we’re all going to see them moving into High School and State next weekend, we’re going to see pitchers like that.”
“We all complement each other pretty well. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses. I think we did really well,” Walliman said of their pitching staff. “Our first couple of tournaments were kind of rough and last weekend in Colorado we really shook it off and our pitching is coming along really nicely.”
Shaffer struck out one in four innings of work. Kaylee Allen pitched the final three innings in the circle for the Magic, who’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth off a sacrifice hit.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald