By Jeremy McDonald
BEAVERTON, Ore.– It was a difference in approach Friday afternoon at Sunset Sports Park in Beaverton for both the Oregon Rebels-Hadden 16U and the Newberg Ambush 16U.
The 16A/B State Tournament started and both the Rebels (3-2 to Salem Aftershock) and Ambush (17-11 to Frost Elite-Paige) each dropped tough openers when they faced off.
“I think we could’ve overcome (in the first game), but we were just tired and everything,” Silverton’s Mila Perez said. “After we got that under our belts, we overcame and came together as a team and showed what we really could do.”
Perez pitched the first five-and-two-third innings of the Aftershock game, striking out four before Cascade’s Hannah Walliman came in for the final out. Walliman pitched all three innings of the Rebels 19-1 win over the Ambush as Newberg struggled to time out the Cougar pitcher in front of them.
“The first game we did very well, we did a lot of hitting this week in practice so we were really out for hitting,” said Amity’s and the Ambush’s Kylie Kendall, who went 1-for-2 in the game. “We were all there hitting and then our break happened. But I felt like we could’ve done a lot better this game if we were more focused and in the game.
“We still have the rest of the weekend and we can do better tomorrow.”
The Ambush did collect four hits in the game against the Oregon Rebels as they faced the Oregon Titans 16U squad back at Sunset at 11am.
Walliman 3-for-3 with 2RBI’s. Perez went 2-for-6 in the two games, going 1-for-3 in each game. Caitlin Cougoe and Taylor Hadden was on fire, going 5-for-8, 2RBIs and 4-for-7 with 4RBI’s respectively as the Rebels played the NM Magic at 9am with four games ahead of them to reach on Sunday.
“That’s going to be the biggest thing, just not getting too ahead of ourselves and just taking it one step at a time. Just coming together as a team,” Perez said.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald