Overcoming The Challenges

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

CANBY, Ore.– The long, quick summer that is Travel Softball has slowly caught up to the Oregon Rebels-Gonzalez team. 

With some minor bumps and bruises however, the squad went to work this past weekend on the heels of their five-game journey through the lower bracket of last weekend’s 16A State Bracket, winning the Canby 16U Open Scramble Gold Bracket Sunday.  A 15-0 dominate win over the Lady Knights in five innings at Maple Street Park as they embraced the adversity thrown their way.

“We did pretty good.  Our goal was to win every inning so score as much as we can in every single inning and get ahead early, dominate that way,” McNary’s Heather Ebner said.

The Rebels had four players battling through injury this weekend in preparation for the PGF tournament in Huntington Beach, California next weekend.  Ebner played shortstop and was part of a 6-4-3 double play before West Salem’s Mia Zachary switched to shortstop from center field.

Zachary sent two shots deep to the outfield, one of them nearly went over the fence for a Grand Slam; but settled for a three-run double as the incoming Titan Junior drove in 4RBI’s in the Championship game as the squad rolled out a few different lineups this weekend.

McNary’s Heather Ebner throws to first base as part of a 6-4-3 double play during the championship game against the Lady Knights 16U squad in Canby (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“It was fun, I knew I was going to get tossed around because we had a lot of injured people,” Zachary said.  “I played infield at High School and knew I was going to get thrown into the infield which I haven’t done in a couple of months.  I’m confident that we’re able to switch our lineup.  We can use all of our pitchers and they can throw very well.

“We can bring our outfielders into the infield and trust that they’ll get a ball.  We can put our infield into the outfield and they’ll know how to catch a pop-fly, I trust our whole team that we can go play other positions than what we’re most comfortable with.”

The Celtics Hannah Ebner and McMinnville’s Mackenzie Bekofsky each had 3RBI’s each.  Bekofsky threw a five-inning, five-strikeout no-hitter and gave up one hit in seven innings pitched for the Rebels over the five games.  Bekofsky and Heather Ebner each hit a home run.

Sprague’s Stella Puckett and Ali Ginsbach each had an RBI in the Championship game.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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