Preparing For Senior Year

By Jeremy McDonald

CANBY, Ore.– Following her first-team Oregon West Conference and second team 4A All State team, Cascade’s Hannah Walliman has been building upon her successful Junior Year in preparation for her Senior Year this Summer playing with the Oregon Rebels 16U-Gonzalez team as a pitcher and Infielder.

The 16U Canby Open Scramble gave the incoming Cougar Senior an opportunity to continue to put in work as she pitched a complete game, six-strikeout performance in the Rebels 6-2 Silver Bracket victory over the Oregon Wild 05 Sunday in Canby.

“This is helping me a lot because I’ve been seeing a lot better competition than in High School moving up and I’m learning to call my own pitches and control my own game which is really good.  I think it’s going to help me a lot going into my Senior Year,” Walliman said.  “I’m feeling way more confident doing all of that.”

Walliman last weekend at the Sunset Sports Complex in Beaverton was signaling to her catcher which pitch she was looking for pitch-after-pitch as she looked at the game from a strategic perspective with the Summer season wrapping up over the next few weeks.

Walliman loading up for a pitch Sunday afternoon at the Maple Street Park (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“It was awesome, I love doing it because I like having control and having an opinion and our coach understands that.  He makes me feel more confident because I watched him call other pitches and like mine, I like doing it because I like the control of the game,” Walliman said.

Walliman pitched twice in the Canby 16U Scramble, going four innings with five strikeouts against the Eugene Lighting ’05 16U before bouncing back in the Silver Bracket Championship game with her going seven innings with the six strikeouts.  Fatigue sank in for her and her defense late after jumping out to a 6-0 lead after three and holding the spread steady going until the seventh where the Lighting scored twice as they prepared with the 16U Western Nationals in Medford next weekend.

“After the first couple batters I kind of pinpoint my weaknesses.  They had a tough time with the screwball and with my curveball they missed a few times,” Walliman said.  “After I see a couple of batters, I start seeing what I should throw.”

Silverton’s Marin Bliss hit two home runs Sunday while going 7-for-13 with 7RBI’s.  The Foxes Mila Perez struck out 13 pitching while going 7-for-9 with 2RBI’s.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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