Woolsey Taking The Next Step

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CENTRALIA, Wash.– First game out of the gate of the Fastpitch NW Showcase Tuesday at the Centralia Sports Complex, incoming Dallas sophomore Clara Woosley was named Game MVP, picked by the players of the opposing team.  Receiving the honor against the Idaho Ruby squad for her play defensively in the outfield. “I…

Enjoying The Moments

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CENTRALIA, Wash.–  For about three innings Tuesday afternoon at the Centralia Sports Complex in Centralia, the battery was Ebner-Ebner. McNary’s Hannah Ebner, at pitcher, and Heather Ebner, at catcher, were sharing the field once more as once more as they’ve had in years past.  Preparing for one last ride together as Celtics. “It’s…

Bittersweet Ending

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  The emotions were high for Stayton-graduate Jade Beaumont and the NW Vandals 18A-Dippel squad Saturday afternoon at the US Cellular Fields in South Medford. It was a bittersweet way to end the 18A Western Nationals after they wheeled off two stellar victories to get to the 1pm game against the…

Oly’s Go 1-1 In 14A Western Nationals Pool Play

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Wednesday afternoon’s tough 7-0 pool play defeat to the Silicon Valley Fusion of Mountain View, California was a good learning experience for incoming Silverton freshman McKenzee Petersen. The Oly’s 14U pitcher pitched the final three innings of the 14U Western Nationals Pool Play game, striking out three in the…

Dippel’s Last Ride

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  David Dippel has been known for his high-intensity and boisterous personality along the basepaths and in the dugout the past 15 years coaching.  This past Tuesday at the US Cellular Fields was no different. Cheering his NW Vandals 18A team against Oregon Blaze 16A squad in both team’s second…

Embracing The Grind

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  This summer has felt almost like an American Legion Baseball season for incoming West Salem Junior Brooklyn Corliss and the Oregon Blaze 16A with how often they have played.  Corliss joked that she’s been home maybe three nights this month alone as the squad went to Bend, Beaverton, the…

Stayton’s Ritchie Commits To Northwest University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  Stayton’s Cedella Ritchie will be joining former Eagle teammate Sydney Maurer at the collegiate level as she had committed to play softball at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington as a utility player. “I’ve always wanted to but now that it’s a reality I think I’m going to have a…

Aftershock Rally, Improves To 3-0 At NAFA Summer Nationals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@jmac1989 NEWBERG, Ore.–  One bad inning almost did the Salem Aftershock 16U squad in their 6-4 victory over NW Thunder 14U squad Friday morning at the Darnell Sports Complex. A series of events that featured four runs scored, three off errors, in a manner of a few pitches had the Aftershock wheeling down…

Perrydale’s Tompkins Walk-Off Seals 2-0 Start For Salem Aftershock

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NEWBERG, Ore.–  Even after a successful season with the Perrydale Pirates this past Spring, Jenna Tompkins admits that there’s work to be done with her game following her game-winning hit for the Salem Aftershock 16U squad Thursday afternoon. Being aggressive at the plate is something that she is still learning to…

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,…

Preparing For Senior Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com 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…

Rebels Rally By Ambush At 16U State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com 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…