Vandals End Stars ‘n’ Stripes Tournament With Strong Showing

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonal73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– A day after the NW Vandals 16U and 18U squads faced off in the Stripes Bracket Championship, the 14’s joined their older counterparts Sunday when they played in the Blue Bracket Championships at Wallace Marine Park. Coming off holding off a late charge against the Corvallis Lady Knights-Westby 6-4,…

Vandals 16U Defeats Vandals 18U In Stripes Bracket Championship

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore–  Call it a comeback LL Cool J. To make the all NW Vandals finale plausible Saturday night, the Vandals 18U dug deep down 7-1 to wheel off nine unanswered runs to stun the Clark County Breeze. The power bats of the oldest squad featured home runs by Central’s Mariah…

NW Vandals 14U Holds Off Bat Company For Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It wasn’t necessarily their best stuff, but they did finish Saturday’s pool play at the Stars ‘n’ Stripes Tournament with a win. The NW Vandals 14U, coming off a close 4-2 defeat to the Trickel 14U Lady Kingers Saturday morning at Wallace Marine Park, saw incoming Sprague sophomore Stella…

Hyre, Vandals 18U Belt Five Homers

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– With the Fourth of July just right around the corner, the NW Vandals 18U squad brought out the fireworks in the Stars ‘n’ Stripes opening day Friday morning with their bats. The Vandals, in their first day back on the diamond, launched five home runs in pool play; three…

Covalt Returns, Wilsey Strikes Out Five

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.– Torn labrums are no fun. Surgery. Recovery. Getting cleared and the green light to return. The process sucks. But, as the summer softball season kicked off for the NW Vandals 16U Saturday at Keizer Little League Park, McNary’s Abbi Covalt returned to the diamond with her squad nearly a…

The Power Of Social Media In Sports

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– As many coaches, high school and college, and athletic administrators tell their student-athlete’s ‘be careful of what you do with social media.  It could help or harm you down the road’. But with the time of uncertainty with Coronavirus and sporting events being postponed and/or canceled, some High School Teams…

Vandals Go 2-1 In First Day Of Bracket Play

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Travel softball can be a mixed bag sometimes.  You can’t really tell how your opponent is early on in tournaments until you are in between those lines playing the game. For the NW Vandals 16U squad, three of their first five games of the 18U Western Nationals tournament at…

Combs Coming Back Online, Vandals Go 2-0

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The last two week in Colorado and Utah, Philomath’s Kamden Combs has been slowly coming back into form. The two-time Oregon West Conference Pitcher of the Year for the Warriors the last two years had been battling bicep tendonitis and the always difficult Mono that has limited the incoming…

NW Vandals 16U Compete In Valley Invite’s Toughest Division

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.–  Head Coach Marie Scott wanted to give her girls the toughest challenge possible when she entered the NW Vandals 16U team in the Division-I Upper Bracket against some of the toughest 18U squads that came to Hillsboro Stadium for the Valley Invite this weekend. The Vandals won two games…

Davis’ Hit Leads Vandals To Championship Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore.–  There was a feeling perhaps that one of these games would happen in their first softball tournaments of the season. Yes the NW Vandals 16A squad defeated the 18A Havoc Fastpitch squad 18-10 for the Portland Classic Gold Bracket Championship Game the very next game, but their 10-9 victory…

Vasas, Burnham Leads Vandals 14U Defensive Charge Monday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Pitching and defense helped the NW Vandals 14U rebound after a tough first game Monday morning against the Bandits in the opening round of the 16/18U Gold Bracket-play. Even in that opener, the opening four innings of Alli Parker’s start were strong as the Vandals and Bandits were knotted…

Thompson Wins Return After Surgery

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—It’s been a while since seventh-grader Rowan Thompson took to the pitching circle prior to Sunday’s game against the Oregon Thunder-Flores 14U team to wrap up Pool Play. Last Fall, Thompson had a ball bounce off her knuckles and went to her knee, tearing the Menicus in the joint that…