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…

NW Vandals 14A Holds Off Canby Rebels 14A For Gold Championship

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BEAVERTON, Ore.– For a team playing up, most of them being between sixth- and eighth-grade going up against some High School Freshman, the NW Vandals 14A team found themselves in their second Championship Game in their second tournament of the season. Having gone five games behind great defense, the bats of…

NW Vandals 16U Finishes Second at South Valley Triple Crown Tournament

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  Their day started at 6:45am when they came to US Cellular Fields in South Medford Sunday as they won their first game of the day 8-0 over the Sandy Thunder to face one of their toughest challenges in the tournament with the NW Batbusters Lever at the South Valley…

NW Vandals Storm Back For Western Nationals Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  The challenge was right out in front of them for the Western Nationals Title and they had to go about it one-pitch at a time and one game at a time. That’s because, unlike their Oregon State Championship in the 14A Division in Medford a few weeks prior in…

One Of Three Teams Left At Western Nationals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  And there was three. The NW Vandals wanted to be in this situation entering Sunday, but maybe not in the spot they enter Championship Day in Southern Oregon. Faced with a solid Colorado Angels-Supercynski squad in the Championship Semi-finals bracket, the Vandals from the Salem-area were hoping for a…

NW Vandals Advances To 14A Western Nationals Semi-Finals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  The NW Vandals were facing some pushback from the Five Cities Screaming Eagles 14U squad Friday afternoon at US Cellular Fields in the 14A Western Nationals quarterfinals. Holding a 2-0 lead on the Screaming Eagles, Five Cities began to pressure Kamden Combs (Four Innings, Four Strikeouts) and her defense…

NW Vandals Win 14A State Championship

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  They came out with a passion and fire in the winner-take-all 14A State Championship game against Bat Company Thiry, NW Vandals wanted revenge for BC squeaking by them 2-1 about 20, 25 minutes earlier as they lined up on the hot turf at US Cellular Fields one last time…