Jr. Oly’s, Titans Show Resilience In Match-Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  For a young team, it’s good to see the fight and grit that they may possess. With Fall Ball getting under way and the Jag Labor Day Classic at Wallace Marine Park wrapping up Monday afternoon, the 14U Bracket third-place game featuring the Jr. Oly’s Pilgrim and the West…

Seeing Where They’re At

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  It’s been six weeks since their last competitive game and it’s their first with the mound three feet further back from the plate as they embark on their first Fall at the 14U level following the summer at 12U. The rust was there when they lined up against their…

No Chill. Frost, Vandals Take Salem Invite Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The sun was blaring into their dugout as the temperature hit 100 degrees Sunday afternoon at Wallace Marine Park. Cooling towels around their necks, mask on their faces.  Pounding water and Gatorade like a heavyweight boxer would mid-match. Ridgeview’s and Portland State-commit Allicitie Frost was drenching her head with…

Vandals Overcome Injuries, Reach Championship Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NEWBERG, Ore.–  They entered the Platinum Bracket Semi-Final round banged up, but they were ready to go. With how the NW Vandals 18U are playing entering the Championship game Sunday afternoon in the NAFA Summer Nationals Tournament, it’s hard to imagine that Thursday’s two losses happened. “As a team I feel…

NM Magic Split Friday Doubleheader

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.– The bats came through when they needed to for the NM Magic 06 14U on home turf Friday evening in their pool opener against the Newberg Ambush 14U. The squad found themselves playing on the Varsity field at North Marion High School following the cancellation of their tournament in…

Vandals 12U Goes 2-1 In Grueling Stretch

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Playing morning games are tough.  Mix in playing three games at 8am, 10am and noon and it’s a long day. For the NW Vandals 12U squad, during those three games they went 2-1. Overcoming a slow start in their breakfast game to defeat the Oregon Blaze 11-9.  The bats…

Lady Dragons 14U Rebounds For Third In Gold Bracket

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NEWBERG, Ore.–  Heartbreak sucks.  But it’s how you respond that makes you better.  Makes one great even. The Dallas Lady Dragons 14U squad, down to their last three outs in the game in the seventh inning down two to the Tigers Rage 14U, tied it up at two to force extra’s…

Dallas Lady Dragons Bring Home Hardware

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NEWBERG, Ore– It was a matter of digging deep in the mid-day heat at Jaquith Park Sunday afternoon for the Dallas Lady Dragons 14U going up against the Blaze. It was the end of their third week of games and the defense just ended the Blaze threat, which scored two runs…

Tough Defensive Battle To End Pool Play

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NEWBERG, Ore.–  It all you could hoped for.  A 2-0 14U game that felt like a High School playoff game to end the day. The NM Magic 06 14U found themselves on the losing end of one of the most intense games them or the Oregon Thunder 14U probably played this summer, …

NM Magic 06 14U’s Rally Halted By Washington

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NEWBERG, Ore.– Call it first-day, first-game jitters but the NM Magic 06 14U found a way to end their first pair of games back in action with a rally of rallies. It was a matter of time before their offense came around for the 14U squad Sunday afternoon at the Darnell…

The Dallas Duo

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.– There were only two Seniors playing on the Dallas softball team this year. Two friends who would come into the Dragon softball program and saw it come together as it did. Zoe Whitlow remembers her and Madi Friesen’s freshman year with Dallas when Friesen slide into home against Silverton…