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Oregon Breeze wins 12A state softball title

The Oregon Breeze swept six straight games to win an ASA State Championship last month in Junction City.

The Oregon Breeze, a 12-and-under softball team based out of Beaverton and featuring players from all over western Washington County, swept six straight games to win an ASA State Championship last month in Junction City.

The Breeze lost 3-1 in the first round of the state tournament to the Lady Titans of Salem, but rallied to win their next four elimination games - 13-0 against Rip City, 8-0 against Silver Bullets, 8-3 against Indians Fastpitch and a vindicating 6-3 victory against the Lady Titans in the semifinals.

That set up a two-game state championship showdown against the undefeated Rip Tide. The Breeze picked up a 10-3 victory in the first game of the finals but fell behind early in the deciding contest.

The Rip Tide jumped out to a 3-1 lead in Game 2 of the finals and held it going into the seventh inning. That's when the Breeze came to life, scoring five runs to take the lead. The Rip Tide responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh, cutting the margin to 6-4, but Breeze pitcher Bailey Marshall worked out of the jam with a ground out.

Marshall pitched 26 innings over the weekend with a 0.81 ERA, and Stella Preston threw 16 innings, compiling a 1.75 ERA. Angie Harter led the Breeze offensively with four triples and seven RBIs, and Abby Williams drove in seven runs as well. Mary Schorn, who will attend Banks Junior High in the fall, also finished the tournament with seven RBIs.

The team is coached by Gary Hoops, Tracie Hansen and Mike Schorn.