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Tualatin Terror takes second at state tournament

by: submitted photo TERROR-IFFIC — Members of the Tualatin Terror include (top row, from left) Coach Penny, Coach McPherson, Coach Newton, Coach Laird, Coach Gomez, (middle row)  Danielle Nickel, Marin Penny, Eva Newton, Megan Talbert, Andrea Gomez, (front row)  Kayla Laird, Reagan Holmes, Hailee Swiger, Maddy Schweimer, Gabby Pinto and Lilly McPherson.

The Tualatin Terror, a team of 10-year-old girls from Tualatin, placed second at the ASA 10U A/B State Championship in Springfield.

In its first game, the Terror jumped out to an early lead against the Wildcats from Canby and never looked back, winning 16-0. Kayla Laird, Lilly McPherson and Hailee Swiger combined to pitch a two-hitter in shutting out Canby. Marin Penny led the offensive charge, going 4-for-4 with a home run, and Andrea Gomez added more punch, going 2-for-3 while Maddy Schwiemer had a 2-for-2 outing at the plate.

In its second game, the Terror made quick work of the Silver Bullets, beating them 12-2. Gabby Pinto provided the offensive spark the Terror needed to break the game open. She battled the Silver Bullets pitcher to a full count, fouling off six straight pitches before hitting a two-run double to right center.

'It was a pivotal at-bat for us because we had girls in scoring position and we needed for something to happen. It was the hit that turned the game and broke it open,' coach Scott McPherson said.

Tualatin was down 1-0 when Pinto got her hit, allowing Tualatin to score four times and take the lead for good.

Game three proved a little tougher, but the Terror battled to an 11-9 win over the Saboteurs. Megan Talbert was the offensive spark, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Penny, Gomez and Eva Newton added two hits each.

Tualatin lost the semifinal game to the OC Nightmare, the eventual champion, setting up a match against its crosstown rival, the Tigard Blast.

'We were nervous to play them because we have had trouble with them all year,' pitcher Lilly McPherson said.

But the nerves never got in the way - Tualatin played a near-flawless game, allowing one run on one error, beating the Blast 2-1, and sending Tigard home with third place. Danielle Nickel had the key hit and eventually scored the go-ahead run on Penny's hit to take the lead for good in the fifth. Reagan Holmes provided a key defensive play in the third to stop a Blast scoring threat.

Tualatin didn't fare as well against OC in the second game, losing 6-1 and taking second at state.

'It was a great weekend for ASA and for our girls,' Scott McPherson said. 'They have worked hard all year in the gyms and it's good to show the girls that hard work pays off. They will remember this for a long time.'

Tualatin will finish its season with a trip to Fresno, Calif., for the Western Nationals in August.

Tualatin Terror is coached by Wayne Laird, Michael Newton, Lelo Gomez, Derrin Penny and Roy Swiger and managed by Scott McPherson.