Hitting heroics, pitching problems combine
Walks and blasts help create 21-14 Marlins win in Junior softball game
The 21-14 score of Saturday's Madras win over Warm Springs was deceptive. No football was played in the contest.
Kevin Urbach coached in Allen Hurley's absence as Madras's team in the Junior division of Little League Softball of Central Oregon closed their season with the win on Saturday.
Members of both teams of 13- and 14-year-olds will begin a session of all-star practice as the Jefferson County team at some time this week. Since the Little League national guides allow leagues to name all-star teams during the week of June 16 there should have been calls received by all members of the team by now.
Madras wore the colors of the Florida Marlins this spring.
The team was scheduled to play a Redmond team and Bend team before meeting Warm Springs twice this week. Those games fell on the heels of a June 7 win over the Redmond Yankees.
A combination of players and coaches from both the Marlins and the Warm Springs team will play as Jefferson County.
Those listed on the roster for the Marlins that was used most the season include: Britney Lindgren, Alysha Urbach, Danielle Palmer, Hannah Haugen, Krista Schmidt, Katie Johnson, Sarah Leutwiler, Holly Martin, Melissa Preston, Krista Haugen, Jessica Glaspie, Andrea Marcotte, Kealey Smith, Michaela Alire and Katie Fox.
Trying to retain an edge over that group of potential all-stars with a win Saturday will be a solid Warm Springs roster including: Shirelle Adams, Lorien Stacona, Jenny Van Pelt, Alyssia Meanus, Crystal Thomas, Destry Begay, Samantha Kalama, Alyssa Dee Selam, Chantel Clements, Samantha Pennington and Reggie Clements.
Saturday's action was in jeopardy of being cancelled, noted Urbach, who had to arrive late. But getting in one last game for her players was therapeutic, it sounded, for Warm Springs coach Lana Leonard.
"Our girls were starting to get better. We didn't win many games, but we kept most of them close," she said.
After being ahead in nearly half their games in the third or fourth inning, Leonard noted, Warm Springs collapsed again Saturday. They chipped away to tie the game at 14-14 after once trailing 12-5. But, a Black Bear explosion settled the outcome.
A seven-run sixth inning ignited by walks to Urbach and Lindgren sparked the Marlins' 21-14 win.
Krista Haugen, who was the winning pitcher, helped drive in Lindgren and Martin in the Marlins' seventh. Marlin had filled the bases.
More contact by Preston and Smith kept the Marlins' seventh alive.
The selection of the all-star team was expected to be complete by early this week as practice begins for the district tournament the Junior all stars from Jefferson County will begin playing in on the weekend of July 4 to 6 in Redmond.