Softball: The TC girls have a lot of fun on their way to getting a win in the 9-10 title contest
PORTLAND - Excitement.
Loads of fun.
And a championship.
The Tualatin City Little League ages 9-10 all-star softball team, smiling bright, enjoyed all of that last week.
Tualatin City powered its way to the District 4 crown, scoring a 17-7 win over Willow Creek in the district tournament title game played Friday at Alpenrose Dairy.
'I'm really psyched,' Tualatin City's Brooke Clinton said after the game. 'I'm super excited. It's super crazy and a lot of fun.'
'It's really exciting,' Camille Hall added. 'All of the coaches said we could pour water on them if we won.'
Tualatin City, which won all three of its district tournament games, became the first TC softball team to win a District 4 all-star tourney title since 2003. And, with that title, Tualatin City advances to play in the Oregon Little League 9-10 State Tournament, which starts July 23 at Sheldon High School in Eugene.
'The girls worked hard for this,' Tualatin City manager Joey Hall said. 'Our big motto was 'put the pennies in the bank in practice and then spend them during the game.''
Tualatin City, in Friday's tourney title contest, found itself facing a quick 3-0 deficit, as Willow Creek, getting a double by Brittney He, scored three runs in the top of the first inning.
But it didn't take Tualatin City long to answer back, as it scored five runs in the bottom of the frame.
Camille Hall, who drew a walk to lead off the inning, scored TC's first run, stealing home as part of a double steal. Clinton also stole home on a double steal, cutting the Willow Creek lead to 3-2.
Tualatin City tied the game at 3-3 when Ella Hillier scored on a bunt single by Lindsay Stadick. Lilly Marshall scored on a throwing error and Stadick scored on a wild pitch to give TC a 5-3 lead at the end of the first inning.
Hillier and Kendra Zuckerman both scored for TC on wild pitches in the second inning to up the lead to 7-3.
Tualatin City then broke the game open in the third inning, scoring seven times in the frame. Rachel Peters walked and Riley-Anne Hoffman was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. Then, following a wild pitch, they both came around to score on a single by Hall to make the score 9-3.
Hall and Clinton both scored later in the inning on a single by Hillier to up the margin to 11-3. Hillier then came home on a bunt single by Marshall to make the score 12-3. Marshall scored on a wild pitch and Zuckerman came home on a passed ball to up the cushion to 14-3 at the end of the inning.
Willow Creek scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to trim TC's lead to 14-7.
But Tualatin City again answered back.
Hall walked to lead off the bottom of the fourth and she ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Clinton and Hillier walked and Marshall had a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Zuckerman then walked, brining in Clinton to make the score 16-7. Hillier then scored on a wild pitch, upping the lead to 17-7 and ending the game.
'For most of the girls, this was their first year playing,' Joey Hall said. 'We put a lot of work in on the basic stuff. And all the girls got caught up in aggressive base running. They played hard every pitch.'
'That was really fun,' Marshall said.
Marshall pitched all four innings for Tualatin City in the victory, striking out seven.
'It was worth all the time practicing pitching,' she said.
Marshall also had two of Tualatin City's five hits in the win. Stadick, Hall and Hillier had the other TC hits.
Tualatin City opened the tournament by scoring a 16-2 win over Willow Creek in a game played July 5.
Marshall was the winning pitcher, giving up one earned run on three hits while striking out five in four innings of work.
Stadick went 2-for-3 at the plate while Clinton and Ella Hillier each went 2-for-4. Hall, Zuckerman, Clinton, Sydney Wagner and Stadick each scored a pair of runs.
On July 6, Tualatin City edged Tigard 20-14.
Elizabeth Hillier led the attack in the win, going 3-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored. Peters, Stadick and Kara Larsen each had two hits. Stadick, Zuckerman and Wagner each scored three runs. Hall and Marshall each scored twice.