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Tigard Blast triumphs at Stars and Stripes tourney

by: submitted photo VICTORS — The Tigard Blast 14A team won the Stripes bracket title at the Stars and Stripes tourney.

SALEM - The Tigard Blast '96 ages 14A team won four games over the Fourth of July weekend to win the Stripes Bracket of the Stars and Stripes Forever Tournament in Salem.

The Blast won both of its July 2 pool play games. In the first game the Blast beat the Clark County Velocity 10-6. Katie Chabreck led the team with three RBI, Molly Olivera had two hits, including a double, to go with her two RBI and Kelsey Downey also had two hits and two RBI. Lexii Kelly had two singles and one RBI, while Emily Allen and Maggie Clapp each had a hit and an RBI. Michelle Simmons and Sarah Kailiuli both had hits.

Clapp started the game as pitcher and threw four solid innings scattering seven hits and allowing just three earned runs to get the win. Jordan Coleman came on in relief and got the save allowing no earned runs.

The day's second game started close, but the Tigard bats broke it open with 14 hits in six innings while beating Hi Voltage 15-5 in a shortened game. The score was 2-2 going into the top of the third inning before the Blast scored 13 runs in the next four frames.

Coleman started the game as pitcher and earned the win allowing just two earned runs in three innings. She also led the team at the plate with four RBI on two hits. Downey had three hits, one RBI and four stolen bases to complement her stellar defensive game at shortstop. Olivera and Clapp both had two hits and two RBI and Simmons also added two hits.

Allen, Rebekka Kruse and Kelly also notched hits. Additionally, Kelly come on in relief and pitched three innings allowing only three hits.

In the July 3 bracket play the Tigard offense was again solid with the exception of the very first game against the Grizzlies.

In that game, the Blast was held to only three hits in a 4-1 loss. Both Allen and Olivera had deep doubles and Kelly added a single in the game, but losing meant that Tigard had to win two straight if they wanted to win the Stripes bracket.

The first test was the Sandy Sliders, and the Blast earned a spot in the championship game with an 8-2 victory. Downey led the team with a 4-for-4 outing including a double, an RBI and a stolen base. Olivera had two hits, including a double, and she drove in three runs.

Simmons added two more hits and two more RBI. Kruse had two hits and Chabreck had a hit and an RBI. Allen, Coleman and Kelly each picked up a hit. Clapp started the game as pitcher and allowed no earned runs in her two innings. Coleman came in to finish the game and earn the win with five solid innings in relief.

In the championship game Tigard left no doubt scoring 11 runs in the first three innings to beat Fielder's Choice Legacy by a score of 12-1 in five innings.

Simmons had three hits, three runs scored, a walk and an RBI. Clapp, Coleman and Olivera each had two hits and two RBI and Allen, Downey, Kruse and Kailiuli each had a hit.