Stealth Fast Pitch brings it's 'A' game to the 2011 State 12-B Tournament
BEAVERTON - Milwaukie's Stealth Fast Pitch softball team closed out a tremendous season over the Fourth of July weekend, capturing the championship trophy from the Oregon Amateur Softball Association 12-B State Tournament.
The area team went 6-0 in the tournament, rallying from behind in four of the six games.
They trailed Blaze Ohana of Beaverton 7-2 heading into the fifth inning of the semifinals, and rallied to a 9-7 victory.
They were down 2-1 heading into the final inning of the title game with McMinnville Grizzlies 99, but scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim the victory and the tournament championship.
In other tournament games, Stealth defeated Oregon Blaze 98 of Beaverton 10-5, Hi Voltage 98 of Beaverton 6-3, Eastside Reds of Gresham 10-1, and the Grizzlies 5-1.
'The girls played as a team and they never quit,' said Stealth assistant coach Gary Abramson. 'Their drive and determination was something like I've never seen before. When we were down 7-2 in the semifinal, the atmosphere on the bench was like we were winning. They never let down.'
Abramson's daughter Sarah was the heroine in the championship game. Besides going the distance on the mound and holding the Grizzlies to just two runs, it was Sarah Abramson's two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh that brought the winning runs across.
Gary Abramson was understandably proud of his daughter, but he was quick to give credit to her teammates, especially pitcher Brooke Snyder.
Snyder took over for Sarah on the mound with Stealth trailing Blaze Ohana 6-2 and runners on in the fourth frame and held the Beaverton team to just one run the rest of the way.
'Sarah pitched great in the final, but Brooke was the reason we won the semifinal game,' Gary Abramson said.
Snyder came in with two runners on and no one out in the top of the fifth and allowed just two hits and one run through the seventh and final frame.
Stealth staged a huge rally in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six runs on five hits and two walks to pull out the 9-7 victory.
Katarina Kerr, Nichole Schreiber (2-for-3), Taylar Schmidt, Brooke Snyder and Kennedy Coy all hit safely in the pivotal inning. Snyder's two-run single knotted the score at 7-7, and Coy plated the game-winner with her timely base hit.
Defense, timely hitting and pitching all played a part in the 3-2 win over the Grizzlies in the final.
Stealth players played near error-free ball, while Sarah Abramson pitched a gem, striking out eight, walking one, and scattering five hits.
Stealth players had only three hits in the game, but they made their hits count.
With her team trailing 2-0, Kerr got the Stealth's first hit of the game when she led off the sixth with a single. She later scored Stealth's first run on a sacrifice fly by Schreiber.
Snyder fired up her teammates in the seventh when she reached on a base hit. Kaitlin Lampson walked and both runners advanced when Kerr grounded back to the pitcher.
Abramson then stepped to the plate with two down and hammered the ball over the head of McMinnville's centerfielder, bringing two runs around for the hard fought victory.
'It was Sarah's hardest hit of the year,' Gary Abramson said.
Stealth was one of the hottest teams around all through the second half of the 2011 season. The state tournament was the Milwaukie area team's sixth straight tournament victory.
'The girls have worked their butts off over the last month and a half,' coach Abramson said. 'At the end of the season they were beating teams that they lost to early in the season.'
Most of the girls on the team will attend the eighth grade this fall and they'll go on to play for Rex Putnam High School in two years.
Vying for Stealth Fast Pitch this season were: Aldercreek Middle School students Brooke Snyder (pitcher/utility), Sydney Nichols (outfield), Taylar Schmidt (third base/outfield), Elysia Webb (catcher/infield), Sarah Abramson (pitcher/utility) and Mikayla Schweinsberg (infield/outfield); St. Johns students Nicole Schreiber (infield/outfield) and Erin Perry (shortstop); Kraxberger Middle School students Kennedy Coy (catcher/outfield) and Katarina Kerr (utility); and Kaitlin Lampson (second base/shortstop), who will be a sixth grader at Three Rivers Charter School in the fall.
The team was coached by John Schweinsberg, Blair Snyder, Tereasa Schweinsberg, Rob Webb and Abramson.