The Oregon City 14-year-olds rule in 14-A fast-pitch
OREGON CITY - The Oregon City Nightmare 14-A fast-pitch softball team has been a nightmare for opponents this spring.
Competing in the highly competitive gold division, the Nightmare have captured first place in tournaments in Newberg and Salem, and they finished runners-up at a 28-team tournament hosted by the Beaverton Blaze.
'They're real competitive,' said Oregon City coach Walt Anderson. 'All of the girls have played six years or more, and they don't like to lose.'
The Nightmare (32-10) won six of seven games and brought home the championship trophy from the Panther Invitational, played in Salem June 10-11.
After losing to Willamette Valley of Salem in their opener, the Nightmare bounced back with six straight victories, including a 4-0 shutout of the Monmouth Breakers in the title game.
In other games, the Oregon City girls posted wins over the Salem Scorpions (5-4), Sherwood (5-0), Beaverton Blaze (7-0), Oregon Elite of McMinnville (6-1) and Gresham Riptide (5-4). The Blaze was last year's state champion in 12-A.
Six of the girls on the team have been on one of the state's top teams before, but it's been awhile.
Playing on the Oregon City Pride team that won 10-and-under-B state and regional titles in 2002 were Nightmare team members Bailie Foxworthy (shortstop/outfield), Kate Schimmel (second base), Katlyn Taylor (third base), Jordyn Anderson (catcher) and McKenzie Marshall (pitcher/outfield).
Rounding out the Nightmare roster are: Jessie May (pitcher/outfield), Regan Drake (first base), Mary Lugar (pitcher/utility), Kathryn Persaud (outfield/shortstop) and Ariel Rockwell (pitcher/utility).
Lugar, Taylor and Anderson just finished up their freshman year at Oregon City High School, while the rest of the players will be freshmen this fall.
Schimmel, Drake, Marshall and Rockwell will attend Oregon City High School; Foxworthy will attend Gladstone High School; May will attend Putnam; and Persaud will attend Clackamas.
While the Nightmare have ball players throughout their lineup who can hit the ball, May and Marshall have been the top pitchers. May's strong suit is placement, while Marshall throws hard and has a deadly change, according to Anderson.
Randy Schimmel, Gary May, Tim Taylor and Roger Drake have assisted in coaching the team.
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The Nightmare will travel to Junction City for the 14-A State Tournament July 15-16, where they plan on bringing home a trophy.
'Most of our losses are by one or two runs to really good teams,' said Anderson. 'From what I've seen, we're probably one of the top five teams in the state.'