Thunder strikes to win tourney title
ROSEBURG - The Tigard Thunder ASA ages 14U fastpitch softball team went 6-0 capturing first place medals at the Roseburg Invitational, held June 16-17.
In the Thunder's first game, eight players scored with first base Abby Fatland getting two runs in a 9-3 win over the Black Tornado from North Medford.
Two Thunder runs came in on a sacrifice bunt by pitcher Hayley LeBray who was benched with a knee injury the rest of the tourney.
Thunder bats sizzled in game two with 14 runs in to the South Medford Aces' 3, with Thunder pitcher Katie Aden hitting an home run.
Second base Maddie Miller, catcher Kelsey Kaelin, third base Julia Kennedy and Aden all scored twice. Thunder outfielder Allison Rasor added an insurance run on an Ace errant throw to first. In game three, Aden got eight strikeouts against Grants Pass.
Thunder defensive play from shortstop Erin Nyberg, Miller, Kaelin and Fatland allowed opponents no runs to in a 6-0 victory.
Crossing the dish were outfielder Allison Brosius, catcher Meghan Cicoke, along with Kennedy, Aden, Nyberg and Miller.
Thunder offense produced nine runs to blank the Killer Bees from Springfield in game four behind Aden's strong pitching.
Outfielder Andie Davis scored and hit two RBI triples, while Nyberg earned three RBIs on the game. Thunder outfielder Rasor brought in two on a sacrifice bunt. Tourney host Indian squad from Roseburg battled in game five, but fell short two runs losing 3-5.
In frame one, Thunder runners Kaelin, Cicoke and Nyberg came home early putting the Indians behind at the start. Fatland and Nyberg added two more late in the game behind big hits from Brosius, Davis and Kennedy and Thunder earned the right to move up to the evening championship contest.
Playing for the gold, Thunder confronted a talented Slyders squad from Salem and prevailed 7-2 behind solid offensive play. Davis scored three times, Kaelin twice and one each from Nyberg and Aden.
In three of Slyders' seven at-bats, it was three up and three down per stingy Thunder team defense. Fatland's near triple and near homer kept Slyder defense off balance.
Thunder next will compete in a 36-team state tournament that will be held Friday through Sunday at Tualatin Valley Recreation Center in Beaverton.
Thunder manager Lori Rasor is assisted by coaches Cleve Nyberg, Greg Kaelin and Leisa Aden.