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S.W.A.T. softball team snags tournament title

Brea Paulson fans 55 batters in five games to lead St. Helens squad to crown


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Brea Paulson had a pretty good tournament weekend, striking out 55 batters in five games. Pretty good for a 10U pitcher.The St. Helens S.W.A.T softball team got a superb pitching performance from Brea Paulson to win the NAFA B&C 9-team tournament in Scappoose last weekend.

Paulson struck out 55 batters over five games, including 15 in the championship game, a 7-5 win over Astoria.

The tournament was a first for host Scappoose, combining ASA and Little League teams, under the North American Fastpitch Association banner for the tournament.

Paulson got a lot of offensive help from teammates along the way, but carried much of the defensive load on her pitching arm. Only the Astoria team seemed to have the firepower to match the St. Helens team, but came up short in two outings against them.

The St. Helens squad started the pool-play portion of the tournament with a 12-0 win over the Scappoose White team. S.W.A.T. (Softball With Attitude) only had two hits in the contest, one a double from Portia White, but walked 13 batters in the shortened contest. Paulson fanned nine batters and gave up just one walk in a no hitter.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of the St. Helens S.W.A.T team that won the Scappoose NAFA B&C Tournament last weekend include (back row, from left) Karlee Webster, Savannah Moore, Portia White, Hannah Russell, Brea Paulson, (middle row) Maria Reardon, Ellie Austin, Dessa Cooper, Helayna Flores, (front) Jasmyne Pense, Kamryn Hubbs. Coaches in the back are Kyle Cooper, Rory Moore, and Kurt Paulson. Not pictured are Hailey Yon and Maddy Blazek.
They faced Astoria in the next game and pulled off a 7-6 win. Paulson struck out seven, walked two and gave up two walks. Karlee Webster relieved in the fourth inning, gave up just two runs, three walks, and struck out five. Webster also had two RBIs in the game. S.W.A.T. did have three strike-outs in the contest, but also had six hits and six walks.

Those two wins seeded the team first from their pool. They faced the North Coast Merchants in a short game Sunday, and came away with another 12-0, no-hit win. The team had six hits and five walks. Paulson didn’t give up a hit or a walk in a near-perfect four-inning game. She struck out 12.

In the semi-finals, S.W.A.T. beat the Thrashers of Chehalis, Wash., 11-1 in four innings. Paulson struck out 12, walked just one, and also hit one batter in another no-hitter. On the offensive side, Ellie Austin had two RBIs.

Astoria managed three hits in the championship, a walk, and two hitter batters, but Paulson was again effective with the 15 strike-outs. In the first three innings, she faced 10 batters and struck out nine of them. Paulson also had a double with an RBI and was walked intentionally once. White had a triple with an RBI and Hannah Russell had a double with an RBI.

St. Helens would prevail in a 7-5 win.

The Scappoose Orange team would advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament, but lose in the semifinals to give them a third-place trophy.

There was also an eight-team 12 and under tournament being held at the same time. The Tribe team from Scappoose would tie for third in the tournament.

The older girls’ tournament began with two four-team mini-brackets to establish seeding for the bigger bracket on Sunday.

The Tribe opened with a 6-2 win over the Clatskanie Blast, but then fell 6-0 to the Gatorz of Rainier. That gave them a second seed into Sunday.

They advanced with a 10-0 win over the other Scappoose team in the tournament in four innings. They then faced the Voodoo Dollz of Portland in the semifinals, but lost 6-1. The Voodoo Dollz went on to down the other St. Helens S.W.A.T. Team for the championship.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Portia White of the S.W.A.T. 10U team is barely out at first during last weekend's tournament. She would triple in her next at bat.