The Tualatin softball team goes 6-0 at the ASA event

BEAVERTON — The Tualatin Terror, an ages 12U ASA fastpitch softball team, started strong and finished strong on its way to winning the state tournament, which was held July 5-7 at the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and Sunset Park.

Tualatin opened tourney play July 5 with a 13-11 win over North Medford.

“Our girls were a little nervous to start, but they settled in,” Tualatin coach Wayne Laired said.

Anna Mills and Lilly McPherson each had three hits in the win and Ashley Garcia went 2 for 2 at the plate.

Later that day, the Terror bested St. Helens SWAT 11-0 in four innings behind a combined no-hit pitching performance by Amiah Porter and Kayla Laird. They combined for 11 strikeouts and four SUBMITTED PHOTO - TUALATIN'S TROPHY -- The Tualatin Terror ages 12U softball team recently claimed the state championship.

Tualatin got off to a roaring start on offense. Megan Talbert led off the game with a triple and she scored on a single by Grace Ferres.

With the win, Tualatin advanced to the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

The Terror opened play July 6 by taking on the Black Widows from Portland, who posted an 8-5 win over Tualatin in the teams’ previous meeting.

But things were different this time.

The Black Widows scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-4 lead. But, in the bottom of the frame, Tualatin got a two-run single by Eva Newton, with Mills and Marin Penney scoring, to tie the score and send the contest to an international tie-breaker.

In the tiebreaker, Tualatin got the winning run when McPherson scored from third on a hit by Ashley Garcia.

“I knew I was going on contact so I just took off when Ash hit the ball. I thought it would be close” McPherson said.

Later that day, the Terror scored a 6-3 win over Roseburg. Tualatin was trailing 1-0 going into the fifth inning before getting a three-run triple by Penney.

In the July 7 winners’ bracket final, the Tualatin team rolled to a 16-1 win over the Lady Knights from Corvallis.

The Terror broke open a 1-1 game with an 11-run third inning. Mills and McPherson each had three-run doubles in the frame.

For the game, Talbert, Mills, Porter and McPherson all went 3 for 4 at the plate with at least two RBIs.

In the championship game, Tualatin faced the OC Nightmare. OC scored a pair of runs in the top of the first, but Tualatin answered back in the bottom of the frame on a two-out single by Newton, setting the tone for the rest of the game.

“We knew they would be tired because they had to play more games than us,” Penny said. “We just tried to keep the pressure on every inning.”

Tualatin went on to win the game 11-3, capping a 6-0 tourney record.

“Our unsung hero this weekend was our catcher Nikki Deo. She played every pitch, every out, every inning with stitches in her throwing hand,” Tualatin manager Scott McPherson said. “She wanted to play and knew we needed her defensively but she couldn’t hit because of the injury. The girls saw that and responded in same. I’m very proud of this group of girls.”

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