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Tigard/TC preps for World Series party

The softball tourney starts next week at Alpenrose Stadium


Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - BREAK -- The Tigard/Tualatin City Little League all-star softball team gathers at the end of practice on Tuesday. The team will open play at the Little League Softball World Series next Thursday. TIGARD — Tuesday was Brooke Clinton’s birthday.

The third baseman for the Tigard/Tualatin City Little League Majors All-Star softball team turned 13.

And, following practice at Cook Park on Tuesday, the team had a party — complete with pizza and snow cones — to honor both Clinton and teammate Logan Mentzer, who also is celebrating a birthday this week.

There’s another party coming up in the near future for the team, known fondly as TNT.

It’s going to be a big party.

And the TNT squad already has its invitation.

Other invitations are going out — around the country and around the world.

It’s going to be a World Series party.

And the Tigard/Tualatin City team is one of 10 teams that will be competing in the Little League Softball World Series, to be held Aug. 7-13 at Portland’s Alpenrose Stadium.

“I’m really excited to get to play with these girls at the World Series,” Tigard/TC shortstop Bella Valdes said during Tuesday’s birthday celebration. “The experience is going to be amazing.”

“I’m going to be both nervous and excited,” Clinton said. “But I’m going to use the energy from both of those things.”

As of Tuesday, nine of the 10 World Series bids had been given out.

From the United States, Tallmadge, Ohio, will be the Central region representative. Robbinsville, N.J., won the East regional championship to earn its World Series berth.

Pioneer Little League, from Columbus, Ga., is the Southeast regional champion and Chico, Calif., won the West regional tournament to earn its World Series berth.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - PRACTICE SWING -- Tigard/Tualatin City's Carly Atwood takes a cut during the team's practice at Cook Park on Tuesday. Bossier City, La., won Southwest regional tournament title on Wednesday, beating Robinson, Texas, 7-0.

There will also be four international teams at the World Series. Iloio Province, Philippines, will be the Asia Pacific representative. Prague, Czech Republic, is the Europe/Africa representative and ASOFEM Little League, from Maunabo, Puerto Rico, is the Latin American representative.

The Canadian representative will be decided at the Canada regional tournament, which will be held Saturday through Monday in Victoria, British Columbia.

The Tigard/Tualatin City squad earned its World Series spot by winning the District 4 championship back on July 18.

“I’m so excited to end my Little League season at the World Series,” TNT catcher Alexis Klum said with a smile.

Softball World Series festivities begin Wednesday with the opening ceremony, which is set to begin at 2 p.m. on the main field at Alpenrose. The Easton Skills Challenge will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Game action will begin next Thursday. The Tigard/Tualatin City squad will be in the opening contest of the World Series, as it will face Tallmadge, Ohio, in a pool play game starting at 10 a.m. that day.

Other games slated for next Thursday include Robbinsville, N.J., playing the Canada champion at 1 p.m., Iloio Province, Philippines, playing Chico, Calif., at 4 p.m. and Prague, Czech Republic, playing Maunabo, Puerto Rico, at 7 p.m.

Tigard/Tualatin City will also be in action Aug. 8 when it faces Columbus, Ga., in a pool play game at 7 p.m. On Aug. 9, the TNT team will play Prague in a 4 p.m. pool play contest. The Tigard/Tualatin City squad will finish its pool play schedule Aug. 10 when it plays Maunabo at 10 a.m.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - STRETCHING OUT -- The Tigard/Tualatin City Little League softball team gets ready for practice.The World Series semifinals will be played Aug. 12 at 3:30 and 7 p.m. and the championship game is set for 6 p.m. on Aug. 13.

There is no admission fee to watch the World Series games.

Other members of the Tigard/Tualatin City team include Carly Atwood, Nicole Box, Tia Cordts, Emily Harms, Elizabeth Hillier, Gillian Livingston, Jennifer Redfern, Leah Sandoz and Kendra Zuckerman. Chris Cordts is the team’s manager, with coaches Frank Redfern and Derek Atwood.

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The Tigard/Tualatin City team, as it prepares for the World Series, will be holding a fund-raising car wash on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Haggen Food & Pharmacy store, located at 8515 S.W. Tualatin Sherwood Road.




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