The combination team starts off 3-0

by: DAN BROOD - BRINGING THE HEAT -- Tigard/Tualatin City Little League pitcher Elizabeth Hillier fires a pitch to the plate during the team's 13-1 win over Banks Monday during play at the District 4 tournament.PORTLAND — Tigard.


Working together.

And, if the start of the District 4 Majors (ages 11-12) Little League Softball Tournament is any indication, they’re working together really well.

The Tigard/Tualatin City Little League team opened district tourney play on Monday with an impressive 13-1 pool play win over Banks and then followed that up with key pool play wins over Murrayhill and Willow Creek on Tuesday to get off to a 3-0 start to tourney play at Alpenrose Stadium.

“We did a good job,” Tigard/TC’s Tia Cordts said following the win over Banks. “We worked hard, and we killed it.”

“I like working with the Tualatin girls,” said Jennifer Redfern, who is a Tigard resident. “They’re all great players.”

“We all blended together really well,” Emily Harms said. “We knew we’d become a great team. Hopefully, we’ll win this tournament and go on to the World Series.”

Tigard was scheduled to finish pool play at the district tournament Wednesday with a game against Southwest Portland. Results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

No matter the outcome of Wednesday’s contest, Tigard will enter the semifinal round of the tourney as the No. 1 seed. Tigard will meet Banks today (Thursday) at 5 p.m. in a district tourney semifinal contest. Murrayhill and Willow Creek will play in today’s other semifinal game, set to start at 7:30 p.m.

The winners of the two semifinal games will meet in the district tournament title game, which will be played Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Alpenrose Stadium.

by: DAN BROOD - IN THERE SAFELY -- Tigard/Tualatin City's Tia Cordts (left) pops up after sliding safely to third base during the team's District 4 tournament win over Banks.The district champion will go on to play at the Little League Softball World Series, which starts Aug. 7 at Alpenrose Stadium.

“We want to go to the World Series,” said Elizabeth Hillier, who played on the Tualatin City team that earned a spot in last year’s Little League Softball World Series.

“It’s all attitude and effort,” said Kendra Zuckerman, who also played for last year’s TC World Series squad.

The Tigard/Tualatin City squad got off to a strong start in its tourney opener with Banks on Monday, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning.

Bella Valdes and Carly Atwood drew back-to-back walks to start the game. Valdes, ended up scoring the game’s first run on an infield single by Alexis Klum. Atwood also came around to score on a throwing error on the play, giving the Tigard/TC team an early 2-0 edge.

The Tigard/Tualatin City squad, staying aggressive on the bases, got runs from Klum, Cordts and Logan Mentzer later in the inning, as it pushed the early margin to 6-0.

In the top of the second inning, Hillier singled in both Cordts and Brooke Clinton to up the lead to 8-0.

Banks, getting a run in the bottom of the third inning, trimmed the margin to 8-1, but the Tigard/TC team answered back in a big way, scoring five runs in the top of the fourth frame.

Klum ignited the big inning with a leadoff double to left-center field. She then moved to third base on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to push the margin to 9-1.

Cordts scored on a bunt by Zuckerman and Clinton, Leah Sandoz and Gillian Livingston all scored later in the inning to finish the scoring in the 13-1 victory.

“That was pretty good,” Tigard/Tualatin City manager Chris Cordts said. “It’s always good to start off with a win. The girls meshed like they’ve been playing together for years.”

Hillier pitched the first three innings in the victory. She gave up one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking one.

Tia Cordts pitched the final inning, striking out two.

Tigard/TC, as a team, had seven base hits in the win.

by: DAN BROOD - INTO PLAY -- Tigard/TC's Carly Atwood gets her bat on the ball during Monday''s tourney game. Klum went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Hillier went 2 for 2 with two RBIs. Mentzer, Clinton and Nicole Box added one hit apiece.

“Everyone did really well,” Valdes said. “We all were aggressive base-runners.”

“That was a lot of fun,” Atwood said. “We’re working well as a team.”

Tigard/TC opened play on Tuesday with a key 4-3 win over Murrayhill.

Hillier picked up the pitching win, striking out 11 while giving up just three hits and walking one.

“Liz was outstanding,” Chris Cordts said.

Hillier also had three RBIs in the victory. Klum added a pair of hits.

“We had some timely hitting,” Chris Cordts said. “Our lineup is really deep.”

Later on Tuesday, Tigard/Tualatin City posted a 6-1 victory over Willow Creek.

Tia Cordts picked up the pitching win in that contest. She gave up two hits while striking out 10 and walking three.

Klum had two more hits in that game and Mentzer played solid defense at second base.

“We beat two really good teams,” Chris Cordts said.

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