The Cherry City Crush 10U softball team outscored their opponents by a 28-10 margin for a perfect 4-0 record and second-place honors at the Donlad Duck Birthday Tournament ending last Sunday in Newberg/Salem. Staked to a 22-7 record in the past four tournaments, the Crush heads to state in Albany on June 22 with a full head of steam. In the photo are, from left to right, starting in the back row, Laci Hoylman, Makaila Collins, Lilly Marx, Despina Seufalemua, Sydney Newby and Jackie Begay. In the front row are, from left, Hailey Johnson, Ava Graves, Jayden Hansen, Bryce Newby, Makiah Iven and Siyra Faulkner.
As of Thursday, June 14, 2018
Mother Nature played a role in last weekend’s Donald Duck Birthday Tournament.
Saturday and Sunday in Newberg/Salem, the 10U Cherry City crush softball squad cruised to a 4-0 record, but rain washed out the championship game, so head coach Roger Hoylman and the players showed a gesture of sportsmanship in deciding to give the first-place trophy to the Sherwood Fireballs and the Crush took home runner-up honors.
In pool play Saturday, the Crush played two closely-contested matchup against McMinnville and Tigers Rage, out of Yamhill-Carlton, taking a 6-5 decision over McMinnville and a 4-3 victory versus Tigers Rage.
With the top seed to start second-day play on Sunday, the Crush kept their momentum at a high level with lopsided 12-1 mercy-ruled triumph against The Midnight Suns, from Alaska, to move into the semifinal rounds.
Now one win away from a title-game berth, standing in the way of the Crush was Elmira, a squad that was on a roll of their own.
Defense and clutch pitching were depended on once again, as Despina Seufalemua shut down Elmira and the Crush went on to pick up a championship berth following a 6-1 win.
Over the past six and a half weeks, spanning four tough tournaments, the Crush has amassed a 22-7 record with a tourney title, two seconds and a third to their record.
A week away from the state tournament stage, coach Hoylman and his assistants Christi Hansen and Wes Faulkner have this group playing at a dominating pace.
Blessed with a three-pronged pitching staff of Seufalemua, Siyra Faulkner and Jayden Hansen, the Crush possesses all the elements of a team that is dialed in for a possible state-championship run.
This hard-hitting offense, which is loaded with solid bats in Bryce Newby, Laci Hoylman, Makayla Collins, Lilly Marx, Jackie Begay, Hailey Johnson, Makiah Iven, Ava Graves, Faulkner, Hansen, Seufalemua, Faulkner and Sydney Newby, has tallied an impressive 154 runs scored in the past 19 games.
While the offense is coming through, the team’s dependable defense and consistent pitching has surrendered just 101 runs in that four-tournament span.
State is a different beast altogether, so all elements of their game will need to continue to come through at this level of efficiency.
Starting on Friday, June 22, the 10U Cherry City Crush heads out to state action in Albany.