West Salem — The 2021 fall edition of club softball is underway and the first major tournament kicked off in West Salem at Wallace Marine Park on Saturday. Between 29 teams, they were broken into 14U and 16/18 age divisions. Subsequently, we had our first champions of the major tournament season and plenty to talk about the absurd scoring we witnessed.
Oregon Red Heat and NW Vandals 14U Terry Cruise To Victory
How are you supposed to beat teams that are putting up crazy scoring from one game to the next? Well teams tried to figure that out and weren’t that successful. The Oregon Red Heat 18 Gold squad came to West Salem and were hitting the ball from the very first pitch. In their pool play games, they outscored their opponents 30-1 and cruised to a pair of mercy rule wins along with a 7-0 shutout. The winners bracket proved to be no match for them either, scoring 36 runs over four games and allowed only four runs to two opponents, ultimately winning 8-1 in the championship over Oregon Silver Bullets, who had themselves a great weekend with their only loss to the Red Heat in the title game.
In the 14U bracket, the NW Vandals 14U Terry went undefeated in pool play, putting up some big numbers en route to cruising through the games. After a pair of 7-0 wins to open the bracket, they received their toughest competitor in the Tigard Blast, who held them to a lone run but simply couldn’t produce one at the same time. It was quite the scare for the Vandals, who had averaged 11 runs per game up to that point. Nonetheless, it got them to the championship against another NW Vandals, this time the team coached by Madisen Oliver. Jason Terry’s squad got the best of them, taking it 8-5 and their first tournament title of the season.
High Scoring Headlines In West Salem
I know that scoring has become more and more frequent in softball during recent years, but these run totals from West Salem are just eye popping. Absolute Blast 14U Rafferty put up 31 runs in a 31-21 win over the Southern Oregon Screaming Eagles, NW Vandals 14U Tuning scored 29 in a 29-17 win over PNW Force Paul, and that was only from pool play games. It extended into bracket play, when 14U runner-up NW Vandals 14U Oliver scored 27 runs to open the bracket, then they turned around and put up 19 to hang on 19-12 and advance to the semifinals. In all, 49 out of the 86 games this weekend featured double digit runs scored by at least one team, which accounts for 57% of the games played.