Beaverton — As has been the case all weekend, the journey started and ended with a bang for the Oregon Blaze 09 squad, who entered the 12A State Championship this weekend as a favorite alongside Mound Time Orange 12U and Oregon Thunder Huson 12U. On Friday, the Blaze 09 cruised to a 15-0, three inning mercy win over Nightmare 12U behind Dakota’s 4 RBI’s and Cho’s 3 RBI’s with a one hit, five strikeout performance in the circle.
On Saturday morning, Blaze 09 scored three runs in the top of the seventh to come back and beat Mound Time Orange 12U 5-4. Gracie drove home Libby to score the winning run, finishing with a double and 3 RBI in the victory. For all the marbles, Blaze 09 faced Oregon Thunder Huson 12U on Saturday afternoon at Sunset Sports Complex in Beaverton. Keeping up her hot hitting, Gracie drove home Libby in the first inning to open a 1-0 lead for Blaze 09.
Olivia added an insurance run the second with an RBI single to cap an eight pitch at-bat to score Alix and make it 2-0. With a bases loaded jam in the third, Alix worked her way out of it by inducing two flyouts to end the inning unscathed. Gracie drilled a triple to leadoff Blaze 09’s frame, coming home on Cho’s RBI groundout to make it 3-0. Later in the inning, Olivia brought home Tegan on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded, extending it to 4-0 Blaze 09.
Tegan added one final run on an RBI single in the fourth inning, making it a 5-0 Blaze 09 lead over Oregon Thunder Huson 12U. From there, Alix and the Blaze 09 defense took care of business, shutting down Thunder Huson 12U to the end and winning the 12A State Championship 5-0. Gracie finished as the MVP of the tournament, going 5 for 9 from the plate with two doubles, a triple, and 4 RBI’s to go with five runs scored. Dakota finished a solid 5 for 7 with 4 RBI on the weekend.