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Three members of the Crook County High School softball team, which finished second at state, are on the roster for the YellowJackets

The High Desert YellowJackets won their third consecutive tournament over the weekend.

Although the team is used to winning, this tournament was special.PHOTO COURTESY OF MANDI PUCKETT - Members of the YellowJackets 16U softball team pose with the medals and trophy they earned for winning the age group ASA state championship. The YellowJackets took an 11-10 victory over the Oregon City Nightmare in the championship game. Team members are (top row, left to right) head coach Jeremy Puckett, assistant coach Frank Martinez, Natalie Hill McCoy, Kayla Berg, Ondriah Oyloe, Rylee Stearns, Audrey McKenzie, Kalyn Martinez, and assistant coach Tim Berg. (Front row, left to right includes) Lorena Vasquez, Caitlyn Elliott, Berkley Puckett, Lizzie Steuart, Ashley Owens and Jinya Glenn.

The YellowJackets traveled to Sherwood where they won the 16U Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) state championship.

"These girls have incredible work ethic and the drive to succeed," said head coach Jeremy Puckett following the tournament. "It's truly an honor to coach each and every one of them."

Playing games on Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, the YellowJackets stormed through the tournament undefeated, taking a tight 11-10 win over the Oregon City Nightmare in the title game.

The team is made up of players from throughout Central Oregon, including three from Crook County High School.

Those three — Kalyn Martinez, Ashley Owens, and Caitlyn Elliott — have all been instrumental in the team's success.

It is the first state championship for the team which Puckett coaches, along with assistant coaches Tim Berg, Hayes McCoy, and Frank Martinez, who is also the Crook County High School head baseball coach.

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