A team of young ladies from the local area have done themselves proud in Amateur Softball Association fastpitch softball.

They call themselves the Oregon City Nightmare 14-B team and they placed third at the recent 40-team ASA 14-B State Tournament in Hillsboro. The girls on the team attend local schools in Oregon City, Gladstone, Oak Grove, Milwaukie, Gresham and Portland.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Oregon City Nightmare players and coaches pose proudly with their third-place hardware from the recent Oregon ASA 14-B State Fastpitch Softball Championship Tournament. Pictured are: (front, from left) Amanda Manning and Katie Moon; (first row) Coach Jeff Moon, Marci Roberti, Ava Van Duzer, Megan White and coach Christina McLeod; and (back) coach Scott Manning, Zoee Haines, Megan Blackman, Jadwyn Parrish, Shianne Smith, McKinzie McLeod, Sierra Lehman and head coach Chris Parrish.The team won its first four games of the state tournament, before bowing to the McMinnville Grizzlies 8-0 in the winners’ bracket final. They then were eliminated from the double elimination tournament through a 10-2 loss to Black Tornado Fastpitch, which went on to beat the Grizzlies twice and claimed the state title.

In their first four state tournament games, the Nightmare dispatched with Voodoo Dollz of Portland 13-3, Oregon Young Guns of Pendleton 7-0, the Astoria/Seaside North Coast Merchants 9-8 and Stealth Fastpitch of Milwaukie 9-6.

“Their main strength is they are a really close knit group,” said Nightmare coach Chris Parrish. “Most of these girls have played together for three or four years. They understand each other, they know how to communicate with each other, and they play together.... All of the girls can play multiple positions, and that gives us a lot of flexibility.”

This isn’t the first time the girls on the team have experienced success in softball. A handful of them played on a team that placed second in the state at the 10-U level in 2009, and most of them played together on a 12-B team that placed fifth in the state in 2011.

The team’s success is no accident. They practiced hitting indoors over the winter and they’ve been practicing and playing games since the first of March. The state tournament was their 12th tournament of the year. They’ve won three tournaments and placed in the top three in three tournaments.

“We start 16-B fall ball Sept. 8, and I expect the whole team will be back next spring,” Parrish said.

The team sported an overall record of 40-19 on the summer season. They closed out the season in impressive fashion, going 7-3 and finishing seventh at the NAFA Nationals, a tournament held in Newberg July 17-21 that included 41 teams from Oregon, Washington and California.

Oregon City players on the team include: catcher Katie Moon, first baseman Jadwyn Parrish, second baseman/outfielder Megan White, third baseman Megan Blackman and outfielder Ava Van Duzer.

Gladstone’s McKinzie McLeod pitched and played shortstop; Kraxberger’s Zoee Haines played in the outfield.

Rounding out the roster were: outfielder Amanda Manning (Putnam), outfielder/catcher Sierra Lehman (Milwaukie), pitcher/infielder Marci Roberti (Cleveland) and pitcher/outfielder Shianne Smith (Gresham).

Chris Parrish was head coach of the team. Scott Manning, Jeff Moon and Christina McLeod were assistant coaches.

Blue Mountain Pools, Haskett Orthodontics, Western States Fire Protection Company, The Goldwrench Quality Auto Repair, Oregon City Optimist Club, Wright Manufacturing and Patricia Ann Zeleny Photography were team sponsors.

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