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Emily Harms will represent Wilsonville at the Little League Softball World Series

Harms and the Tigard/Tualatin City all-star team won the District 4 tournament and earned a Little League Softball World Series birth.


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Emily Harms (center) plays for the Tigard/Tualatin City team, which will host the Little League Softball World Series at Alpenrose Stadium.

The Tigard/Tualatin City little league softball team (11-12-year-olds) earned a bid to the Little League Softball World Series after defeating Willow Creek 3-0 in the finals of the District 4 tournament. Though Wilsonville doesn’t have a little league softball team,

Wilsonville resident Emily Harms will represent the community on the diamond.

Because the tournament just so happens to be held within District 4 limits at Alpenrose, the team was slotted in the World Series after winning the district without having to compete in a larger tournament.

The competition will undoubtedly consist of the most eclectic bunch of players Harms has ever played against. Participating teams include Europe/Africa, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Canada and teams from various regions across the United States.

“It still hasn’t sunk in that I’m going to be playing teams from all over the world. It’s such a huge tournament and I’m really excited,” Harms said.

Harms commented on her community’s lack of a little league softball team.

“I feel like Wilsonville hasn’t really heard of it. I’m hoping more people will want to play in the future,” she said.

Harms first played on a Tualatin little league team. Her team finished the season undefeated. Afterward, she had to try out to make the Tigard/TC roster.

Once she made the squad, two separate groups of kids had to unite as one.

“After the teams were made, we all just came together and became really great friends,” she said.

Harms and her Tualatin City teammates kept the winning streak alive with their Tigard allies, remaining undefeated heading into the District 4 championship game.

The Tualatin players were already well versed playing against Willow Creek. They previously beat them in league play and again in the District 4 tournament, 6-1.

“We didn’t want to be too cocky. We didn’t want to go in thinking we were going to win and then get shut down,” Harms said.

Up just 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning and with two Willow Creek players on base, Tigard/TC’s championship goal seemed in jeopardy. However, pitcher Elizabeth Hiller struck out a pair of batters and forced a ground out to end the inning without a blemish.

“I was getting butterflies,” Carly Atwood said. “But we were under pressure the whole game. We were used to it.”

Then in the fifth inning, Tigard/TC’s lead widened when Atwood scored from third base on a passed ball and Alexis Klum scored on a wild pitch. In the end, the lead stood.

Harms and her teammates were elated and shell-shocked after their triumph.

“We all took pictures by the scoreboard," Harms said. "Everyone was so happy. We can’t even believe we’re going to the World Series.”

Tigard/TC is slated to kick off the 2014 Little League Softball World Series Aug. 7 against the Central United States regional champion at 10 a.m. at Alpenrose Stadium. However, the team will first compete in a North American FastPitch Association tournament this weekend.

Dan Brood contributed reporting for this article.



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