Lake Oswego Majors softball stars battle through District 4 tournament
They competed, they learned and they showed they could play with the best.
The Lake Oswego Little League Majors softball all-stars did all that and more during their five-day run at the Oregon District 4 tournament at Alpenrose Dairy.
In the end, the Lake Oswego stars went 2-3 and finished third in the four-team tournament, losing only to tournament champion Willow Creek and runner-up South Beaverton in the event, held July 15-19 at Alpenrose. Willow Creek went on to win the district title and will play next in the Little League Softball World Series, set for Aug. 7-14 at Alpenrose.
"A few (of the girls) were nervous to be competing so strongly, but they all did an amazing job and I am beyond proud of the team that they have become over the past five months," said Lake Oswego Manager Kirsten Oldenstadt.
After splitting their first two tournament games, Lake Oswego got a look at the tournament's best teams, falling to Willow Creek 10-0 on Wednesday, July 17, and South Beaverton 14-6 on Thursday, July 18. Lake Oswego then finished its tournament with a bang, beating Forest Grove 19-4 on Friday, July 19, to secure third place.
"Overall, I think the girls had a good understanding that we would be competing at a higher level," Oldenstadt said. "I think the most unique part about this group of girls was that they all blended together really well. I don't think there was ever a dull moment, something was always happening and every moment ended with laughs and smiles all around."
First and foremost, Oldenstadt said, she was 100% satisfied with her team's efforts during its run through the all-star tournament.
"I am beyond proud of all twelve of our girls," she said. "(Coaches Brian Oldenstadt, Wendy Sietman) and myself were always finding ways to get them working hard, pushing them and making sure these girls had fun."
The team included: McKenzie Becksted, Quinn Carr-Thompson, Elsa Danna, Braelynn Jenkins, Rowan Jurney, Emily Kitchin, Marin Lafrance, Millie MacKenzie, Courtney Oldenstadt, Clementine Rust, Lizzy Sietman and Kate Stingle
Willow Creek 10, Lake Oswego 0: Facing the eventual tournament champions, Lake Oswego fell behind 1-0 after one inning, gave up seven more in the bottom of the second and never recovered, eventually falling 10-0 in four innings.
While Lake Oswego managed just two baserunners in the game — on singles by Courtney Oldenstadt and Stingle — Willow Creek grabbed a 1-0 lead in its first at-bat, then took total control in its seven-run second inning.
Eight of Willow Creek's runs came home against starting pitcher Jenkins, but only two of those runs were earned. Willow Creek took advantage of three hits — including a bases-clearing triple — two errors, one walk and one hit batter to record its seven runs.
Willow Creek added its final two runs in the third, that at-bat highlighted by an inside-the-park home run.
South Beaverton 14, Lake Oswego 6: Playing South Beaverton for the second time in four days (South Beaverton won the first contest 12-4), Lake Oswego saw its foes score twice in the first inning, twice more in the second, three times in the third, once in the fourth, twice in the fifth and four times in the sixth to pull away.
As tough as all that was on Lake Oswego, the LO stars stayed strong and finally got their offense into gear late in the contest. Lake Oswego scored once in the fifth, then pushed across another four runs in the sixth before running out of time and falling 14-6.
South Beaverton saw Gianna DeFrank step up and go 3 for 4 at the plate and score three runs, while teammate Ainsley Arbow was 1 for 4 with four RBIs and two runs scored, and Aubri Kuhm went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and one run.
DeFrank picked up the win for South Beaverton, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks while striking out 14. Oldenstadt threw a complete game for Lake Oswego, giving up 14 runs (but just five earned) on 12 hits and two walks, but was betrayed by her defense's eight errors.
On offense, Courtney Oldenstadt went 2 for 3 with one RBI and two runs scored, and Jenkins was 2 for 4 with one RBI.
Lake Oswego 19, Forest Grove 4: After consecutive losses to the tournament's top two teams, Lake Oswego was ready for a rebound.
LO got that and got it in spades against Forest Grove.
Lake Oswego, which beat Forest Grove 18-8 three days earlier, absolutely unloaded in its tournament finale, piling up 17 runs in the bottom of the first inning and leaving Forest Grove far behind.
After Forest Grove grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, Lake Oswego just dropped the hammer in the bottom of the frame. LO broke through with 17 runs on seven hits, 10 walks, one hit batter, three errors, one wild pitch and one passed ball.
Highlights from that breakout inning were: Jurney was 2 for 2 with one RBI; Jenkins went 2 for 2 with two RBIs; and MacKenzie was 2 for 2 with four RBIs.
For the game, Jurney finished 3 for 3 with one RBI and three runs, MacKenzie went 2 for 2 with five RBIs and two runs, and Jenkins was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and three runs.
Pitchers Courtney OIdenstadt and LaFrance allowed four runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three.
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