Scappoose Dynamite hosts, wins local tournament
Scappoose Dynamite hosted and won a softball tournament last month as part of the city's centennial celebration.
The tournament was the first at home for the 14U softball team.
The team's 11 players, most of whom have been playing together for the past five years, beat three opponents from the region.
Dynamite kicked off the morning of July 24 with a 20-1 victory over the West Linn Lions.
"The girls were motivated to beat them, since they beat us twice already in previous tournaments this year," coach Brian Hoag said.
He added, "It was fun to avenge that and do that at our own home park."
Lilly Parral, one of the Dynamite players, said the game against West Linn was her favorite of the day. "I really liked how my team came together," Parral said.
Parral said the team was able to pull out the win thanks to strong hitting "and cheering each other on, for sure!"
Dynamite then beat the West Portland Sluggers 9-1 and ended the tournament with a 11-5 win over Gresham Vengeance.
Hoag said being able to host the softball tournament in Scappoose was a real plus for his players.
"These girls are a travel team, so they travel and play in tournaments all over the state of Oregon and Washington, and we don't get to play at home very often," Hoag explained. "So being able to play in front of our home crowd and getting people to see us play that don't normally get to see us was a lot of fun for the kids."
"It was cool to finally get to play local and see so many friends and family that normally can't make it to the away games," Parral said.
Hoag said that many of the teams Dynamite plays against are from bigger communities with a larger pool of players to choose from.
"It says a lot that our girls can go and compete against these programs from bigger areas that have a much wider area to draw kids from. … For us to be able to compete against that is really great for our program and going into high school," explained Hoag, who is also an assistant coach for the Scappoose High School softball team.
Hoag has coached Scappoose Dynamite for nine years, starting with a group of players who are now finishing high school. The current team started in 10U, then moved up to 12U and then 14U.
Hoag said that because the summer softball season usually ends in late July, teams weren't able to attend a tournament during the city's official centennial celebration, Aug. 13-14, so the tournament had to happen a few weeks earlier.
"We liked playing on our home turf and played some of the best softball we played all year," Hoag said. "We got lots of positive comments. Teams want to come back and do it again next year or in the future, so hopefully we'll look at putting on a tournament again sometime in the future."
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