Dacia Hale, who played for Thunder softball from the ages of 10-18, set or tied multiple records in the spring of 2012 for Louisiana Tech Softball.
Hale launched three home runs in one game, including a grand slam. Her performance set the Western Athletic Conference tournament record and LA Tech single game home run record, and RBI record (11), as well as LA Tech's bases record (12). The 11 RBI's also tied the NCAA single game record. She was nominated for ESPN player of the week for her performance.
Not surprisingly, she was named to the WAC all-tourney team.
We are proud that our girls participate in other sports as well as softball, we have had many players from our organization being named to all state teams in more than just softball. Please see link below for the latest honor to be received by an Oregon Thunder player. We are very proud of all of our girls and the hard work they not only put into softball but their other sports and school as well.
This past weekend our girls held their skills clinic for our local recreation league, it is always well attended and our girls really love working with the younger girls. The skills concentrated on at the clinic are catching, throwing, hitting, and pitching. Next weekend will be the final clinic which will be for hitting and pitching.
One of our goals as an organization is to prepare our girls to play softball at the next level. We have had a lot of success at this in the last four years. We have girls currently playing softball in college at all levels from NAIA up to NCAA Division 1, many of our girls stay here in Oregon to play, but we do have a few that have decided to go places not so close to home such as, Louisiana, Boston, and Alabama. Our Gold team plays at the highest level available for youth fastpitch. They currently have 7 players signed to play in college and are working with college coaches on placing the remaining players. We emphasize throughout their careers as Thunder players how important it is to do well in school. While it is fun to play at the college level the most important thing is to use softball to help you get a good education. We are very happy to say we have a lot of former players taking advantage of this opportunity. I am attaching a link to our current roster which shows where these girls have committed to. You can also click on the Alumni link to see where our former players are now playing. We are very proud of all of the girls and their accomplishments.
Fall of 2011 brings us a new team. They are a group of 9-10 year olds just starting out in competitive softball. They played in a fall ball league and finished their fall season with a tournament where they took third place. We are very excited as an organization to have a 10 and under team again. The team's assistant coach is a long time Thunder player who is now playing for the NCAA division II national champion Linfield Wildcats. She is very excited to be working with these young athletes and loves that she can give back to the game and organization she loves so much.
The Thunder girls have been very busy this summer improving their skills and going to tournaments in Oklahoma, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. We have four teams going to a national tournament this year so they have been busy preparing for that. National tournaments kick off next week with our 18 Gold team (the highest level of competition for youth softball) they head to San Diego and are sure to be met with great competition. Our 16U and 14U will head to their national tournaments the following week in Huntington Beach, CA and Midland, TX respectively. Our second 16U team will be participating in Western Nationals in Kent Washington. We have been very successful in getting these girls college scholarships and theses tournaments are one more avenue for the girls to be able to show off their skills. We wish our teams best of luck with the last couple weeks of their seasons.
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