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.
Spring in Oregon brings softball season and in between rain storms we play some great softball. Our Thunder girls and coaches are very busy practices and games and putting tarps on and off of their fields so they can actually play still find time to help our community by hosting skills clinics. Every April for the last eight years we have taken two days to hold clinics for the recreational league in our city. Our coaches and players volunteer two Sundays to work with girls from Hillsboro Girls Softball Association (HGSA) to help them improve their skills in fielding, hitting, and pitching. This is a win win situation for Thunder Softball and HGSA. The Thunder Girls get to share the skills they have learned over many years of hard work with girls who are just getting started in this great game of fastpitch softball that we love.
At the end of December we had three girls from our Thunder program invited to play on an allstar team. The three girls, Alexandra Flores, Stephanie Meeuwsen, and MacKenzie Spencer traveled to Florida to play in an international tournament. The team was coprised of girls from the Northwest and they finished in 4th place at the tournament. It was a great experience for the girls getting to play teams from other countries.
All of our teams have been participating in some sort of fall ball, either a league or the older teams going to several tournaments. Our U18 gold team will be playing in a large tournament in Huntington Beach this weekend. This team had a very successful summer and the girls on the team are starting to get offers from colleges to continue their softball careers. Our U16 team is heading to San Diego this weekend for a tournament there. We will have seven teams for the 2011 summer season ranging in age from 10 - 18. This gives around 85 girls the opportunity to play softball at a competitive level.
Thunder Softball had a very successfull summer with three of our seven teams heading to national tournaments the week of August 2.
Our U18 Gold team qualified at a tournament in Vancouver Washington by winning their bracket, they also had a very successful tournament in Colorado with a record of 10-3. This team will be going to Marrietta, GA for their National Tournament.
Our U14A team qualified for nationals at their national qualifier in Billings, Montana. They went from there to Colorado for the Colorado Fireworks tournament one of the biggest tournaments held each summer and came home with the cahmpionship. After returning home they placed 2nd at the Oregon State Championships and ___at the Regional Championships. This team will be going to Moline, IL for their national tournament.
Our second U14A team also had a successful season placing fourth at the Oregon State Championships. This team will be leaving for Boulder, CO for the Western National tournament.
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