Thunder Softball-Oregon

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Montana McNeely Bio
Montana McNeely Bio

Linfield Wildcats are headed to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the 11th straight season after winning the Northwest Conference Tournament this past weekend. Montana McNealy who is a Junior Left-Handed pitcher for the Cats', Oregon Thunder '02 assistant coach and former Oregon Thunder Gold player will find out on May 5th where the Wildcats will be playing in this year's NCAA Division III Regional's.

Her Oregon Thunder '02 12A softball team is excited for her National Title run and her return to the Coaching staff where she mentors the groups amazing young pitchers! 

Oregon Thunder '02 placed 2nd during last weekends Blaze Invite in Portland Oregon. The young team went 4-2 over the weekend while falling in the Championship game to the host team 9-10. 

It looks to be another successful season for Oregon Thunder '02.

Blaze Invite 2014 - 2nd Place
Blaze Invite 2014 - 2nd Place

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech head coach Greg Stewart announced recently that Emilee Eastman (Hillsboro, Ore.) will join the softball program beginning next fall.

Eastman, a four-year player at Glencoe High School, helped the Crimson Tide to the 6A State Championship game in 2013 and to a 76-12 overall record the last three years at GHS.

During Emilee's ASA 2013 summer season, with Oregon Thunder, Eastman batted .464 with 45 hits, nine doubles, two triples and a pair of homeruns.  Her Thunder team finished their summer off at the 16A USA/ASA Nationals in Sunnyvale, Calif. where she hit a blistering 12-for-16 in the series.

“I am pleased Emilee has chosen Oregon Tech, as she will be a good addition to our squad for the next four years,” said Stewart.  “She is a good hitting infielder that plays third base for two very strong programs in Glencoe High and the Oregon Thunder ASA program.  She has the ability to be a good offensive threat in our conference as she makes a lot of contact but also hits with power.”

Emilee is the daughter of Jason and Lea Eastman and has a younger sister Alivia also a player with Oregon Thunder.  Emilee’s excited about joining the Oregon Tech family and plans to major in medical imaging beginning this fall. 

Emilee will join former Oregon Thunder Player Alyssa Davis at Oregon Tech who has had a very successful start at Oregon Tech.

Emilee Oregon Thunder
Emilee Oregon Thunder

Thunder fastpitch (tuck) 14U

The 2013 season was a time of development and fine tuning the girls’ fielding and batting techniques. These growing teenage girls were grateful for the upgraded Nike uniforms and equipment. The success of an athlete are made up of components like: skill, coaching, equipment, and athletic ability.

Team bonding

These girls have built strong bonds and friendships over the last 3 years of playing together. They celebrate the good times, get through the tough times and laugh each other out of a mental slump. Softball has taught them the importance of being strong physically and mentally. These girls walk through teenage life with confidence.

For more please see attached article.

Team Dedication-Sydney Angle
Team Dedication-Sydney Angle

In May 2013, the town of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas were struck by a devastating EF5 tornado. Winds reached 210 miles per hour and the twister stayed on the ground for 39 minutes, destroying homes, businesses and 2 public elementary schools. Twenty-four people lost their lives and 377 were injured that terrible day.

 One of those killed was a 9 year-old girl named Sydney, a third-grader at Plaza Towers Elementary School, and a softball player with "Bring It" a local ASA softball team. In addition to the loss of their child, the Angle family home was destroyed in the storm, leaving Sydney's parents, sister and brother without shelter.

Oregon Thunder '96 was scheduled to travel to Okalahoma City in June for the Hall of Fame National Qualifier Tournament and felt the call to help the Angle family. Our Thunder family and friends raised $860 in donations for the Angles. The Thunder girls now wear decals on their batting helmets with the state of Okalahoma and Sydney's #35 in her memory. Thunder girls and families visited the site of Plaza Towers Elementary, Syndey's school, and were awed by the total devastation that we witnessed, but were also touched by the unity of the community and work being done to clear out the rubble, rebuild and restart their lives.  The rest of the Thunder 96 season has been dedicated to Sydney's memory.

During the teams time in Oklahoma City they also played in the Hall of Fame softball tournament where they earned a berth for the USA/ASA National tournament. They leave next week to participate in this tournament in San Jose, California with 138 teams from around the nation.

Oregon Thunder 96 at Memorial Fence
Oregon Thunder 96 at Memorial Fence
Oregon Thunder 96 leaves signed hat and ball
Oregon Thunder 96 leaves signed hat and ball
Oregon Thunder 96 at ASA Hall of Fame
Oregon Thunder 96 at ASA Hall of Fame
In memory of fellow softball player Sydney Angle
In memory of fellow softball player Sydney Angle
Oregon Thunder 96 team at Hall of Fame Stadium
Oregon Thunder 96 team at Hall of Fame Stadium
USA/ASA National Tournament Logo
USA/ASA National Tournament Logo

Alyssa Davis played in the Thunder organization  for eight years and began her career at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls Oregon in 2013. Alyssa is having a banner freshman year leading the team with a .370 batting average with 8 doubles and 9 homerunsat about the halfway point in their season.

The following article was written after her first games this season:

Davis HR Lifts Tech Over Vanguard, 5 Bombs Takes Out Arizona Christian, Blanks Menlo


REDDING, Calif. – Freshman Alyssa Davis put the Owls on the board with a 1st Inning two-run homerun, while senior hurler Taylor Schmidt held Vanguard University to a single run as ninth-ranked Oregon held on for a 2-1 victory in game 1 of the Simpson University Tournament.  Five Homeruns would push the Owls to a 9-1 win over Arizona Christian in game 2, while Schmidt returned to the circle in game 3 and hurled a four-hit shutout helping Tech to a three-game sweep on the day.

The three victories today improve the ninth-ranked Owls to 5-1 to start the 2013 campaign.

Schmidt picked up her first win in the circle on the season as the senior struck out five and walked none versus VU in game 1.

Tech recorded just three hits with Davis’ second homerun of the season being enough run support for the Owls.  Shauna Collins scored a run after a 1st inning single, while Sara Coates was the only other Owl with a single in the game. 

Way to Go Alyssa, your Thunder Family is very proud.


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Thunder Softball

Location: Hillsboro, Oregon - USA
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Project Leader:
Favona Allison
Hillsboro, OR United States
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