NW Xplosion wins Western National title

August 6, 2013 

The NW Xplosion won the 12U-A ASA Western National last weekend, going 10-0, including 9-5 victory over the Rip City Rage (Portland) in Sunday’s title game in Medford, Ore.

The Western Nationals featured 44 teams from California, Oregon and Washington. Win-ning the title earned the Xplosion a berth to the national tournament next summer in San Diego.

After going 4-0 in practice games and pool play, the Xplosion opened double-elimination play Thursday with a 4-1 win over the OBS Monarchs (Tracy, Calif.). On Friday, the Xplosion beat the Oregon Silver Bullets (Portland) 3-0. On Saturday, the Xplosion beat the Roseville Heat 7-2 and the Washington Speed (Tacoma) 12-5.

The Xplosion entered the final day of the tournament as one of two undefeated teams. On Sunday, they opened with a 16-7 win over the Rip City Rage. They then beat the Rage again in the championship game.

Northwest Xplosion is comprised of girls from Walla Walla, the Tri-Cities and La Grande.

Team members include Kamryn Coleman, Lauren Hoe, Faith Hoe, Teisha Payne, Maddy Thomas, Ali Skurski, Madison Hooper, Ashten Wright, Mady Bell, Kendall Curtis and Natalie Hayward. Coaches are Andy Coleman, Keala Hoe and Steve Farrington.

College softball

Connell graduate Kayla Bjorge transferred from State College of Florida to Francis Marion University to play softball.

An outfielder, Bjorge will join the Patriots for the 2014 season. Last season, she appeared in 50 games for the Manatees and batted .312 with 10 RBIs and a team-high 19 stolen bases. She earned first-team All-Conference honors in her final season at SCF and was also a second-team All-Conference selection in 2012.


Babe Ruth 16-18s: The Columbia Basin River Dogs 16-18 Babe Ruth team is headed to the Babe Ruth World Series after a dominant showing at regionals last weekend in Klamath Falls, Ore.

The team, which featured several athletes from the North Central Washington region, got off to a rocky start in pool play with an 8-5 loss against host team Klamath Falls.

It went on to win its next three contests, which included an 11-0 victory over Missoula, Mont., a 5-0 win against Yreka, Calif., and a 10-1 victory against Calgary, Alberta.

The Columbia Basin River Dogs advanced to the Pacific Northwest regionals semifinals after notching a 3-1 record in pool play and defeated Port Angeles 9-1 to clinch a spot in the championship game.

They faced Klamath Falls in a rematch and won 6-3 Sunday to earn a trip to Covington County, Ala., for the World Series. They begin play in the week-long tournament Aug. 15.

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