Del Norte Little League’s softball teams have proven highly competitive in Oregon District 8 — their new home district as of this season — and at the Oregon state level.
In addition to the 11–12 Softball All-Stars finishing fifth at the Oregon State Little League Tournament, the Del Norte Senior (ages 13–15) Softball All-Stars tied for sixth place in their respective tournament, which took place July 12–16 in Scappoose, Ore.
The Senior Warriors won one game and lost three during the state tournament, eventually won by Portland/Powell/Taborvilla Little League of Portland.
“The girls did good,” Del Norte head coach Tony Bruschi said. “We just had a hard time at state. The competition was good.
“Half the girls (on the team) are coming back next year. They know what to expect now.”
The Senior All-Stars endured a difficult first day of competition on July 12. Del Norte lost its opening game to South Salem/Sprague Little League (Salem, Ore.), 5-2. The Warriors’ second game was held at 7 p.m. that night; they would lose, 21-6, to Peninsula Little League of Portland.
Del Norte struck back in its third game, on July 13, defeating Bend South Little League (Bend, Ore.) 15-1. The Warriors needed one more win to advance into bracket play, but Pendleton (Ore.) Little League stopped them in a 10-0 defeat.
With ample downtime between games, the Senior All-Stars participated in many activities together off the diamond.
“It was a little hot for the girls but we had a great time,” Bruschi said. “We went to the batting cages for a day. We camped out; the girls got
“They’d like to give it a second chance.”
Team members include Karina Moseley, Gianna Sandoval, Kashawna Coffee, Grace Bruschi, Preslynn Shaw, Caitlyn Herrera-Kelly, Kallie Roth, Jacobi Cox, Hannah Cox, Mariah Norbury and Roberta Peters.
The Senior Softball All-Stars and the 11–12 Softball All-Stars became Del Norte’s first Oregon District 8 champions after Del Norte joined up with the league in January, splitting from California District 26.