By Peggy Goergen
Special to the Pilot
The Brookings Harbor Major Little League Softball team became 2008 District Champions in Grants Pass on Saturday while the Minor Softball Team advanced from pool play with one win and two losses.
The players on the majors team, ages 11 and 12, are a combination of 10 local girls and one from the interlocking League in Gold Beach.
Both teams have the benefit of several players who advanced during the 2007 season to win a championship at district and then to take second place in the 9 to 10 year- old division at the State Little League Softball Tournament in Redmond. "Those players with last year's tournament experience are bringing up the level of play for everyone on their team," stated Willy Goergen, majors manager. "Players and coaches alike are excited about another outstanding season." Players on the major team include Hannah Baron, Hannah Goergen, Courtney Kay, Halie Ostman, Jessica Yock, Alaura Marrington, Kayla Webre, Lindzee Murray, Cayleen Wiley and Amanda Hudson of Brookings, and Mallory Loynes of Gold Beach.
Highlights of the first game of the double-header championship game with Gold Valley included pitching efforts from Jessica Yock and Courtney Kay, who together held Gold Valley to two runs. Strong hitting gained the Brookings girls 18 runs, including three doubles by Alaura Marrington,a double and two triples from Halie Ostman, and a double by Lindzee Murray. The second game, led by pitchers Courtney Kay, Hannah Goergen and Mallory Loynes, allowed only one Gold Valley run, while racking up 13 runs for Brookings. Every member on the team got at least one hit, including a double by Hannah Baron.
The minor team, ages 9 to 10, includes 10 local and two Gold Beach players. Minor team players include Jamie Macken, Taylor Ostman, Kaylee Gorman, Adrienne Wood, Cassidy Chandler, Drew Farmer, Emile Johnson, Jocelyn Kay, and Hailee Murray of Brookings, and Savanna Rucker and Hailey Timius of Gold Beach. The team faced strong contenders in their first two games, losing the second one by only one run in the bottom of the last inning. The tables turned in game three, with the Brookings girls winning decisively, 14 to 8.
Manager Willy Goergen for major softball and Tony Baron for minor softball worked together to prepare both teams for the tournaments. Other coaches include Lonny Marrington, Richard Yock, and Peggy Goergen of the Majors team, and Daryn Farmer on minors. Jessica Goergen, two time All-District First Team pitcher for this past season's Brookings Harbor Bruins, worked with pitchers on both teams. Savanna Hensley, who played varsity softball this year at University of California, Berkeley, offered her expertise, as well.
Both managers complimented the players' spirit and enthusiasm and also that of their parents. "Without the support and assistance of the parents and the local league, this type of activity would not be possible," said Goergen, and went on to mention the many ways parents are helping out, from bringing snacks to practice to watching and offering support during practice sessions. Fundraising is under way to support the major team as they move on to the state tournament, held in Gresham. The first game will be on Saturday, July 12 at 3:30 p.m.
For information, contact any player or coach.