By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The 9- and 10-year-old Brookings-Harbor All Star softball team took second place at the Little League Softball Oregon State Championship Tournament Tuesday afternoon in Redmond.
In the championship game, the All-Stars lost 17-8 to the host Redmond team.
"One bad inning kept us from a state championship," Manager Willy Goergen said.
Brookings, the District 8 champions, led through the first four innings of play, but their 8-6 lead didn't hold up as Redmond rallied for nine runs in the top of the fifth inning.
"The girls really held their composure," Goergen said. "They were down by nine runs, but they kept battling and kept fighting."
Halle Ostman led the All-Stars from the plate in the final game, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple.
"The kids played really well and swung the bats well all weekend," Coach Peggy Goergen said.
After sweeping pool play, Brookings drew the number one seed and received a bye into the championship game where they faced a very talented Redmond squad.
In the opening game of pool play, the All-Stars needed seven innings to put away Scappoose in a 13-12 win.
Hannah Goergen earned the win on the mound, while Ostman and Courtney Kay helped out in relief.
Their second game in pool play was against Ore-Cal (a team combined of players from small towns in Oregon and California based out of Klamath Falls) and the All-Stars were able to finish them with a final score of 12-8.
Ostman got the win in game two, with an inning and a half relief by Kaitlin Saphiloff.
With their loss in the championship game, the girls missed the Little League Regional Tournament by just one game and wrapped up an experience full of dramatic wins and come-from-behind play.
"These girls are only nine and 10 years old; so look for big things from these girls in the future," Willy Goergen said.
The team had six 10-year-olds who had experience as All-Stars and four 9-year-olds who were in their first year as All-Stars.
"We were fortunate to have six girls who had been there before," Goergen said. "But the four who had never been there really stepped it up through the course of the tournament."
The All-Star team was able to make the trip to Redmond because of dedicated parents and a generous community, coaches said.
"One of the main reasons we did so well was because of the support from the parents," Goergen said. "I'd also like to thank all the local businesses and members of the community who donated money and made it possible for us to take this trip."