It’s been a successful summer for the Oregon Lightning softball team.
The 16U travel team, comprised mostly of girls from Pendleton and La Grande, won three consecutive tournaments from June 9 to July 1. The summer season culminated this past weekend as the team went a perfect 5-0 to win the USA Softball 2018 Oregon 16U State Championship at Wallace Marine Park in Salem.
State titles have become the norm this season for the group of girls, as eight of the 10 team members were on either Pendleton or La Grande’s OSAA state championship-winning teams in the spring. Those girls include Pendleton’s Carissa Cooley, Chelsea Farrow, Sami Spriet and Ellie Lankford as well as La Grande’s Allie Brock, Kara Gooderham, Jayce Seavert, and Jaiden Hafer.
The Lightning cruised through the bracket over the weekend, winning its first four games by a combined score of 45-4 to reach the championship game. There, the Lightning defeated the Silver Bullets 8-0 to claim the trophy.
In that game, Hafer swung the biggest bat as she went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run to drive in three runs. After her, both Bailey LeBreton — from The Dalles — and Spriet had two hits as well.
For the weekend, Cooley had the best performance at the plate of the Pendleton products, going 8-for-18 (.444) with two doubles, seven runs and four RBI. Katie Bradt was 7-for-14 (.500) with three RBI, Spriet 6-for-14 (.428) with five runs and three RBI, Farrow 5-for-14 (.357) with four RBI and three runs and Lankford scored twice.
The Lightning finish the summer season 31-2-2 overall, but will keep playing in two national tournaments later this month.