HILLSBORO?- Playing up an age bracket, the Oregon Young Guns 16A ASA?team proved it can hold up against the best competition at the Hillsboro Tournament.

The Young Guns finished ninth in their bracket of 56 teams that included squads from as far away as Alaska and Montana.

"This was an excellent opportunity for us to see top-level competition from different West Coast states,"?coach Randy Crawford said.

The Young Guns played two games Sunday, going 1-1.

The team opened with a 4-3 win over the Oregon Spirit, getting nine strikeouts from Alex Hillmick and some timely hitting late in the game.

The Young Guns opened with a run in the bottom of the first to take an early lead but found themselves coming from behind after a three-run fourth for the Spirit.

But with two outs in the fifth, Jessi Lindsey connected on a two-run double that tied the game.

Then in the sixth, with the time limit reached for the game, Kaitlynn Griffith drove in the winning run with a walk-off single.

The Young Guns went on to play a team from Seattle in their final game, falling 7-0.

Crawford's squad couldn't find a hole in the defense in the game, recording just two hits.

"It is hard to win a game when you can only manage two hits,"?Crawford said.

Despite a rough game at the plate to end the weekend, the Young Guns had several girls post solid numbers for the tournament. They were led by Katie Bonnin's .400 batting average while Sarah Breninger and Lindsey hit at a .357 clip.


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