KENT, Wash. - The Oregon Young Guns dropped their first game Saturday 4-1 to the Shockwave in the 16 and under fast pitch softball national qualifier in Kent, Wash.

But the Young Guns rebounded to beat the Redmond Reign 5-4 and keep hope alive for an appearance in the title game.

Coach Randy Crawford said it will be tough sledding, though, as the team will need to win four games today against the top competition in the Northwest.

Against the Shockwave, Alex Hillmick gave up just five hits but Crawford said the team had trouble adjusting to the Shockwave's game plan.

"The thing that we're seeing more and more is that these west side teams play the short game,"?Crawford said. "The left handed bunters really caused havoc. We really don't see that a lot on the east side. It's a new thing for these kids to get used to."

Against Redmond, Kristen Crawford got the win but gave up 11 hits on what Randy Crawford said were a lot of bloop singles to the shallow outfield.

"They had so many little loopy hits. Just stuff that would fall just over the second baseman and third baseman,"?he said. "Every time she got someone on base she buckled down and threw really good."

The Young Guns continue play today at 9 a.m.


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