For the first time in almost two decades, the Keizer Little League All-Stars (8-9-10 Division) softball team is heading to the Little League state tournament.
The All-Stars defeated Dallas twice at Keizer Little League Park Saturday, June 23, to win the state berth.
In the first game, the Keizer team won 18-11 in six innings. The second time around, Keizer pulled out a 12-2 win in four innings.
Keizer scored eights runs in the first inning of both games.
At the plate, Marlina Martinez was 2-for-3 and scored three runs in the first game. She also pitched the first three innings, allowing two hits and one earned run while recording seven strikeouts.
Madelyn Sponable, who scored four runs, finished off Dallas in the circle.
Pacia Winter scored two runs. Courtney Corron and Isabella Harding each had two RBIs.
Martinez and Sponable again combined to defeat Dallas in game two. Sponable pitched the first three innings and Martinez got the final three outs.
Batting leadoff, Sponable scored three runs and drove in two. Natilee Corron scored two runs in the rout.
Coach Nate McClenny said it was the first time in 19 years that the 8-9-10 division team has made it to the state tournament.
The state tournament will be held in Medford July 18-21.
Players are: Jeily Ramirez-Sierra, Ellie McClenny, Madelyn Sponable, Carmen Thomas, Jordyn Cortez, Makiya Page, Isabella Harding, Annabelle Davis, Marlina Martinez, Pacia Winter, Shayla Mendoza, Courtney Corron, Baylie Imig and Natalie Corron.
Assistant coaches are Calli Sponable and Zac Thompson.