Seaside Kids, Incorporated and the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) combined to host U14C and U12C softball tournaments, June 3-4.
Seaside Kids, Inc.’s U14 team defeated Gaston 13-10 to open the tournament Saturday in pool play.
Their second game was against the Grizzlies of McMinnville, which posted a 13-6 win over Seaside.
In Sunday’s eight-team bracket play, Seaside was the No. 2 seed from the A pool and was matched against the Lady Royals from Eugene, the No. 3 team from the B pool.
Going into the bottom half of the fifth inning, Seaside trailed by five runs, but they rallied with six runs, capped by a game-winning single from Gracie Rhodes, which allowed Emily Philbrook to score to tie the game and McKenzie Cole to slide into home plate for the 14-13 win.
The win advanced Seaside to the semifinal game against Ignite from Vancouver, Wash.
Ignite won, 18-0, then defeated the Legends of Gresham 20-0 in the championship game. Seaside and Scappoose tied for third.
The U12 Seaside team lost to O’Brien Timber 9-3, and then fell 12-5 to Gaston Saturday.
Sunday in bracket play, Seaside defeated Amity 13-4, then suffered a 10-5 loss to Renegade. Playing in the third place game, Seaside lost 14-12.
Seaside Kids’ softball program started playing in the NAFA tournaments last year.
Up until this weekend, the U12 and U14 teams had been winless. It was a very successful weekend for both teams, as they recorded their first wins, with third- and fourth-place spots, respectively.
Seaside Kids thanks Sweet Septic for the donation of their facilities, the Seaside School District for the use of the Wahanna Fields, SEPRD and the City of Seaside for the use of Broadway Field.
Both tournaments brought 17 teams to Seaside for the two-day weekend tournament.