Oregon Avalanche teams wrap up successful fall season
OREGON — Oregon Avalanche finished their fall softball season in late October with records showcasing their playing abilities, both as individual players and as a team.
The 10U team had a remarkable season and finished with a 6-1-1 record avenging their only loss by sweeping the Wasco Warriors from St. Charles, at their final doubleheader. Members of the team were Lillian Anderson, Jess Bartel, Averie Dettman, Autumn Drew, Sophia Ebert, Harper Johnson, Hattie Johnson, Cara Kalnins, Audrey Leach, Kiera Nelson, Alyssa Rowe, Teagan Strohecker, Lenah Venezia and Emilia Wallace. The team was coached by Chuck Cain, Nate Rogers, Tim Strohecker and Lynn Kalnins.
The 12U team, coached by Lynn Kalnins and Gary and Makayla Young, worked diligently through the fall season to continue to strengthen their skills and focus on continual improvements. Members of the team were Lyndee Anderson, Kendall Boyle, Tessa Bruns, Gabby Burke, Izzy Burke, Kendra Ege, Emma Flanagan, Macauley Heuerman, Abi Kalnins, Neveah Rivers, Madeline Rogers and Avery Young.
The 14U team played strong and steady all season, ending it with a record of 8-7. Their final season tournament was executed and played well. The team played three back-to-back games against teams from the Chicagoland and won them. There were six teams in the tournament and based on a points system, Avalanche placed second. Members of the team were Isabelle Berg, Kendall Boyle, Grace Carreno, Sam Gray, Macauley Heuerman, Abi Kalnins, Liz Messenger, Chloe Mitchell, Lola Schwarz and Addison Truitt. The team was coached by Cari Berg, with Dave Berg assisting.
Avalanche teams are volunteering at the Oregon Candlelight Walk on Nov. 25. In addition, the team partnered with Ogle County 4-H to sponsor a winter gear drive through Nov. 15. Donations will stay local and can be dropped off at the Ogle County Extension office, 421 W Pines Road in Oregon.
Oregon Avalanche is a nonprofit organization that recruits and coaches girls 8-14 years-old in fastpitch softball. It is an all-Oregon Community Unit School District program helping players reach their potential in both the sport and community growth.