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Area girls third in National ASA fastpitch tournament


August 3, 2016


The team placed third in the U16 Gold division.

Kathirin Hylton, of Lyle and Zoe Munn, of Parkdale are members of the Oregon Titans DeMarini fastpitch softball team that placed third in the National U16 tournament for ASA, held in Broken Arrow, Okla., July 19-23.

The Oregon Titans is an organization with softball teams from U10 through U18 divisions. They operate out of Salem, Ore. Hylton is a junior at Columbia-White Salmon High School and is the daughter of Jason and Ann Hylton. Munn is a student at Hood River Valley High School. Hylton plays outfield and first base while Nunn is a catcher.

The tournament included 34 teams and was a double elimination format. The Titans earned their way into the bracket with a 3-0 record in pool play. They defeated Illinois Force 2-1, then rolled over Firecracker HTX 14-2 and Louisiana Bombers 11-4.

In bracket play, the Titans defeated the Originals-Earl, one of two Kansas City, Mo. area teams 8-2. Their second opponent was the NW Raptors, a team from Battle Ground. The Titans squeezed out a 10-9 win.

The third game, played on Friday, was against another Washington team, the Washington Majestics, out of Buckley. It was another one-run game with the Titans winning 4-3.

They closed out Friday with another 4-3 win over Georgia Impact. They and the Texas Bombers were the only undefeated teams at the end of the day.

The two teams squared off on Saturday morning and the Bombers rolled to a 10-2 win. The afternoon game for the Titans was against another Originals team, CK. The Originals pulled out a 12-9 win and the Titans finished in third place.

The Texas Bombers defeated the Orignals 12-3 to claim the 2016 U16 Gold title. The Washington Majestics finished fourth and the NW Raptors were 17th.


TEAMMATES: Kathirin Hylton, at right, and Zoe Munn enjoy time together at the ASA National tournament in Oklahoma.

For the tournament, Hylton batted .391 with a double and seven RBI. She walked once and scored one run. Her OPS was .851. Munn hit .394 writh seven doubles and seven RBI and a 1.000 OPS. This was the first year for Hylton with the team.

Hylton said she liked the fact the team went into championship day with an undefeated record. "It was super hot, like 108, but a lot of fun."

The experience also got her name out there among college coaches looking for players. "It is kind of scary. I don't know what I want to do with my life yet," says Hylton. She and Munn are also assistant coaches with the Columbia Gorge Comets, a U12 team from the Gorge.

The Titans are holding their tryouts during over the next two weeks in Salem.


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