Oregon Spirit Fastpitch: Welcome

    The Oregon Spirit program continues to promote self-esteem and having fun by providing the tools necessary for our players to achieve their goals. We believe these skills will be transferred to school, university, careers and to becoming productive young citizens.

    We dedicate this website to our parents, relatives, sponsors and especially Sabrina, Natasha, Calvin, Jasmine, Jose, Meghan, Brian, Nathan and our other friends at the Providence Hospital Child Care Center who inspire us to pursue our goals and understand that the ability to beat the odds lies within each of us…

Our History

    In the late 1980’s the Tualatin-Tigard Twins program began as an All-Star recreational team assembled to compete in the State Games of Oregon competition as a 10U Team. In order to compete in the State games, we were required to register as an ASA team with the proper insurance.    After a second place finish, the Twins wanted more and soon found themselves competing for the Oregon State Championships in Gladstone. Following a first round loss, the Twins began their first battle through the Loser’s bracket. The next 7 games were won by the Twins earning them an emotional victory for the Oregon State Crown!

    In the absence of a National Playoff, the Twins began fundraising and two weeks later, attended their first National Invitational in Santa Maria, California.

    As 11 year-olds the Twins stayed close to home, not placing high enough to qualify for Nationals but certainly creating the desire to do so in the future.

    The following year the 12 year-old core group of the Twins were still together winning the Oregon State Championships and Regionals, qualifying them for the ASA National playoffs in Chattanooga, Tennessee where they won 1st place in the consolation bracket!

    Shortly thereafter, the Twins staff split in order to begin development of a new 9 year-old Twins team while the older girls continued their softball careers as the N.W. Classics. The Classics maintained their winning ways for the next six years collecting 5 Oregon State/Regional titles along the way and competing at ASA Nationals four times. After their 18U Gold year, 7 of the original Twins received “letters of intent” from various colleges to compete at the collegiate level. As of 1999, 11 colleges have rostered players who competed in the Twins/Classic program.

    In the meantime, the second generation Twins began their journey; as 9 year-olds the girls placed 5th in State. At the age of 10, the Oregon State Runner-up Twins traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to finish in the top ten at the 10U National Invitational.

    As players from outside the Tigard-Tualatin area expressed a desire to become a part of the Twins/Classics program, it was time for a name change. After several weeks of brainstorming the girls selected a name which expressed their attitudes both on and off the field – the Oregon Spirit!

    After competing at the National Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the 11 year-olds began to prepare for the 1998 season. The 12 year-old Spirit was determined to qualify for Nationals and spent most of the season competing for a berth. Their goal took them to Washington, Colorado, Nevada and Idaho where they collected a 4th, two 3rds and one 1st place finish qualifying them to attend Nationals in Jupiter, Florida where they finished 16th. Prior to leaving for Florida, the Spirit gals were crowned Oregon State Champions for their local competition.

    With the memory of National competition still fresh in their minds, the 13 year-old Spirit team competed in 3 National Qualifiers with a 1st and 2nd place finish. Upon their return to Oregon, Spirit won their 2nd consecutive State Championship title as they prepared to compete at the National Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    The Y2K version of the 14 year-old Oregon Spirit opened their 88 game season with a win at the Tri-Cities, Washington National Qualifier. The Spirit competed at the 16U level for their next 4 tournaments collecting 2 each 1st and 2nd place finishes. The Spirit gals traveled to their first Fireworks tournament in Broomfield, Colorado where they placed 3rd in the National Exposure tournament, insuring them a spot for the 2001 tournament. Upon their return they successfully defended their Oregon State title for the third consecutive year! The Oregon Spirit was named first in the Northwest after winning the Region 15 Championships in Tacoma, Washington. The final tournament of their season found them in Panama City, Florida for the National Championships. Following pool play, Spirit suffered a first round loss to a top ten finisher, which sent them to the losers bracket for the 90-team playoffs. After winning the next two games on Friday, Spirit regrouped for a long day of play on Saturday. Competition began at 8:00 am and continued for the next 18 hours before the Oregon Spirit ended their 72/16 season with a top ten finish, placing 9th in the Nation!

    In 2001 the 15 year-old Spirit gals continued their winning ways by collecting an unprecedented 4th Oregon State Championship in row! After qualifying early for a berth to the National Championships, they traveled to the 100+ team playoffs in Bloomington, Illinois where they finished 13th.

    The 2002 Oregon Spirit fell short on their bid for another Oregon State championship, finishing 5th. However, their early win at a National Qualifier guaranteed them a trip to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a 33rd place finish in the National playoffs.

    With the players of the Oregon Spirit graduating to compete at the college level, the coaching staff took time off to enjoy watching them play ball!

    The young and talented Oregon Spirit team is looking forward to continuing the history of National competition by staying focused on the process rather than being concerned with the outcome. The girl’s commitment to the game, each other and the community is proven by their performance both on and off the field. The Spirit girl’s desire to give back to the community is reflected by their regular volunteer time and helping younger girls also pursue their softball dreams.




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