The Siskiyou Heat U18s came out of the losers bracket to win consecutive games  and take third place at the “Nationals” tournament in Aurora, Ore., July 24, 25 and 26.
GAME 1: The Heat opened with a 7-4 loss in pool play to the East County “Thunder” from Oregon.
The Heat scored two runs in the first when both Bethany Franklin and Sarah “Who” Jones stole home on pass balls.
Franklin started as the ever steady pitcher and did a good job. Thunder tallied 4 runs to take a quick lead. Thunder loaded the bases in the fifth but some great heads-up play in right field by Madison “Maddi” Moser throwing out two base runners to end the inning. In the sixth Amber “Nails” Sinnott pounded a two run double to make the score 4 to 4. Mindi Chandler came in to pitch in the sixth. The Thunder came back to get 3 more runs to end the game.
GAME 2: In their next game, immediately following, the Heat lost to Scapoose, 6-4.
In the first inning Sinnott hammered a double to right. Jones followed with a double of her own scoring Sinnott.   Kelsie Moser followed with her own RBI single giving the Heat 3 runs in the first. Franklin started again and was as solid as ever keeping the Scapoose batters off the bases.
Heat added more 3 runs in the third when Kelsie Moser,  Lizzie Stone single and Sierra “C” Skeen, Samantha “Sammi” Reed got RBI singles and Bethany Franklin followed with a 3 run double and Sinnott and Lauren “Mochie” Young doubled to complete the scoring. Chandler came in to close the door in the sixth.
GAME 3: On Saturday morning the Heat played a close game the whole way against the Red Hots from Portland, Ore., and lost, 3-2.
Franklin started again but the Red Hots got a run in the first to take a quick lead. In the third inning Maddi Moser and Lauren Young got back to back bunts down and Sinnott hit a double for the first run and “Sammi” Reed hit a sacrifice deep to left that scored another run. The Heat defense was strong but the Red Hots got away with the win.
GAME 4:  The first game for the Heat on Sunday was  a 4-2 win over the Junction City Pride. This was the fourth time Heat has faced Pride in last three weeks during past tournaments.
The Pride jumped off to a first inning lead 1-0 but the Heat showed they were battlers. A great combination of Jones and Skeen threw out a potential run at home to end the first inning. In the third inning Lauren Young led off with an overthrow at first to get to third but the Heat bats couldn’t drive her in.
In the fifth inning the Heat defense shined again throwing out a runner at home from left field with a relay from Young to Sinnott to Jones. In the fifth things opened up for the Heat. With  2 outs Young singled and Sinnott drove a triple to right to get the first run of the game for the Heat. Jones then singled home Sinnott for the Heat’s second run. The Heat added two more in the sixth for a great come from behind win.
GAME 5:  For the second game of the day the Heat avenged their game 1 loss to East County Thunder with a 5-2 win.
Mindi Chandler came in to start and did a great job of keeping the hitters off balance and lunging for her deceiving change up. The Heat scored first with a run in the bottom of the first. In the fourth Kelsey Moser got on due to an error and stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. “C” Skeen then drove in the Heat’s second run of the game. Before it was over the Heat tallied three more in the inning including a 2 run double by Jones. 
Franklin then came in to close. Her speed and spot control closed the door on Thunder.
GAME 6: The Heat players were beginning to feel the heat of the day and couldn’t get much going in a final game 12-4 loss to new opponent Selah, Ore.
Selah was a quality team with hitting and pitching. Coach Rob Moser used the pitching combination of Franklin’s speed and Chandler’s change ups to keep the Selah batters guessing for a while. It was a close well played game for the first three innings but Selah got some key hits and some Heat miscues in the field led to the first loss of the day and elimination of the Heat from the tournament.
Next tournament for the Heat is Aug. 8-9 in Stockton.