Oregon District 4 champs start against Thursday morning Tallmadge, Ohio at Alpenrose Dairy

Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE: DAVID BALL - Emily Harms leads the Tualatin City team off the field after Wednesday's opening ceremonies at Alpenrose Dairy. She was runner-up in the hitting contest during a skills competition later in the afternoon. Tualatin City is ready to roll at the Little League Softball World Series after enjoying opening ceremonies Wednesday afternoon at Alpenrose Dairy.

The 10-team field was introduced under sunny skies with the playing of five national anthems representing the teams in this year’s tournament. Morgan Sprengle, a Portland Lutheran High graduate, performed the United States national anthem. She will join the choir at Concordia University in the fall.

The teams met during an ice-cream social before heading back to the stadium for a skills competition. The Asofem team, from Maunabo, Puerto Rico, kept the fans moving with a series of festive chants from behind home plate.

Klara Pospechova brought the crowd to its feet once more in the pitching contest by zinging all five of her attempts through a tire at home plate.

Shea Walsh, from Robbinsville, N.J., won the catcher’s “Throwin’ Down” event, while Carly Atwood from Bossier City, La., was quickest around the bases in 12.05 seconds.

Jessica Strandland, from Victoria, British Columbia, had the longest blast in the hitting competition, while Tualatin City’s Emily Harms sent her first two balls deep into the left-field corner to earn runner-up honors.

Tualatin City starts the pool-play phase of the tournament at 10 a.m. Thursday,against Tallmadge, Ohio.

The top two finishers in each five-team grouping advance to Tuesday’s semifinals.

Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE: DAVID BALL - Tualatin City's Gillian Livingston takes aim at a tire target during a pitching contest.

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