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Smash 16s finish first in pool play
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The Tri-County Smash showcased their talent on fields in Lancaster and Palmdale last month.

The Ceres-based 16-and-under travel softball team accumulated three wins, no losses and two ties on its way to a first-place finish in Pool B at the USA Preps So Cal Summer Sensational Camp & Tournament.

A total of 63 teams participated at the July 26-28 event.

"There were 35 college coaches there," head coach Donnie Donaldson said. "It's a really good exposure tournament for the girls. We're going to regroup the third week of September as an 18-and-under team."

Tri-County bested SOC Storm-Geisler and Iowa Blitz by identical scores of 9-4 on July 28.

The Smash blanked California Fastpitch-Vignola 5-0, and tied Mize Fastpitch Diamonds 16U 7-7 and Wicked AZ/CA 2-2 on July 27.

Tri-County had a 28-10-3 overall record and played in six tournaments this summer.

The Smash won the Junior Olympic Classic championship in Las Vegas on June 9.

Tri-County also finished first in pool play at three different showcase tournaments.

Two of Donaldson's players will suit up for Ceres High this spring, including daughter Kaytlin and Megan McCormick.

"They got a lot of exposure and playing time at a high level," Donnie Donaldson said.

Megan impressed coaches from Syracuse University, Alabama A&M and South Dakota State University at the USA Preps Camp and Tournament.

She belted 11 homers this year.

McCormick contributed at third base and first base on defense.

"She had an unbelievable season," coach Donaldson said. "She played very well."

Kaytlin, 14, logged playing time at first base and pitcher.

"She's one of the younger girls on the team," Donnie Donaldson said. "She had a good season. Her hitting's coming around. Her location and movement with the ball is better. She's matured gradually. She'll be a lot stronger and confident once high-school season starts."

Tri-County will be staging tryouts for all levels (18s, 16s, 14s, 12s and 10s), Aug. 17-18, at Ceres High School. For more information, visit