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Smash take 17th at Western Nationals
The Tri County Smash 10-and-under competitive softball club took 17th in a field of 36 at the ASA B-division Western National Championships, held July 27-Aug. 3 in Las Vegas.

"Pretty good for a younger team that has only been together for three months," manager Mary Hackbarth said.

Tri County compiled a 2-3 record. Jordan Barber, Madison Marsh, Kaytlin Donaldson and Madison Hackbarth all pitched for the Smash.

The Smash went 1-2 in the double-elimination portion of the tourney.

Tri County lost 14-1 to the Cypress Blue All-Stars on Wednesday, July 30. Cypress' pitcher averaged 56 miles per hour on her way to winning an exhibition contest.

The Smash won one of two games on Friday, Aug. 1.

Tri County topped the Sanger Stars of Fresno (16-5) before being eliminated by the Danville Stompers (15-0).

Against Sanger, the Smash batted .460 as a team. Madison Hackbarth and Kaytlin Donaldson combined for seven RBIs.

Tri County scored 10 times in the second inning. Barber, Donaldson, Madison Hackbarth, Kindra Hackbarth, Nicole Bates and Sabrina Baisdon all had one hit.

Madison Hackbarth also starred at catcher. She threw out two runners at second base and saved a run when she blocked the plate.

Barber was the winning pitcher.

The Smash secured a split in pool play on Tuesday, July 29.

Tri County dropped its opener, 15-0, to the Central Grizzlies of Fresno.

The Smash rebounded with a 5-4 victory over the Half Moon Bay Waves later in the day.

Tied at 4-all in the bottom of the seventh inning, Nicole Bates reached on a walk and later scored the winning run on cleanup hitter Madison Hackbarth's clutch hit.

Madison Hackbarth finished 2-for-3 with a triple, single and three RBIs.

MacKenzie Veuve tripled and doubled in three at-bats.

Baisdon and McKenna Rickles both went 1-for-3 from the plate.

Barber, the winning pitcher, struck out five batters. On offense, Jordan collected one hit.

The victory snapped a three-game winless streak against Half Moon Bay. The Smash previously lost 9-0, 12-1 and 10-1 to the Waves.

"The girls were on a mission," Mary said.