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The Smaash enjoys incredible run
The Tri County Smash 12-and-under travel softball team had an amazing run at the ASA/USA Girls' Class A National Championships.

The Smash won six of eight games en route to a fifth-place finish at the 89-team event, held July 31-Aug. 7 in Montgomery, Ala.

Mackenzie Veuve and Jasmine Temple starred at pitcher.

"By the end of the tournament, everyone knew who we were," head coach Mike Baisdon said. "It's nice to know where we stand against the other top teams in the country."

Tri County finished in first place with a 2-0 record in Pool H. The Smash collected wins against the Illinois Crete Crush (6-4) and Louisiana Voodoo (3-2).

Tri County beat the Alabama Thunderbolts (10-3), Illinois Windmills (7-3), Southern California Punishers (6-5) and Houston Power (15-0) during the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

The Smash dropped back-to-back games after reeling off six straight wins.

The eventual-champion Chino Firecrackers posted a 6-0 victory over Tri County.

Third-place Voodoo eliminated the Smash from the tournament. Tri County suffered a 7-1 loss.

"I'm really proud of the girls," Baisdon said. "We've had such a successful season. We won five tournaments in a row prior to going to Nationals."

The Smash compiled a 49-3 record in the 12-and-under division.

Approximately 11 players suited up for Tri County this year, including Veuve, Temple, Jessica Arreola, Sabrina Baisdon, Nicole Bates, Gaby Bonales, Kaytlin Donaldson, Haley Fuller, Mahlena O'Neal, Taylor Ward and Giovy Webb.

"This has been a very special group," coach Baisdon said. "There was no drama. They loved to play with each other."