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Ford, Bradford are off to all-star game

TD duo and coach Steve Garrett earn trips to inaugural all-star showcase in Eugene

The Dalles seniors Ruthie Ford and Maddy Bradford (middle) were named to the all-star softball showcase for games starting at noon in Eugene. Along with them, TD head coach Steve Garrett will be one of the coaches on the North team.


The Dalles seniors Ruthie Ford and Maddy Bradford (middle) were named to the all-star softball showcase for games starting at noon in Eugene. Along with them, TD head coach Steve Garrett will be one of the coaches on the North team.



The Dalles seniors Ruthie Ford and Maddy Bradford have been selected to play in the inaugural Senior All-Star Softball Games held on Sunday, June 5 at Jane Sanders Stadium on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

The Riverhawk tandem was selected based on winning first-team, all-league honors as players during the regular season.

TD skipper Steve Garrett has been selected as a coach and he will be joined by Putnam coach Chad McGowan.

Garrett previously coached The Dalles Little League 12U All Star team in 1997, and he then coached a 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star team in 1998.

This is first try at coaching a high school all-star softball team.

“I am totally honored to be selected,” Garrett said. “I think it speaks of the respect that fellow coaches have for the success of our program over the years.”

The teams are divided into a North and South squad and the groups will play a doubleheader at noon.

Ford scored 24 runs, had eight extra-base hits, one home run, 30 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and a .451 on-base percentage. She also hit a robust .442 overall in 86 at-bats.

From the circle, Bradford had an 11-6 record with a 2.78 earned run average to go with 78 strikeouts and 21 walks in 110 2/3 innings pitched.

She allowed 77 runs, 44 earned, on 126 hits and had 16 complete games.

The senior led TD in hits (41), doubles (10), home runs (6), RBIs (40), slugging percentage (.888) and batting average (.513), and she was second with 29 runs scored.

Bradford was humbled by the selection, and added it is a nice feeling to be recognized for her efforts by opposing coaches from across the state.

She also gets one more game with her longtime friend, Ford.

“Getting to experience this with Ruthie is great,” Bradford said. “We’ve been friends/teammates for the last 10+ years. We started together and now we get to end together. I’m also thankful to have to this opportunity to play with the best from around the state.”



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