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LOs 10-11 all-stars advance to district final

by: , Members of the Lake Oswego 10-and-11 year-old all-star baseball team pose for a photo after taking second place at the District 4 Little League tournament last weekend. Lake Oswego breezed through its first five games of the tourney. But the Lakers ran into a powerhouse Murrayhill team in the championship game. Murrayhill won that contest 9-2.

The Lake Oswego 10-and-11 year-old all-star baseball team had a strong post-season run, going 5-1 and advancing to the finals of the District 4 tournament before losing to Murrayhill.

The Lakers started off the tournament with a 16-5 comeback win over Sun Creek. Harrison Ramey got the Lakers started in the first inning with a triple to score Duncan Campbell to take an early one-run lead.

The Lakers' high-powered offense got going again in the third inning. With two outs, Ramey and Reid Penny hit consecutive doubles followed by a home run by Austin Andrews, giving the Lakers a 4-1 lead. However, Sun Creek came back with four runs in the third to take a 5-4 lead.

From there it was all Lakers. Brennan Malagamba led off the fourth with a double. Michael Weiss, Mitchel McLaughlin, Cooper Hummel and Campbell followed with singles. Ramey then doubled and the Lakers ended the inning with six runs scored and a commanding 10-5 lead.

In the fifth, the Lakers had five more hits and scored six runs to win the game 16-5. Mitch Lomax pitched the first two innings and Malagamba pitched the last three for the Lakers.

The Lakers' next opponent was Cedar Mill. The Lakers got it going in the second inning with a two run homer by Malagamba. The Lakers ended the inning with five runs to take a 5-2 lead. In the fourth inning, the Lakers scored three more runs on extra base hits by Levi Rudolph, Calvin Hermanson, and a single by Campbell.

The Lakers put the game out of reach in the fifth when Penny hit a grand slam home run. The Lakers went on to win 13-2. Penny pitched the first four innings Austin Andrews pitched the final inning for the Lakers.

In the Lakers' third game, they won against Sunset Park by a score of 13-2. Lomax started the Lakers scoring in the third inning with a three-run homer. The Lakers scored two more in the third, three in the fourth, and five in the fifth inning.

Reid Martin had the final hit in the fifth inning to drive in two runs to end the game. Ramey, Campbell and Malagamba each had two doubles to lead the Laker offense. Andrews pitched the first inning and Rudolph pitched the last four innings for the Lakers.

In the fourth and final game of pool play, the Lakers won 10-0 over Wolf Creek. Lomax got the Lakers going early with a grand slam home run in the bottom of the first inning. Daniel Kelly had two hits to lead the Lakers. Malagamba pitched a complete game while allowing only one hit.

In the semifinals, the Lakers played a strong Tigard team. The Lakers offense got going early when Campbell hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. That was followed by a single by Ramey and a home run by Lomax to take a 4-0 lead after one inning. In the third inning, Ramey led off with a single followed by back to back home runs by Penny and Lomax to end the inning with a commanding 7-0 lead.

In the fifth, the Lakers scored three more runs on singles by Penny, Hummel and Rudolph. The Lakers scored three more in the sixth to win the game by a score of 13-1. Penny pitched all six innings for the Lakers allowing only four hits.

In the championship game against Murrayhill, the Lakers were trailing 4-0 going into the third inning when Hermanson hit a two-run homer to cut the Murrayhill lead to 4-2. The Lakers battled to the end, eventually falling short by a 9-2 score. Malagamba pitched the first three innings, Hermanson the fourth inning and Ramey the last two innings for the Lakers.