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Tualatin team captures county tournament title

Heavy Metals, the team of 9-10 year-olds, starts play at the state tourney today
by: submitted photo, COUNTY CHAMPS — Heavy Metals claimed the championship at the Clackamas County Junior Baseball Midgets Federal Tournament held at North Marion.

Heavy Metals, the Tualatin-based Federal Midget (ages 9-10) Level Junior Baseball of Oregon team, took first place in the Clackamas County Tournament.

The Tualatin squad went unbeaten in its four games at the tournament, held Friday through Sunday at North Marion.

Heavy Metals took a league-best 17-0 record into the tourney, giving the team the No. 1 seed.

In tournament play, the Tualatin squad beat Oregon City 10-2, Gladstone 15-3, Clackamas 8-2 and, in the championship game, it bested Lakeridge 11-1 to take the crown.

The team's pitching rotation of Graham Russell, Jake Gellos, Taylor Boos, Cooper Brunner and Jacob Bennett kept opposing teams off-balance while sure-handed gloves behind them in Graham Fletcher, Kyle Esquerra, Connor Marleau, Jaxon Fox, Jonny Torgeson, Camden Muller and Mychal Makarowsky made play-after-play.

'A total team effort,' head coach Gordon Russell said, referring to his team's depth of talent, consistent ability to make plays and generate hits from anywhere in the lineup. 'Credit the boys, for executing our game plans to perfection while playing team-first baseball.'

Assistant coaches are Dave Gellos and Craig Fletcher.

Heavy Metals, coming off the county tournament championship, will open play today (Thursday) at the state tournament, which is being held at Dierickx Field in Gladstone.

Tualatin will open the state tourney today with a 9 a.m. first round game against Battleground.

A team from Sherwood will also be playing in the state tournament. It will face a team from Clackamas in a first round game today starting at noon.