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Cedar Mill falls short of Series semis

The District 4 champs come oh-so-close against New Jersey on Sunday
by: MILES VANCE, GET AFTER IT – Cedar Mill center fielder Katie Mardesich tries to lay down a bunt during the fourth inning of her team's 7-4 loss to Pequannock Little League of New Jersey on Sunday in the Little League World Series at Alpenrose Dairy.

One swing of the bat.

That's all it would have taken to change Cedar Mill's fate at the Little League Softball World Series at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland.

The Cedar Mill Majors all-stars fell to 1-2 in pool play Sunday with a 7-4 loss to the East representative, Pequannock Little League of New Jersey. The loss effectively ended Cedar Mill's hopes of winning a berth in Tuesday's Series semifinals.

"It's upsetting but we've got to come back and win tomorrow," said Cedar Mill center fielder Katie Mardesich, who went 2-for-4 at the plate Sunday. "We just didn't hit the way we should have."

Cedar Mill fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first to the unbeaten team from the East, rallied to lead 4-3 after its opening at-bat, then saw Pequannock Little League push back in front 7-4 after 5-1/2 innings.

But Cedar Mill gave its all in the bottom of the sixth, putting together three straight hits to load the bases with one out before East pitcher Raquel LaManna bore down for the final two outs and the win.

Cedar Mill faces Canada at 12:30 p.m. Monday in its final pool play game, then will play again Wednesday at a time to be determined.

For a complete game story, see the Aug. 17 edition of the Beaverton Valley Times. To view a complete photo gallery from this game, go to www.milesvance.exposuremanager.com and click on the "Summer 2006" link.