by: KELLIE TORRES WALKER, The Sellwood Stealers celebrated with their “second place in State” plaque, after finishing the season against Yamhill.

For three years in a row, the Sellwood Junior American team--the Stealers--found themselves in a familiar situation. After a season of steady improvements, and some very tough competition, the team of thirteen boys, ages 10 and 11, gathered around their coaches last month during the Clackamas County Tournament with sense of accomplishment.

The Sellwood Junior Baseball players knew teams who placed in the top four of the County Tournament make it to the State Championship-and the Stealers placed 2nd in County, sending them to Camas to compete among the best 11-12 year old teams in Oregon and Washington.

The State Tournament brings the best 8 teams in the Junior American division together. The division is for players agec 11-12, and over 150 teams competed at this level in 2006, and the Stealers were one of the youngest teams represented.

A weekend of stellar pitching, hitting and fielding brought the Stealers to the State Championship Game on a Sunday afternoon. Playing a talented team from Yamhill, the Stealers battled hard in a tie game for five innings, and gave up just one run in the sixth to end losing the game by a 1-2 score. The Stealers had placed second in State!

Coach Walker commented, 'Throughout the year we taught, 'don't get too high and don't get too low during or after a game'. Not only did they understand this concept, but they exemplified it better than any team I have been associated with.' Updates and information about registration for the 2007 season of Sellwood Junior Baseball will be posted online at:

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