The Barbers, an American Legion baseball team with players from Cleveland, Madison, Reynolds, Scappoose and Portland Christian high schools, came within one win of reaching the state finals last week at Eugene.
The Barbers, coached by Joe Duran, finished the season with a 37-16-1 record.
Salem Withnell defeated the Medford Mustangs 9-5 last Sunday for the title. Medford eliminated The Barbers on Sunday morning 16-5. The Barbers scored tournament victories over Grants Pass 15-5, Salem Post 9 15-5 and Dr. Stewart's of Roseburg 7-5.
• The Portland Baseball Club, comprised of 22 graduating seniors from various metro-area high schools, qualified for the Babe Ruth World Series, Saturday through Aug. 13 at Ephrata, Wash. PBC placed third in 2009 and second in 2010 to a team from Mobile, Ala., that is also in the 10-team field this year.
PBC won the regional title last week at Port Angeles, Wash., going 5-1 and avenging its only loss with a 4-1 victory in the finals over Wilder Baseball from the host city. Tanner Kichler of Sherwood tossed an eight-strikeout, two-hitter in the championship game, and Brock Pellow from Lake Oswego hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to give PBC a 2-1 lead.
• Former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen, who had a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series, will throw out the first pitch on Tuesday when the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes play host to the Eugene Emeralds. Larsen, 81, will sign autographs before and during the game, which starts at 6:35 p.m. Gates at Volcanoes Stadium open at 4:30 p.m. for the Class A Northwest League contest.
• The LPGA Safeway Classic, Aug. 19-21 at Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek course, is looking for potential caddies. Anyone interested should attend a meeting at the Ghost Creek caddie tent at 9 a.m., Aug. 14. Call 626-2711 for information.
• Willow Creek, District 4 champion, will serve as the host team for the annual Little League Softball World Series Aug. 11-17 at Alpenrose Dairy.