BASEBALL - Defending champion Mobile comes out swinging for an 18-0 win in the title game

The Portland Baseball Club, which includes Barlow graduates Jordyn VanAtta, Jake Thran and Jake Otness, reached the finals of the Babe Ruth World Series on Saturday before running into a heavy-hitting squad out of Mobile, Ala.

The Rawdogs jumped out quick posting nine runs in the first inning, while putting up nine more in the third for an 18-0 win to defend their title from last season.

James Traylor threw a no-hitter with six strikeouts in the game which was called after five innings on the mercy rule.

The club knocked off Ottumwa, Iowa 6-2 in Friday's semifinals, scoring in each of the first four innings to move out to a 4-0 lead and was never challenged. Thran drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning to cap the early burst.

The team will face defending champion Mobile, Ala. in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Rawdogs picked up a 10-0 win Friday over Cape Cod.

The tournament is being held in Ephrata, Wash.

• The Portland Baseball Club won all four of its round-robin games at the 18U Babe Ruth World Series over the weekend to clinch a bye for Thursday's opening set of bracket games and a berth into Friday's semifinals.

The Portland club faced its toughest challenge in its opener before escaping with a 4-3 win over Nobleville, Ind. Spencer Maxey's two-out, RBI-single tied the game in the seventh inning, and Phil Belding reached on a fielder's choice and came home with the winning run on an error in the eighth.

'Our team doesn't panic,' coach Joe Taylor said. 'We play with a lot of confidence that we can get on any pitcher.'

Barlow graduate Jordyn VanAtta hit an RBI-single in the first inning and brought in another with a sacrifice fly in the third.

The squad went on to shutout Cape Cod, Mass. 7-0, putting up four runs in the seventh inning to secure the win. VanAtta went 2 for 4 in the game with a double.

Portland's biggest win was an 18-1 decision over Eagle Pass that saw VanAtta hit a two-run double in the first inning and a two-run homer in the second to give the team a quick 7-0 lead. Jake Otness got the start, giving up four hits over four innings. Otness and Jake Thran each went 1 for 2 at the plate and scored a run.

The club finished round robin play Tuesday night with a 9-2 win over Puget Sound, scoring in each of the first four innings to grab a quick 9-1 lead.

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