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Gladstone trio excels in USSSA baseball

DeMarini Dirty Dozen win West Coast Nationals

HILLSBORO - Three young men from Gladstone were a part of a United States Specialty Sports Association baseball team that won first place at the recent USSSA 11U West Coast Nationals, held at Hillsboro Stadium.

Vying for the tournament champion DeMarini Dirty Dozen were Gladstone players Ben Fox, Tanner Marsh and Kenyon Yovan.

DeMarini went 6-1 in the tournament, with Fox picking up the win in the title game, an 11-4 victory over the Maple Valley Wildcats. Fox threw four strong innings before turning things over to Parker Kelly of Westview.

The Dirty Dozen went 3-1 in pool play, and advanced to the final with wins over Showtime (8-5) and Puyallup Rock (14-11).

The 10-team tournament included several of the top Seattle-Tacoma area select teams, along with an Oregon all-star team, a Pasco, Wash., team and a Columbia County all-star team.

'This was a very competitive tournament,' said DeMarini manager Galen Bland. 'Many of these teams play together all year long, while our players played on their local teams until the last week of July. Our team has some outstanding players, but I was most impressed by how the group jelled as a team over the long weekend.'

Joining the Gladstone trio to play for the Dirty Dozen were players from Westview and from Beaverton. Dave Cook, Pat Jones and John Gibbs coached the team.

The DeMarini Dirty Dozen will play in another USSSA event on Labor Day weekend at Portland's Delta Park.