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Reece honored as All-Star Series MVP

The Oregon City graduate helps lead the North to victory in the three-game series


by: RYAN LAGRANGE - Oregon Citys Jon Reece heads for home in the Pioneers state final with Thurston. Reece capped off a tremendous high school career over the weekend, earning North MVP honors for the 6A/5A All-Star Baseball Series.CORVALLIS - Oregon City High School graduate Jon Reece was named the North MVP, as the North All-Stars won the three-game series from the South in last weekend's 2012 Oregon 6A/5A Senior All-Star Baseball Series. Reece (4-for-5) had hits and either drove in runs or scored in all three games.

Reece and Oregon City graduate Louis Wolf both made big contributions, as the North All-Stars topped the South 7-4 in Saturday's nine-inning opener.

Reece went 2-for-2 at the plate and drove in the North's first run. He also had five putouts and two assists at catcher.

Wolf (0-for-1) drove in two runs, the first on an error and the second on a sacrifice fly.

Wolf and Reece plated the North's first two runs in the top of the second. After two of their teammates had reached with base hits, Wolf brought the first run across when he reached on an error by the South third baseman. Reece followed with a two-out single to left to bring the second run around.

Wolf followed up hits by three of his teammates in the top of the third with a sacrifice fly to left that scored a run and put the North up 4-0.

Milwaukie's Keynan Middleton (3 strikeouts, 2 walks, 7 hits, 3 earned runs) pitched the last three innings in the 7-4 win.

Reece (1-for-2) helped bring two runs around in Saturday's nightcap, an 8-4 loss. He beat out a ground ball to the South shortstop for an infield single that brought one run across in the top of the seventh; and he reached on an infield throwing error in the ninth, bringing another run around.

Reece (1-for-1) scored the winning run in a 4-2 North victory in Sunday's final game of the series. He also had seven putouts in the nine-inning game.

With the North leading 2-0, Reece reached with one out in the second inning on a single to centerfield. He stole second, and scored on a base hit up the middle by Forest Grove outfielder Jake Bennett.

Lake Oswego's Will Waterman, who struck out four, walked three and scattered five hits in six shutout innings in Saturday's 7-4 win, was honored as the North's 'Most Outstanding Pitcher.'

Oregon City coach Greg Lord coached the North All-Stars, along with Wilson coach Mike Clopton.