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Youth baseball success story

Milwaukie youth baseball has one of its best summers in years


by: SUBMITTED - Milwaukies Senior American baseball team experienced plenty of success this summer, placing fourth in the county Junior Baseball Tournament and finishing with an overall record of 15-5. Vying for the standout team of 13- and 14-year-olds were: (front row, from left) Robby Santos, Zane Robinson, Dalton Libbey, Brad McVay, Aaron Wenger and Matthew Yerman; and (back) coach Ted Maier, coach Kevin Miller, Noah Miller, Darrin King, Max Schmich, Riley Howard, Gunner Murk, Theo Dover, coach Lucas Murk and coach Dave Howard.“This has been one of our better years,” said Tim Salyers, president of Milwaukie Junior Baseball. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had this many successful teams.”

Milwaukie had no fewer than five teams advance in postseason play this summer.

Milwaukie’s Senior American team (ages 13-14), coached by Ted Maier and Dave Howard, placed fourth in the county tournament, after finishing second in league. The team dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker in a game with Yamhill-Carlton for a wild-card berth in the Senior American State Tournament. The Milwaukie team finished the summer with an overall record of 15-5.

Seeded seventeenth, Milwaukie’s Senior National team (also ages 13-14) coached by Phu Hoang upset top-seeded West Linn to advance to the eight-team Senior National County Tournament.

Seeded seventh, Milwaukie’s Junior American team (ages 11-12) coached by Chad Center defeated Oregon City to advance to the Junior American County Tournament. The team went 9-7 for the summer, to finish with a winning record.

Milwaukie’s Midget National team (ages 9-10) coached by Gabe Storm went 10-5, placed second in league, and came up just a game short of making the Midget National County Tournament.

Milwaukie’s Midget National team coached by Aaron Cormack finished with a winning record, won a play-in game from Mid-Valley, but lost to No. 3 seed North Marion in a game that would have advanced it to the Midget National County Tournament.

Salyers explained the reason for the improved showing by Milwaukie summer baseball teams: “We’ve established some training guidelines, and we’ve really focused on training kids and training coaches.”

Salyers said Milwaukie has had increased participation in Friends of Baseball and high school clinics, as well as in clinics conducted by the Milwaukie Junior Baseball Association.

Salyers says the interest in becoming more competitive has been apparent this fall.

“We’ve got over 50 kids playing fall ball,” he said. “I can’t remember Milwaukie ever having that many kids playing fall ball before. I’m excited about the level of commitment.”

Vying for Maier and Howard’s Senior American team this past summer were: Aaron Wenger, Robby Santos, Riley Howard, Gunner Murk, Darrin King, Max Schmich, Matthew Yerman, Noah Miller, Brad McVay, Theo Dover, Zane Robinson and Dalton Libbey.

Vying for Hoang’s Senior National team were: Brian Amaya, Gunnar Anderson, Nick Apa, Tyler Bletch, Brent Charron, Ethan Dye, Tyler Hoang, Ryan Meador, Nick Paulson and Austin Sparks.

Vying for Center’s Junior American team were: Robbie Center, Keith Doherty, Jack Gabrish, Taylor Jolly, Tyson Kelly, Dustin King, Nathaniel McGowan, Kaden Middleton, Trevor Re, Brady Stapleton, Thaxton Stephens, Jessie Tattoo and Donovan Wah.

Vying for Storm’s Midget National team were: Eli Aiken, Hunter Entrikin, Peter Foulke, Garrett Leatham, Jacob Miller, Graydon Noe, Jack Ramos, Clayton Stacey, Cameron Stanfield, Aidan Storm, Owen Wadman and Sam Zimmer.

Vying for Cormack’s Midget National ball club were: Connor Amundson, Owen Brown, Austin Brown, Spencer Cormack, Marcus Diaz-Redman, Bryce Gentry-Wiley, Tyson Goucher, Levi Hampton, Logan Killian, Dominic Manson, Benny Meulners IV and Reese Vaughn.