Youth baseball success story
Milwaukie youth baseball has one of its best summers in years
This has been one of our better years, said Tim Salyers, president of Milwaukie Junior Baseball. Its been a long time since weve had this many successful teams.
Milwaukie had no fewer than five teams advance in postseason play this summer.
Milwaukies 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, Milwaukies 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, Milwaukies 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.
Milwaukies 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.
Milwaukies 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: Weve established some training guidelines, and weve 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.
Weve got over 50 kids playing fall ball, he said. I cant remember Milwaukie ever having that many kids playing fall ball before. Im excited about the level of commitment.
Vying for Maier and Howards 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 Hoangs 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 Centers 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 Storms 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 Cormacks 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.