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Juniors staying alive at state


   A three-game winning streak after an opening loss was keeping the Jefferson County Junior League all star team alive in the state tournament in Estacada as of Tuesday. A Sunday win kept Jefferson County's District 5 champs alive in the Junior League state baseball tournament.
    Losing to Portsmouth, 11-9, on Saturday, left Jefferson's County team of 13- and 14-year-olds on the brink of elimination from the event.
   By beating Silverton, 13-3, Sunday, Jefferson County, managed by head-shaven Mike Leno, stayed alive.
    It won again Monday so the Jefferson County team was within a Tuesday and Wednesday win of getting reach the finals of the tournament.
   Jefferson County needed a revenge win over Portsmouth, however, if it was to play for the state championship and a chance to battle for a berth in a regional event.
   Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Idaho state champions have to play in a sub-regional to decide which advances to a regional event including Northern California, Southern California and Nevada champions.