Little Leaguers look to state tourney
All-Stars win two district titles
The Jefferson County Little League All-Stars teams competed in the District tournaments last week in Hermiston.
On Friday, the Jefferson County Majors team (11- and 12-year-olds) won, 6-3, over Bend South. Earlier in the week, the Majors faced Bend South and won by the same score. The win came afer shutting out Redmond, 3-0, on Thursday.
For Friday's game, Turner Gill pitched a complete game. He registered 11 strikeouts and gave up six hits. Rodney Smith went three-for-four and hit two homers for Jefferson County.
"He (Smith) did a good job hitting a great job catching the ball," said team manager Bob Gill of Smith's Friday performance.
During Thursday's game, Austin Say pitched for Jefferson County and gave up four hits. Gill went three-for-three from the plate, while Smith hit a double off the fence to contribute to the win.
With the consecutive victories, the Jefferson County Majors team will head to Gresham to compete at the state tournament, beginning Saturday, July 17. The tournament will last until the following Saturday, July 24. The championship game is slated for Friday, July 23.
To kick things off, Jefferson County will play the winner of District Seven on Saturday at noon in double elimination format.
On Sunday, July 18, the winner of Saturday's game will go on to face the District Two team at noon.
Monday's games will begin at 7:30 a.m.
The Jefferson County Juniors All-Stars team (12- and 13-year-olds) took first in district and will also face tough competition at the state tournaments, which will be held in Madras on Saturday, July 17. Opening ceremonies will start at 8 a.m., before the first game begins at 9 a.m.
With two district losses over the last weekend, the Jefferson County Minors team (9- and 10-year-olds) finished the season and won't be making an appearance at the state tournaments.
In Madras, the Jefferson County Juniors will face the winner of the District Nine teams on Saturday at 4 p.m.
On Sunday, Jefferson County will face the winner of the District Five teams at 9 a.m., followed by taking on the winners of District Seven on Monday, July 19, at 12:30 p.m.
Next Tuesday, the No. 2 seed will face the No. 3 seed at 9 a.m. in field one, followed by a match-up between the No. 1 and No. 4 seed at 9:30 a.m. in field two.
The championship game is slated for 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Names of the competing district teams were not available at press time.
The Jefferson County softball teams also competed at districts last week.
The Jefferson County Junior All-Stars team took second in Districts last Saturday. The team slipped 6-8 in a close championship game. During the sixth inning, the two teams were tied 6-6.
The Minor and Major girls were out of the the tournament after losing their first two games last week.
The Minor girls lost, 14-1, to Crook County on Thursday, and lost again, 19-2, against Hermiston on Friday.
No other information regarding the girls' teams was available at press time.