Jeff. County majors win two games

Lockey strong on hill, behind plate in victories

by: Photo By Joe McHaney - Jefferson County catcher Tyler Lockey is mobbed by teammates, while teammate Lewis Fine gives a fist pump after the team’s victory over Crook County in the District 5 Little League Majors baseball tournament July 1 at Juniper Hills Park in Madras.

Jefferson County has taken its lumps in Majors baseball in District 5 Little League all-stars in recent years, but the boys in red turned heads this past weekend with a pair of wins.
   With wins over Warm Springs Nation (10-5) and Crook County (5-3), Jefferson County earned the right to face Hermiston July 3 in the championship semifinals. John Day River will face Bend North in the other semifinal game July 3 - both games were played after press deadline.
   "These boys have been working hard for the past few years and they are finally seeing the fruits of their labor," said Jefferson County manager Brad Holliday. "Hermiston will be tough, but all of our games have been tough. These boys that we have are battlers and it will be fun."
   Against Crook County, Jefferson County catcher Tyler Lockey ended the threat in the fifth frame by ending the inning with a toss to second baseman Brogan Alegre to catch a Crook County runner sleeping. Lockey followed that play by throwing out a Crook County runner at third base for the final out of the game in the sixth and final frame.
   "He is an all-around player and he is leading us, but this has been a group effort," Holliday said of Lockey, who was mobbed by teammates in celebration after the final out.
   An RBI single by Lewis Fine highlighted a three-run first inning for Jefferson County, and Jared Holliday smashed a double in the middle of a two-run rally in the fourth inning for the local boys.
   Brendon Chess earned the win on the hill for Jefferson County.
   Against Warm Springs Nation, Lockey booked four strikeouts over three innings to earn the pitching victory.
   Leading 9-2, Jefferson County withstood a three-run rally in the fifth frame by Warm Springs Nation. Kanim Smith III of Jefferson County answered the rally with a home run and followed by shutting down Warm Springs Nation in order on the hill in the final inning of play.
   Jared Holliday finished two for four at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning, and Fine went two for three with three runs scored. Smith finished three for four with two runs scored.
   Jevin Smith went one for two at the dish, including a towering solo home run in the fourth inning, for Warm Springs, and teammate Michael Kaltsukis went three for four.
   In other games:
   John Day 9, The Dalles 8
   John Day scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to edge The Dalles 9-8 in the second round.
   Singles by Brody Woods, Bailey Keever and Kolbe Bales highlighted John Day's three-run rally in the final frame.
   Bend N. 11, Columbia 1
   Jacob Cockrum scored three runs and Matt Scarborough struck out seven batters in leading Bend North to an 11-1 victory in the second round.
   Hermiston 1, Hood R. 0
   Hermiston's Joel Mendez accounted for the game's only run in the bottom of the third frame with an inside-the-park home run to lift Hermiston past Hood River in the second round.
   Hermiston, which had a bye in the opening round, held Hood River to six hits thanks to pitching by Lukas Tolan and Caden Schwirse.
   WSN 17, Redmond 2
   In the opening round of consolation play, Chad Thurby went four for four with two triples and four RBIs, and Michael Kaltsukis went three for three at the dish in lifting Warm Springs Nation to a 17-2 win over Redmond.
   Jevin Smith ripped his second home run of the tournament in the second inning for Warm Springs Nation.
   T. Dalles 14, S. Central 3
   Dan Peters belted two homes runs and scored three runs in leading The Dalles past South Central in the opening round.
   Crook Co. 15, Redmond 0
   Kyle Smith and Devin Wilson hit first-inning home runs in helping Crook Co. defeat Redmond 15-0 in the opening round.
   Hood River 10, Bend S. 4
   Hood River put defending District 5 champion Bend South away in the bottom of the fifth inning with four runs.
   Clean-up hitter Conner Coerper smashed a first-inning home run and Trevor Lariza smacked a home run in the fourth frame for the victory.