Jeff. County avenges last year’s loss
Last year Hood River eliminated Jefferson County's in the District 5 Little League Minors baseball tournament with a 33-0 victory and went on to finish second in the state tournament.
Jefferson County earned its revenge last weekend with a 4-3 victory July 1 in the second round to earn a berth in the championship semifinals at Juniper Hills Park in Madras.
"One year does make quite a bit of difference," said Jefferson County manager Ervey Dominguez. "I'm extremely proud of our guys."
Jefferson County will face Hermiston at 5:45 p.m. in the semifinals. Bend North and Bend South will play at 2:45 p.m. in the other semifinal game - both contests were played after press deadline.
"We have a great group of kids and I just really want to thank all the parents for all their support," Dominguez said.
Jefferson County trailed 3-1 against Hood River, but rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth frame highlighted by a Dalton Waldow single to earn the win.
"They had a pitcher that threw pure gas, but our kids hung in there and battled back," Dominguez said.
Liam White picked up the win on the hill, tossing five innings, and Jeremiah DeVore picked up the save by booking the final three outs.
Jefferson County trailed 5-2 in its opener against The Dalles after three innings of play, but stormed back for a 14-6 victory.
White went one for one with three runs scored, and DeVore tripled and Grayson Dominguez doubled during Jefferson County's seven-run fourth inning.
In other games:
Hermiston 13, WSN 0
Seth Prewitt went three for three and teammate Payton Smith scored three runs in leading Hermiston to a 13-0 victory over Warm Springs Nation in the second round.
Bend N. 22, S. Central 5
Dylan Ruhl and Jackson Murphy of Bend North each went four for four and scored four runs during their team's 22-5 win over South Central in the second round.
Bend S. 14, Redmond 6
Oliver Husmann went four for four at the dish with a double and scored three runs to lead Bend South to a 14-6 victory over Redmond in the second round.
Hermiston 13, J. Day 2
Hermiston scored four runs in the first inning and Jesus Castellanos went two for two with a double and scored three runs in Hermiston's 13-2 victory over John Day River in the opening round.
S. Central 13, Crook Co. 5
South Central rallied for six runs in the fourth frame to earn a 13-5 victory over Crook County in the opening round.
Austin McKittrick, Jacob Stratton and Brady Hillman each had two hits for South Central.