Bend South, Crook County pull off upsets
Jefferson County Little League and Warm Springs Nation Little League made several strong pushes in the District 5 all-star baseball and softball tournaments held at Juniper Hills Park, but in the end no local team earned a championship banner.
In baseball, defending champion Bend South won seven elimination games, after dropping its tournament opener, to win the Majors tournament. Bend North won the Minors and the 10-11-year-olds tournament, and Crook County defeated Columbia twice Sunday to earn the Juniors title.
In softball, Bend South/South Central took top honors in Minors, Bend North/South won Majors and Columbia cruised to the Juniors title.
All winners will advance to this month's Oregon state championship tournaments
Bend South won two extra-inning games July 7, and the District 5 defending Majors champions earned back-to-back titles with a 9-8 victory and a 16-14 victory over John Day River.
In the final title game, Bend South's Kincade Mickel, Reece Gordan and Dylan Ricker scored in the top of the eighth frame to break open a 13-13 game, and John Day River could only counter with one run in the bottom half of the frame.
Ricker and Mickel each scored four runs in the game and combined for five hits.
Needing a win in the first Majors championship game to force the final game of the tournament, Bend South scored a 9-8 victory over John Day River.
Nick Campbell of Bend South scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
John Day River reached the title game with wins over The Dalles (9-8), Bend North (9-6) and Hermiston (12-10).
Bend South lost its tournament opener to Hood River 10-4, but bounced back with victories over Columbia (12-1), The Dalles (15-3), Jefferson County (7-0), Bend North (2-0) and Hermiston (6-2) to advance to the Majors finale.
Hermiston 10, JCLL 0
After defeating Warm Springs Nation and Crook County to reach the championship bracket semifinals, Jefferson County was sent to the loser's bracket July 3 with a 10-0 loss to Hermiston.
The game did not appear as if it would be a 10-0 game through three innings of play as both teams went down in order, but Hermiston took advantage of three errors in the fourth frame to post five runs, and spoil an outstanding pitching effort by JCLL pitcher Tyler Lockey, who booked three strikeouts over the first inning.
Hermiston's Caden Schwirse and Garron Anderson combined for a no-hitter, and were two fifth-inning walks shy of a perfect game.
Kanim Smith III and Rich Danzuka drew walks for JCLL.
Bend South 7, JCLL 0
Playing in less than 12 hours after its loss to Hermiston in the championship semifinals, Jefferson County was unable to advance in the loser's bracket July 4.
Bend South led 2-0 through three innings of play and scored five unanswered runs over the final three frames for a 7-0 victory that eliminated the local boys in red.
Jefferson County's Tyler Lockey booked the only hit of the game for the local all-stars, a hit in the third inning, but he never reached second base.
Bend South pitchers had firm control on the hill, striking out 11 Jefferson County batters.
Kanim Smith III tossed 87 pitches for JCLL, striking out six batters, but ran into trouble in the fifth frame when Bend South recorded four runs.
The Dalles 14, WSN 2
After falling to JCLL 10-5 in its opener and defeating Redmond 17-2, Warm Springs Nation's tournament came to an end July 2 with a 14-2 loss to The Dalles.
Chad Thurby led Warms Springs Nation with a two-run home run in the third inning. Teammates Kahne Herkshan and Jevin Smith each doubled for Warm Springs Nation which allowed 12 runs in the third inning.
Host Jefferson County made a respectable run in the District 5 Minors all-star baseball tournament held at Juniper Hills Park, but it was Bend North that earned the championship banner with a 12-5 victory over rival Bend South in the championship game July 7.
Andrew Lovejoy went three for four with two runs scored and a triple to lead Bend North.
Bend North earned a spot in the championship game with wins over South Central (22-5), Bend South (16-5) and Hermiston (10-5).
After losing to Bend North in the championship bracket, the South squad defeated Hood River 16-5, The Dalles 15-5 and Hermiston (14-8) to reach the 9-10 finale.
Hermiston 11, JCLL 0
In a championship bracket semifinal game July 3, Hermiston scored 11 runs over the final three innings of a mercy-shortened four-inning contest to send Jefferson County, who had won its first two games of the tournament, to the loser's bracket in the Minors baseball tournament.
Seth Prewitt, who threw just 50 pitches, tossed all four innings for Hermiston and allowed three hits.
Kody Zemke hit a ground-rule double for Jefferson County, and teammates Jeremiah DeVore and Riley Forman booked singles.
James Helman led Hermiston with a two for three day at the dish, including a double and two runs scored.
The Dalles 17, JCLL 15
Needing a win to advance in the loser's bracket July 4, Jefferson County fell victim to a heart-breaking 17-15 loss to The Dalles.
Jefferson County carried a 15-14 lead into the fifth frame, but allowed three runs in the bottom of the inning and could not answer in the top half of the sixth inning.
DeVore led the local squad with a four for five day at the dish. The right-hander belted a home run in the second inning to highlight an eight-run second inning and had a double in the first inning.
Grayson Dominguez scored three runs for Jefferson County and Forman finished two for four with a double.
WSN eliminated in two
Warm Springs Nation lost 13-0 to Hermiston in its opener and lost to Hood River 16-1.
Against Hood River, Dapri Miller walked and scored the only run for Warm Springs Nation in the first inning. Miller also singled in the second frame, the only hit of the game for Warm Springs Nation.
Bend North reigned supreme in the 10-11-year-old District 5 all-star tournament held at Juniper Hills Park.
The North squad downed The Dalles 8-2 in the championship game to earn a berth in the Oregon state tournament.
Laz Glickman led Bend North with four solid innings on the hill. He booked three strikeouts and allowed one run. Conner Duggan led Bend North with three hits in four chances, including a double and a run scored.
Bend North defeated bend South 11-4 in the championship bracket finals, took care of Hood River 5-1 in the semifinals and defeated Crook County 15-1 in its tournament opener.
WSN eliminated in two
Warm Springs Nation lost 27-0 in its opener and was eliminated by Crook County 17-5. Jefferson County did not have a team entered in the tournament.
It appeared Columbia would cruise to the Juniors baseball title with wins over JCLL, WSN and Crook County, but Columbia was tripped up in the first title game 3-2 and lost the finale 11-1 to the hands of Crook County, who finished runner-up to JCLL last year.
WSN 7, Bend N. 2
Warm Springs Nation's Anthony Holliday Jr., Aaron Winishut, LeiRon Picard, Tony Culpus Jr., Mateo Smith, Dale Kaltsukis and Oystnn Schjoll combined to hold Bend North to five hits July 4 during a 7-2 opening-round victory.
Mateo finished two for four with a double and two runs scored, and Holliday Jr. finished three for four with a run scored, and Picard and Winishut each had two hits to lead Warm Springs Nation.
Columbia 19, WSN 5
On July 5, Warm Springs Nation fell to Columbia 19-5
Warm Springs Nation's Tony Culpus Jr. went two for three at the dish with a run scored. Smith, Schjoll and Gavin Begay each booked singles for Warm Springs Nation that scored one run in the first inning and added four in the fourth frame.
Columbia led 8-0 after the first inning and added eight more runs in the second inning.
Columbia 31, JCLL 2
Thyler Monkus, Cory Landon and Dylan Grogan each scored five runs in Columbia's 3-2 opening-round victory over host Jefferson County Little League July 4.
Brennen Neuroth scored two runs for Jefferson County. The lead-off hitter went one for two and stole four bases. Garrett Stills had a single for Jefferson County.
Redmond 7, WSN 5
Warm Springs Nation scored its first three batters of the game, but only plated two additional runs July 6 during a 7-5 elimination game against Redmond.
Culpus Jr. doubled and scored a run in the first inning for Warms Springs Nation and walked and scored in the fourth frame. Smith, who singled and scored in the first inning walked twice and also stole three bases.
Picard belted a double for Warm Springs, but Redmond countered with four runs in the first inning, two in the second and added one in the third to hold off elimination.
Bend North 14, JCLL 8
Jefferson County exploded for five runs in the fifth frame July 5 to make the score 11-8, but Bend North didn't allow another run over the final two innings of play.
Stills, Daren Shaw and Alexander Brown-Nielson each singled in the fifth frame to highlight JCLL's rally.
Daniel Ramirez also had a single in the game for Jefferson County.
Hailey Nelson scored four runs and Bend South/North posted seven runs in the fourth frame to earn a 16-12 victory over Redmond to earn the District 5 Majors softball all-star championship.
Bend South/North earned victories over Hood River (22-2), Columbia/John Day River (11-8) and Redmond (8-5) to reach the title game.
Neither Jefferson County nor Warm Springs Nation had a team in the field of play.
Bend South/South Central defeated Columbia 14-10 to win the District 5 Minors softball championship.
Led by Emma Mone, who scored two runs in the inning, Bend South/South Central plated nine runs in the fifth inning.
Bend South/South Central defeated Hermiston 16-5 and Columbia 11-1 to reach the final game.
Columbia earned the District 5 juniors all-star tournament. No other information was available as of press deadline.