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Americans punch ticket to district finals

LITTLE LEAGUE - Gresham squad earns shutout victory over Clackamas
by: David Ball Gresham’s Alex Anderson races to third base during the team’s 7-0 win Tuesday.

TROUDALE - The Gresham Americans earned a berth in the minors (ages 10-11) district title game with a 7-0 shutout win over Clackamas on Tuesday night.

The Gresham squad broke the game open with a five-run spurt in the fifth inning with Alex Anderson, Brady Maynard and Stu Weber stringing together a series of run-scoring hits deep into the outfield.

'We came up with some big outs on defense, and the kids came back to the dugout pumped up, and that really helped to light up our bats,' Gresham coach Dale Loeb said. 'The kids just fed off each other.'

The Americans took an early 2-0 lead and held off a pair of challenges in the middle innings.

Clackamas put two runners on base in the fourth inning when Gresham's Jimmy Nicholson came to the mound in relief. He struck out two batters and got a ground out to escape the inning with the shutout in tact.

He came up with another big play in the fifth inning, diving out for a catch on the third-base line in the fifth inning. First baseman Jacob Biesterfeld ended the inning by scooping up a grounder behind the bag to strand a runner at third.

Clackamas faces Reynolds Black in the consolation final at 6 p.m. Wednesday with the winner advancing to face the Gresham Americans in the finale at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The tournament is being hosted at the Reynolds Little League complex.

Look for expanded game coverage in the June 29 edition of The Outlook.