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Adidas claims second straight LO Little League title

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Members of the Adidas team pose for a team photo after they won the Lake Oswego Little League championship recently. After winning the regular season title, Adidas beat Superior Fence in the league tournament.

Lake Oswego Little League just completed another exciting year of baseball with the 2007 year-end tournament and, for the second consecutive year, Adidas was the champion.

Adidas, the regular season champion, came into the tournament as the number 1 seed. Adidas started off the tournament with a 3-2 win over Duck Delivery. Adidas scored all 3 runs in the first inning. Harrison Ramey led off with a double followed by hits by Ben Torkelson and Scottie Guthrie. Mitch Lomax pitched a complete game while giving up only 2 hits. Cory Coombe was able to shut out Adidas after the first inning and pitch a complete game. Adidas' next opponent was Superior Fence. Superior Fence came out strong in the first inning. Mickey Gallagher reached first base on an error followed by hits by Daniel Verberg and Brennan Malagamba. AJ Vanleeuwen then cleared the bases with a 3 run home run. Superior Fence never looked back, winning by a score of 10-2. Adidas next opponent was Lakeside Lumber. Both teams played great baseball, battling to scoreless tie after 3 innings. In the bottom of the 4th inning adidas scored 4 runs. Harrison Ramey, Mitch Lomax and Ben Torkelson led off with consecutive singles. Christian Cerri and Giacimo Pacioni followed up with consecutive doubles. Adidas won the game 4-0. Mitch Lomax just missed a perfect game on the mound, pitching a no- hitter, striking out 17 batters with only one walk. This set up the first Championship game with Superior Fence on Saturday, June 16th. Superior Fence started out strong again as Mikey Galagher led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Brennan Malagmba to take a 1-0 lead. Adidas came back to tie the game in the bottom of the second on a single by Ryne Hill who would later score on a single by Tanner Iverson. Adidas then broke the game wide open with 4 runs in the 3rd inning on hits by Harrison Ramey, Mitch Lomax, Scottie Guthrie, and Ryne Hill. Adidas scored 3 more in the 4th and 1 in the 5th on a home run by Ryne Hill. Superior Fence had a rally going in the 4th inning when Anthony Dockstader made the play of the game. With one out and runners on first and second, AJ VanLeeuwen hit a line drive to right field that looked like a sure double but Anthony Dockstader made a great catch and then throw to first base to complete the double play. The final score was 9-1. Harrison Ramey pitched a complete game for adidas. Daniel Verberg , Mikey Gallager, and Whit Anderson pitched for Superior Fence.

With Adidas win on Saturday, a second and deciding championship game with Superior Fence was played on Sunday, June 17th. Both teams played outstanding baseball and battled to a scoreless tie after 4 innings. In the top of the 5th inning, Superior Fence looked like they might break through with a run when Whit Anderson hit a double with only one out. However, Mitch Lomax was able to strike out the next two batters to end the threat. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Mitch Lomax led off with a double and later scored on a clutch single by Scottie Guthrie giving adidas a 1-0 lead. In the top of the 6th it looked like the game might be over but with 2 outs, Daniel Verberg hit a dramatic double and later scored to tie the game at 1-1. Adidas went down 1-2-3 in 6th to send the game into extra innings. In the top of the 7th inning, Superior Fence got started with a single by AJ Vanleeuwen. AJ advanced to second on a past ball. With one out, Whit Anderson hit a shot towards second base. Christian Cerri leaped up, caught the ball and then threw a strike to Harrison Ramey at second base to double up the runner and end the threat. Harrison Ramey led off the bottom of the 7th with a triple. It looked like Harrison would score the winning run when Mitch Lomax hit a hard grounder to the 3rd baseman, but Harrison got caught up between 3rd and home and was eventually tagged out. However, Mitch Lomax was able to advance to 3rd during the play and scored the game winning run on a single by Ben Torkelson. Mitch Lomax pitched the first 6 innings for adidas and Avery Prentice pitched the 7th inning to get the save. Brennan Malagamba pitched the first 6 innings for Superior Fence and Mickey Gallager pitched the 7th.