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Gresham claims softball title

Gresham finishes district with a 7-0 win over Portland
by: David Ball Gresham’s McKenzie Pierce has a ball deflect off her facemask during the title game.

Gresham won three straight games to take the District 2 Little League softball title Wednesday with a convincing 7-0 victory over Portland.

Gresham broke the game open with a three-run surge in the third inning, as its first three runners found their way on base. Avery Sundberg started the rally with an RBI-single into center field that brought in Meagan Bratcher.

The team kept the rally moving when Morgan Bratcher hit a ground ball into the dirt, giving Jasmine Brewer time to score easily. Portland was slow getting the ball back to the pitcher, and Sundberg took full advantage, speeding around third base and sliding home ahead of the throw to make the score 4-0.

After being held scoreless in their first at-bats, Gresham pushed across runs in each of the final four innings, capping the day with Janessa Treloggen's RBI-double to deep center field.

Gresham's Katie Ostgarden led off the second inning with a walk and eventually came around to score, while Mayra Mora came in as a pinch-hitter in the fourth, hit a single and scored two batters later.

Portland managed only a handful of hits off Gresham pitcher Morgan Bratcher, who went the distance. Portland tried to break up the shutout in the sixth inning, advancing a runner to third base only to see Gresham's Joely Hand field back-to-back ground balls to end the game.

Gresham advances to the seven-team state tournament, also hosted at the Centennial Little League complex. The team will open play at 1 p.m. Sunday against the winner of a District 7 vs. District 1 matchup.