Team takes the worry out with 8-1 win in finals
With only three teams, the Little League District 1 10-11 year-olds needed just four games total to determine a champion last week.
Scappoose got a bye in the first round, and then beat Wilshire-Riverside 7-2 in their first meeting.
St. Helens lost to Wilshire 14-0 in the first meeting, and then fell 11-1 in the second go-round. That put Wilshire-Riverside into the finals with Scappoose, but needing to beat them twice.
Scappoose had no inclination of playing a second game, posting an 8-1 win for the title.
Hunter Holmason did a lot of the heavy lifting for Scappoose. He went over four innings on the mound, striking out the side in the second and sixth innings. At the plate he singled to score Nicky Gil and Jerad Toman, and then himself off some throwing errors. The hit came off an attempted intentional walk that he reached out and snagged. Wilshire was successful in intentionally walking him the next time.
Scappoose was nursing a 3-1 lead going into the top of the sixth. They put the game away with a five-run surge. Carson Witt led off the inning with a walk, and then was safe and scored on an overthrow that put Tanner Kramer on base. Joey Wagenknecht singled, and Gil was safe on another fielder's choice. Alex Toman and Christopher Bendle followed with singles for one and two RBIs, respectively. Another run scored on a passed ball.
The win sent Scappoose to the state tournament, hosted by Lakeside. They had pool games on Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. The championship rounds are set for Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Scappoose 10-11s split first two state games
The Scappoose Little League 10-11 year-old team kicked off the state tournament at Lakeside with a 9-1 win over Murrayhill on Saturday.
The team has three pool play games. The top two teams in each pool make the finals on Wednesday and Thursday.
Scappoose suffered a setback on Sunday with a 16-5 loss to Clackamas. They can still make the final rounds with a win over Bend North on Tuesday. Bend North was 0-2 going into the game. Clackamas is 2-0, and Murrayhill 1-1. Murrayhill plays Clackamas, but can only advance if Scappoose loses and they win. Scappoose has the head-to-head tiebreaker if the two clubs tie. Bend North could advance if they beat Scappoose and Murrayhill loses.
Scappoose would play at 4 p.m. Wednesday if they win. The finals are set for 4 p.m. Thursday between the two teams that lose Wednesday, and at 6:30 p.m. for the championship.