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Nationals rally to keep season alive

LITTLE LEAGUE - Gresham Nationals get winning run in the bottom of the sixth to win district crown
by: David Ball Gresham’s Ethan Rose works for a double play during an earlier game.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Gresham National all-stars rallied to stave off elimination with a 6-3 win over Sprague at the ages 9-10 Little League state tournament Monday night at Gresham's Main City Park.

Gresham tied the score in the third inning when Durham Sundberg scored the first of his three runs in the game on a Sprague throwing error.

The score would remain tied until Gresham came up in the top of the fifth, where Sundberg led off the inning with a double off the outfield wall. After a single from Ethan Meckel, Sundberg came around to score on Tyler Ostgarden's RBI-single, who came around to score later in the inning and give Gresham a 4-2 lead.

Sprague refused to quit, coming back in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out RBI single that cut the lead to 4-3 heading into the final frame.

Gresham gained some breathing room by putting up three runs in its half of the inning, then called on Oberson to close out the game. He recorded three quick outs to eliminate Sprague from the tournament.

The Nationals continue play in the elimination bracket at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13.

Look for extended coverage in the July 13, edition of The Outlook.