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Centennial takes down Camas to win district

JUNIOR BASEBALL - Hooligans advance to play at state tournament in Lebanon this week

One day after rallying to beat the Camas Heat in the semifinals, the Centennial Hooligans did it again on Saturday afternoon, winning 5-3 to claim the Tri-County district championship.

Just as they did the night before, the Heat opened the scoring in the top half of the first inning. After advancing a runner to third with two outs, Camas took a 1-0 lead on an infield chopper over the pitcher's head. After that runner stole second, he was brought all the way around on another single to extend the lead.

Centennial would respond quickly, as Jeret Schmelling drilled a two-out, RBI single over the shortstop's head in the bottom half of the inning.

After taking the lead in the bottom of the second, the Hooligans put runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the third. Following an RBI-groundout from Schmelling that put the lead at 4-2, Centennial's Remington Hoffmeister executed a perfect bunt to score the runner from third.

'We got timely hitting,' Hooligans coach Chris Fitzgerald said. 'The guys just kept putting the ball in play.'

The Hooligans advance to the state tournament July 21-24 in Lebanon. They play the first game of the eight-team tournament at 9 a.m. Thursday against Sheldon.

Look for extended coverage in the July 20 edition of The Outlook.