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Bend starts fast to down Gophers in semis


Gresham falls into a 'must-win' game Thursday against LaGrande

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Greshams Hunter Snow fires a throw across the infield after scooping up a ground ball at third base Tuesday night.

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PORTLAND — The Gresham all-stars struggled to get their bats going Tuesday night and dropped their first game at the Little League state tournament 9-4 to Bend North.

The Gophers pulled even 2-2 in the second inning with homers by Keegan Hunt and Jaden Nehler. The team almost pulled ahead when Reece McKenzie launched a long ball into left field only to see it gloved at the warning track.

Bend broke the game open with a five-run spurt in the fourth inning to build a 9-2 lead.

The Gophers blanked Bend over the final two innings, but could only push across two runs down the stretch.

Gresham plays LaGrande in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Alpenrose Dairy, needing a win to force a rematch with Bend in the title series Friday night.

Look for expanded game coverage in our Friday, July 25, print edition.

View a photo gallery from Tuesday’s semifinal game at …


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