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West Linn wins the event while the Pacers finish 2-2

Lakeridge hosted what was perhaps its most competitive Firecracker Tournament in over a decade over the 4th of July weekend, bringing in 16 competitive varsity teams to play on two fields.

Solid crowds turned out to enjoy the baseball and the warm weather as Colin Griffin brought in some of the top teams in the Metro area along with two strong squads from Australia.

“We got a lot of compliments and it was just a great environment the whole time,” Griffin said.

It was a goal of Griffin's to create an event this summer that would bring in scouts from all of the local universities to see some of the state's top talent and, on all four days of the tournament, scouts and coaches were in attendance.

Lakeridge went 2-2 in the tournament. The Pacers got off to a rough start, committing multiple errors in a loss to Westview. However, Lakeridge rallied with wins against The Dalles and Barlow before finishing with a loss to Columbia River, taking second in its pool.

“We played a couple games the way we're capable of playing and a couple that were disappointing,” Griffin said.

West Linn would win the event, topping one of the Perth, Australia teams in the championship.

The tournament was a fundraiser for the Lakeridge baseball program as it readies to convert the infield of its varsity field to turf.

For Griffin, it marked his final Firecracker Tournament as he recently accepted the head baseball position at Jesuit High School.

Griffin revived the tournament after taking over the Lakeridge job and turned it into a premier wood-bad summer event in the area.

“It took me a couple of years to get to where anyone would even want to participate in it again,” Griffin said.

He is pleased with what he was able to accomplish with the tournament and is certain that the Lakeridge program is in a good place heading into next spring.

“The numbers are good and the there's a lot of talent in the program. I think the future could be very bright with the program,” Griffin said.

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