Carr Construction and Dow Bros. go extra innings to break deadlock
by: Jeremy Dueck, David Parks of Dow Bros. slides into second safely during last Wednesday’s Little League Tournament of Champions game with Carr Construction. The championship game was tied 2-2 after six innings, but Carr Construction broke it open with six runs for an 8-2 win.

Carr Construction of Rainier broke open a tie game in extra innings to down Dow Bros. of St. Helens, 8-2, and win the annual Little League Majors Tournament of Champions.

The single-elimination tournament was played entirely in Clatskanie. The championship game was on Wednesday evening.

Carr Construction put together a slim early lead and were up 2-1 going into the fourth inning. Dow Bros. tied up the game with a lone run and the score remained tied through the Little League regulation six innings.

The Rainier squad started getting hits and scored six runs in the seventh to put the game away. Dow Bros. got the bat on the ball in the final frame, but were unable to overcome the deficit.

Dow Bros. had knocked the last Scappoose team out of the tournament on Tuesday in the semifinals, beating the St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union team, 9-7.

It was a 12-team tournament with eight teams playing in the first round on June 2. Fultano's lost to Hometown Pizza, 13-12; Portrait Homes eliminated St. Helens Auto Center, 10-0; Beaver Heat beat JY Consulting; and Semling's Construction downed Evenson's, 2-0.

The winners advanced to play four seeded teams: Dow Bros. eliminated Semlings Construction, 12-8; Hometown Pizza of Rainier topped Dutch Bros., 10-0; Carr Construction posted a 6-1 win over Portrait Homes and the SHCFCU of Scappoose downed Beaver Heat, 17-6.

That left just four teams and two games to set up the championship game.

The Little League organizations in each area will now begin selecting all-stars in preparation for the district tournaments near the end of June.

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