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Local Little League teams do well in district tourneys

The local Little League baseball tournament teams continue to have a pretty good record in district competition, and still have a possibility of four champions in all four tournaments.

The St. Helens Juniors team emerged last Sunday morning as the district champs with a 5-2 win over Parkrose. They went through the small tournament unbeaten. Scappoose did fairly well in the tournament. They won their first game, then lost to St. Helens, and then lost a score fest against Parkrose. St. Helens now advances to the state tournament in Turner. Scappoose won this tournament last year and went on to regionals in California.Sports Editor John Brewington

The “All-Star tournament as Little League refers to the 11-12 year-olds got under way on Saturday at the Riverside field off Columbia Boulevard. St. Helens advanced with a win in the first round and needs one more win to be one of two unbeaten. Scappoose lost the first round, but came back to eliminate Clatskanie and still can come back through the loser’s bracket. That’s a tough row to hoe, but they still had a shot going into Tuesday’s game. The winner advances to state in Lake Oswego.

Also finishing up at Riverside were the 10-11s. Scappoose won their first two games of the 5-team tournament and were waiting for the winner of Monday’s game. Scappoose must win one of two games to take the championship. St. Helens didn’t have as good a tournament. They got a narrow win in their first game, but then lost badly in their next two and were eliminated. If Scappoose wins, they will travel to Hermiston for their state tournament.

The Little League 9-10s tournament is one of the bigger ones. The 12-team tournament was down to just two teams on Monday. St. Helens and Wilshire/Riverside. St. Helens beat the same team Saturday, 8-0, and now has to lose two games to them not to win the championship. Their best pitcher was available for the Monday game and St. Helens would have to be considered the favorite. If St. Helens wins, they’ll go to state at the Centennial fields in Gresham.

Let’s not forget the Little League softball teams, either. I’m sure I would get e-mails if I did. Neither of the two Scappoose teams won district, but both got to play for the district championship. The Scappoose 9-10s won their first two games, including a win over Hollywood/Rose City/WRLL, but then lost to Hollywood twice in the championship games. Second place is not bad, though.

The All-Star (11-12s) team also finished second in a similar fashion. They won their first game over Parkrose, and then lost to Hollywood/Lakeside/Rose City. They made it back to the championship game, but lost to Hollywood again, 16-3.

On a side note, I did get a couple of e-mails last week complaining that the softball teams didn’t get their pictures in color. Coincidentally, this ran along with a story we did on Title IX. I had originally planned to run all the Little League baseball team pictures on two facing pages, and run softball on the back page. The color positions wouldn’t allow that, so softball ended up in black and white. Some writers tried to make it more than it was. It was just the way it had to be. One complained that we had nine boys’ pictures and just two of the girls. Well, there were nine baseball teams and two softball. I ran one baseball the week before and also ran a big action shot. There really wasn’t much that could be done about the way it ran and so that’s the way to be. I will probably think about it a bit more next year, though.

All that aside, it has been a pretty good all-star season for the St. Helens and Scappoose Little League teams. There’s a good chance at least two and as many as four out of four will go on to state.