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Two St. Helens teams vie for TOC title

Pure Serenity, Sunshine Pizza play for Little League TOC crown


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Cody McKay slides safely into third with a triple, and then gets up and scores on an overthrow during Tuesday's semifinal game with Rainier.Just two St. Helens teams remained as the county-wide Little League Minors Tournament of Champions wound down last week.

Pure Serenity of St. Helens topped Troyco of Scappoose, 7-2, in a game played at the Moose Lodge in Warren. Sunshine Pizza of St. Helens beat Brackin of Rainier, 9-4, at Veterans Park in Scappoose.

Sunshine and Pure Serenity then faced off Thursday night for the championship title. The game was played after the Spotlight’s Thursday morning press deadline.

The Columbia County Little League Minors got through their pool play games and whittled their tournament down to just the four remaining teams over the last week. by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Jacobi Allen of Sunshine Pizza helped lead his team to a semifinal win over Brackin of Rainier.

Pure Serenity of St. Helens emerged from the Pool 1 with 10-4 win over Rightline from Rainier, and a 13-9 victoru over Steinfeld’s of Scappoose.

Pool 2 winner, Troyco of Scappoose, faced Pure Serenity in the semifinals on Tuesday. Troyco topped Lower Columbia of Rainier, 14-6 in their first pool game. They followed with a 22-8 thumping of NPI of St. Helens.

The other semifinal game pitted Brackin of Rainier against Sunshine Pizza of St. Helens. Brackin had just one pool game, topping Dutch Brothers of St. Helens, 12-7. Sunshine Pizza downed Dutch Brothers of Scappoose, 16-3 in their first pool game, and then beat Dike Marine of Scappoose 12-9.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Neil Wolfe of Pure Serenity relieved Eithan Fraze in the semifinal game with Troyco of Scappoose.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Eithan Fraze of Pure Serenity lets fly with a pitch during TOC semifinal game with Troyco of Scappoose.

In other pool games: Steinfeld’s nipped Rightline, 10-9; Lower Columbia posted a narrow win over NPI, 13-11; and Dike Marine had a slim 9-8 victory over Dutch Brothers of Scappoose.

A number of the players on the Minors teams will see each other again in the Little League District 1 tournament that starts in July.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - J.D. Medley of Troyco had a credible performance on the mound against Pure Serenity.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Luke McNabb did a good job on the mound against Pure Serentiy.

The 9-10 District Tournament is hosted by Wilshire-Riverside and starts July 10. The 10-11 District Tournament is hosted by Lakeside and Parkrose at Falbo Field, beginning July 5. The Majors District Tournament is also hosted by Lakeside and Parkrose, and starts July 5 at Falbo Field.

The Juniors Baseball Tournament is hosted by Willamette and will be played at Roosevelt High School, July 12-14.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Carr Construction wins Majors TOC
Joey Tripp of Rainier threw five pretty good innings as his Greg Carr Construction team beat Malarkey of St. Helens, 5-1, to win the annual Little League Majors TOC. St. Helens had a slim 1-0 lead to start but Carr tied and then went ahead. They lost just one game all season. They beat Semlings, 11-1, and Portrait Homes, 7-5, to advance to the championship game. Malarkey beat Dutch Brothers of Scappoose and Vilardi Electric to make the finals.