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Little League baseball district tournaments starting this week

All-Stars kick off tourney play July 7


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Members of the Scappoose Little League All-Star tournament team include: (front, from left) Jordan Buchanan, Breeler Mann, Luke Roth, Connor McNabb, Jaden Holmason; (middle) Logan Hopkins, William Weber, Terrence Lewis, Weston Spang, Kyle Johnson, Michael Weber; (back) Noah Dietz, Coach Belmond Mann, Manager Joe Backus, Coach Mike Buchanan, Gavin Larson.The boys of summer are beginning to hit the field this week in Little League District 1 tournaments, all vying for a chance to move on to the state tournaments, and some with hopes of going even further in the playoffs.

Scappoose and St. Helens each have four teams of various age levels competing: 9-10 year-olds; 10-11 year-olds; All-Stars (11-12) and Juniors (13-14).

Some tournaments have a nearly full compliment of teams, but others are down in numbers.

The Juniors tournament has just three squads—Scappoose, St. Helens and Lakeside/Parkrose. The All-Stars is the biggest tournament with eight teams. There are just four 10-11s teams, but seven 9-10s.

The 10-11s kick off their tournament on July 5 and it is over in four days. The Juniors play all their games July 12-14. The Little League All-Stars is the longest tourney, running from July 7-15. The 9-10s play from July 10-18.

District winners advance to a state tournament.

All-Stars

The Little League All-Star tournament gets under way on July 7 at Falbo Field in Northwest Portland. The tournament is hosted by Lakeside Little League.

Scappoose, St. Helens and Rainier all have teams in the 8-team tournament. Rainier opens the tournament with a 9 a.m. game against IKLL/Willamette. St. Helens is up next at noon, taking on Wilshire-Riverside. Scappoose follows at 3 p.m. against Peninsula. Hollywood/Rose City and Lakeside/Parkrose play in the 6 p.m. nightcap.

Losers of the first four games play at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the next day. Winners play on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The all-star tournament continues through Sunday, July 14 with the first of possibly two championship games. The game begins at 1 p.m. The second championship game (if necessary) is slated for 1 p.m. on Monday, July 15.

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Members of the Scappoose Little League Juniors tournament team include: (front, from left) Jerad Toman, Richard Reser, Nathyn Maller, Nate Rieman, Jacob Mizee; (middle row) Christopher Bendle, Bradley Verbout, Brody Butler, Ted Stephenson, Cade Davidson, Kyler Alioth; (back) Coach Paul Butler, Ethaniel German, Manager Albert Bernal, Coach Dave Maller, Dakota Poppenhagen, Coach Travis German.

Juniors

The Little League Juniors baseball tournament is slated for Roosevelt High School, July 12-14. There are just three teams in the tournament. Scappoose, St. Helens and Lakeside/Parkrose.

Scappoose and St. Helens play in the first game of the tournament at 6 p.m. on July 12. The winner plays Parkrose the next day at 10 a.m. The loser of the second game must then play the loser of the first game at 1 p.m. the same day. The championship game is set for 9 a.m. on July 14. An “if” game would follow the same day at 3 p.m. if both teams have just one loss.

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Members of the Scappoose Little League 9-10s team include: (front, from left) Kade Hildreth, Jaxon Bundy, Jack Duschka, Cooper Ragan; (middle) Connor MacLachlan, Luke McNabb, Mikey Bates, Colton Frates, Tyler Souvenir, Jordyn Ward; (back) Coach Wayne Bundy, Manager Troy Duschka, Coach Tom MacLachlan, Coach Jason Hildreth, Coach Mike Ragan. Not pictured: Logan Johnson.

9-10s

The 9-10 district tournament is also fairly large with seven teams playing at Riverside Field. Wilshire-Riverside is hosting. The tourney runs from July 10 through July 17 or July 18. Scappoose and St. Helens play each other in the first game of the tournament off a pigtail bracket. That game is set for 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 10.

The winner of the Scappoose-St. Helens game plays Wilshire-Riverside at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 12. The loser has to play the loser of the HRC-American and Lakeside/Parkrose game at 6:30 p.m. July 12

The championship game won’t occur until 6 p.m., July 17. An “if” game would be played at 6 p.m. the next night.

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Members of the Scappoose Little League 10-11s team include: (front, from left) Matt Wallin, Tanner Balogh, Noah Packineau, Drake Kramer, Denver Backus, Jacob Bernhard; (middle) Oliver Benner, Easton Decker, Ben Anicker, Thomas Greiner; (back) Coach Ken Kramer, Manager Jeff Bernhard, Coach Clyde Anicker.

10-11s

The 10-11s also play at Falbo Field, starting July 5 at 4 p.m. St. Helens meets Wilshire-Riverside in the first game and Scappoose takes on Hollywood/Rose City in the second game, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The winners meet on Saturday, July 6 at 1 p.m., while the losers play at 10 a.m. the same day. The two losers on July 6 meet again the same day at 5 p.m. The loser of that game is out, while the winner will play the loser from the other bracket at 5 p.m. The championship is at 4 p.m., Monday, July 8. An “if” game is set to follow at 6:30 p.m.