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Minors TOC winner is Pure Serenity

Three-run fourth inning lifts Pure Serenity Massage to tournament crown


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Sunshine Pizza's Michael Looney had this home run hit during the championship game of the Minors Tournament of Champions.Two St. Helens Little League teams battled it out in the county-wide Minors Tournament of Champions last week.

It would take a three-run fourth inning for Pure Serenity Massage to jump into the lead and post a 3-1 win for the championship over Sunshine Pizza.

Michael Looney scored the only run for Sunshine earlier in the game. He pounded a shot into deep left center and wheeled his way safe at home.

Sunshine held the narrow lead until the fourth. Pure by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Ben Heitz of Pure Serenity Massage had a solid performance on the mound in the title game.Serenity loaded the bases, and Kolby Holm was hit by a pitch to send in the tying run. Ben Heitz hit into a fielder’s choice, cutting down the go-ahead run at the plate. After a strike-out, Neil Wolfe hit a line drive single to send in Ashton Smith and Holm.

Sunshine threatened in the next inning. They loaded the bases. The batter ran the count to 3-2, but Pure Serenity pitcher Eithan Fraze bore down with a strike to stop the threat. That ended Sunshine’s comeback.

The St. Helens Little League picked all-stars over the weekend, and many of the players on the two St. Helens teams will be competing at the district tournament.

The 9-10 district tournament is at Riverside, beginning July 10. The 10-11 district tournament will be played at Falbo Field in Portland, starting July 5.

The 11-12 All-Stars also play at Falbo Field, starting July 5.

The Juniors District is at Roosevelt High School, hosted by Willamette Little League, July 12-14.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Michael Looney is safe at home for a homer run as the ball gets past catcher Neil Wolfe of Pure Serenity.

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