Youth baseball: Wilsonville teams cap seasons in state playoffs
The Midget Federal, Junior Federal and Senior National squads advance to their respective Junior Baseball Organization tournaments this summer.
Three youth baseball teams from Wilsonville wrapped up their seasons with trips to the state playoffs. Heres how each of the local squads fared this summer:
Wilsonvilles excellent season lasted into the state playoffs.
Coached by Scott McDonald, the team finished at 16-2-1 in the Clackamas County Junior Baseball Association standings and captured a league championship.
In the county playoffs July 11-14 at North Clackamas Park, Wilsonville snagged third place. Boasting the brackets top seed, it defeated Gladstone in the first round and ousted Clackamas in its next game to advance in the double-elimination tournament.
Wilsonville then lost to eventual county champion Tualatin, falling into the bottom half of the bracket, and it was bounced from the tournament by Canby in its next game.
Still, McDonalds squad did well enough to earn a bid to the Junior Baseball Organization state playoffs July 18-21 at Pacific University in Forest Grove.
Fourth-seeded Wilsonville dropped its opening-round meeting with No. 5 Westview. Its season came to an end in the losers bracket with a setback against ninth-seeded Portland-Lincoln.
Wilsonvilles solid campaign came to an end without a postseason.
Coached by Kyle Hubbard, the team posted an 11-3 record to place fifth out of 23 teams in its county division.
The four squads with better records South Clackamas, Tualatin, Barlow and Colton were all league champions.
But with a chance to advance to the county playoffs, Wilsonville lost a qualifying game June 27 against No. 12 Redmond and missed out on the eight-team bracket.
South Clackamas defeated Molalla for the county championship. North Plains topped Newberg for the state title.
Wilsonvilles season ended in the fifth-place game of the county tournament.
Coached by Bob Kleckner, the team finished in seventh place out of 15 teams in the CCJBA standings with an 8-8 record.
Things started off well in the county playoffs for Wilsonville, which topped North Marion in the first round July 12 at North Clackamas Park.
That victory was followed by a loss to eventual county runner-up Estacada later that day.
The setback dropped Wilsonville into the losers bracket, where it fell to Milwaukie the following morning.
Facing North Marion for the second time in two days, Wilsonville lost in the fifth-place game to wrap up its season.
Putnam won the county title and advanced to the July 18-21 state playoffs at Erv Lind Stadium in Portland with the top overall seed.
A runner-up finish in the county tournament and a trip to the state playoffs were among the highlights for Wilsonville this year.
Led by coach Tim Baker, the team climbed to third place out of 11 teams in its CCJBA division with a 14-6 record, finishing behind only North Marion (16-4) and Clackamas (15-5).
And Wilsonville was just getting started. With the third seed in the county playoffs, which were held July 11-14 at Empey Field in Canby, Bakers squad topped Tualatin and Clackamas in its first two games.
Wilsonville was handed its first loss by North Marion, but it bounced back by defeating Barlow in the losers bracket. That win earned the team another shot at the countys top team, but it couldnt overcome North Marion in the championship game and settled for second place.
In the state tournament July 18-21 at Hopkins Elementary School in Sherwood, fourth-seeded Wilsonville lost to No. 5 Sherwood in its first game and was eliminated by Lebanon the next morning.
Wilsonville had two teams in this 34-team division, but neither was able to qualify for the county playoffs.
Larry Oesterreichs squad ended up with a 4-10 tally, while Bryan Smiths group went 4-11.
Only the divisions top 16 teams were either guaranteed or eligible to contend for playoffs berths.
In the county playoffs June 29-30 at Centennial Park in Woodburn, three of the eight teams and both finalists were from West Linn.
Camas defeated McKay for the state championship.
Wilsonville didnt let its mediocre regular season keep it from engineering an extended playoff run.
Coached by Michael McCormack, the squad went 8-7 in its division to place 12th out of 22 teams.
Wilsonville thus earned the last of the 12 spots in the pre-playoff tournament, where it upset No. 5 West Linn to advance to the county championships in Lake Oswego.
In the eight-team tournament, fifth-seeded Wilsonville fell to Sellwood in the first round but responded by topping Estacada in the losers bracket July 12 at Westlake Park.
The following day at Waluga Park, Wilsonville fell to Wilson before taking fifth place overall with a win over West Linn. Lake Oswego won the county title.
In the state playoffs July 18-21 at Estacada High School, McCormacks team held the No. 10 seed. After falling to No. 7 Camas, it toppled fourth-seeded Beaverton and upset top-ranked Lake Oswego before bowing out against No. 3 Hillsboro.