The Little League Junior team continues Western Regional play at Tualatin Hills tomorrow

BEAVERTON - Faced with their biggest test of the season, and with the biggest prize awaiting the winner, Beaverton Area Little League came through with flying colors in the District 4 Junior Tournament at Tualatin Hills..

Beaverton, sponsored by Buddies Sports Bar and Grill, opened district with two pool play games to determine seeding for the following double-elimination play. BALL knocked off Southwest Portland 12-3 in its July 23 opener, with Dylan Helphingstine, David Rasmussen and Taylor Roshak getting three hits each and Scott Loggins earning the victory with a solid game on the mound.

In game two, however, Beaverton couldn't duplicate the same magic and dropped a 3-1 decision to Newberg. Helphingstine had another three-hit game with teammate Jon Jon Moore collecting two more. Pitcher David Rasmussen took the loss despite allowing no earned runs.

Seeded No. 2 to start double elimination play on July 24 against Southwest Portland, Beaverton hit its stride. In a solid, mistake-free game, Beaverton won 13-0 behind Helphingstine's complete-game, one-hitter. Josh Midwin, Roshak and Loggins all had two or more hits in the victory.

Then, in a semifinal rematch against top-seeded Newberg on July 25, Beaverton put it all together. Roshak went the distance on the mound and every Beaverton player in the lineup had at least one hit en route to the 10-8 win.

'We put together probably one of our best games of the year,' said BALL manager Don Loggins.

Then, after Newberg got past Southwest Portland to earn its spot in the final, Beaverton went about the business of securing its district championship and a berth in the Little League Juniors Western Regional Tournament, set Aug. 2-10 at Tualatin Hills.

This time, with Newberg needing two straight wins to take the tournament, Beaverton was simply too much. Beaverton routed Newberg 12-2 in six innings, with Scott Renslow and Roshak collecting three hits each (with Renslow hitting his second home run of the tournament in the first inning) and Moore with four hits in the win. Scott Loggins earned the victory with a nice performance on the mound and David Rasmussen came in to shut the door in relief.

It was 'our best performance of the year by far,' Don Loggins said. 'We played fantastic baseball.

'Every boy on the team played very well during the tournament and I am very proud of each and every one of them for their efforts.'

Other members of the team include Jake Buchanan, Tyler Yarnell, Reid Johnson, Skyler Steel, Austin Marple, and coaches Frank Renslow and Mark Rasmussen.

- Miles Vance

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