Ceciliani leads Savannah to SAL championship

   Madras High School graduate Darrell Ceciliani has erupted for the Savannah Sand Gnats.
   The center fielder went 6 for 7 in the final two games of a three-game series against the Augusta GreenJackets for a berth in the South Atlantic League best-of-five championship series this week.
   Ceciliani, who struggled early this season, has hit .325 over his last 31 games since Aug. 1.
   He had a 4 for 4 effort in game two of the divisional series against Augusta, and sparked the Sand Gnats with a lead-off triple to open the game and scored for a 1-0 lead.
   The Sand Gnats are seeking their first SAL title since 1986.
   Ellsbury belts No. 26; Boston slides in AL East
   Madras High School graduate Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox belted his 26th home run of the season Sept. 10 against Tampa Bay.
   The center fielder hit two long shots last weekend and has 16 hits over his last 10 games, upping his season batting average to .317.
   Ellsbury has 186 hits on the season and is projected to finish just above 200 hits. He has 91 RBIs, scored 104 runs and has 36 stolen bases, but the Red Sox have lost five consecutive games and trail the N.Y. Yankees by 4 games entering Tuesday's play.
   The Red Sox, however, lead the AL Wild Card race, ahead of Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles. Boston hosts Tampa Bay for a four-game set starting Thursday.
   Soccer tourney honors Mexican heritage
   A Mexican Independence Day soccer tournament will take place Sept. 16-18.
   Hosted by the Madras Aquatic Center at Juniper Hills Park, the tournament is open to 10-11 year-olds. Cost is $250 per team. Each team is allowed one 12-year-old player and the remaining must be under 11. All players and families registered for the tournament are welcome to attend a free pool party Sept. 17, from 6-8 p.m. On Sept. 18, an award festival will follow the conclusion of the tournament.
   Abby's hosting Madras High baseball program
   Abby's Legendary Pizza in Madras is hosting the Madras High School baseball program Sept. 21 from 5-9 p.m. A portion of sales benefit MHS baseball from 5-9 p.m.
   Running clinic hosted by Madras Physical Therapy
   Madras Physical Therapy will welcome Max King, who is a two-time Xterra Trail champion and U.S. Cross County World Championship competitor, Sept. 29, from 5:30-7 p.m.
   King will lead an interactive clinic for Good Form Running that focuses on proper body mechanics to help runners of all ages and abilities achieve their goals injury free.
   He will cover four points of Good Form Running and help build awareness of technique through video analysis and training drills.
   The clinic is free thanks to the Madras Physical Therapy Group, but space is limited.
   To reserve a spot, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
   MHS football program hosting golf tournament
   The MHS football program will host the White Buffalo open Sept. 24 at Desert Peaks Golf Course at 9 a.m.
   The event pits Oregon Ducks fans against Oregon State Beavers fans in a team scramble format.
   Entry fee is $50 per player.
   Prizes will be offered to participants and a cash raffle drawing will take place.
   The event will include a meal and single tickets for the meal will be $10.
   Entry forms available at Desert Peaks or the Madras Pioneer.
   For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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